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NFL Free Agency: Broncos to meet with guard Shelley Smith if he doesn't sign with the Seahawks

Could the CSU product replace Orlando Franklin at left guard?

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According to the Denver Posts Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos plan on visiting with guard Shelley Smith on Friday. Smith will visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, and there's a chance that the Broncos may not have a chance to visit with him.

Smith, a 6'4 312lb offensive lineman was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by then Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Smith has experience in Kubiak's zone blocking scheme, so he makes sense for the Broncos.

Smith has bounced around the league some during his short career in the NFL. He has played with the Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, and spent this past season with the Miami Dolphins. This past season, Smith started 3 of the 11 games he played for the Miami Dolphins. He started the season as the starter but suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for about a month. After that he shared left guard duties with veteran guard Daryn College, and served as a utility guard.

According to Pro Football Focus, Smith had a -10.1 overall rating in 2014. He had a -3.2 pass block grade, and a -6.9 run block grade.

If signed, Smith would compete with Ben Garland for the starting left guard position left vacant by Orlando Franklin who signed with the San Diego Chargers. At the very least he would give the Broncos a veteran reserve who fits into Gary Kubiak's system.