According to 9NEWS Sports Denver, the Denver Broncos are visiting with linebacker prospects Owamagbe Odighizuwa, and Neiron Ball and tight end Cameron Clear.
Three draft prospects visiting the #Broncos today: TE Cam Clear (Texas A&M) OLB Owa Odighizuwa (UCLA) LB Neiron Ball (Florida) #9News— 9NEWS Sports Denver (@9NEWSSports) April 16, 2015
Owamagbe Odighizuwa is considered one of the top second-tier defensive ends/edge rushers in this year's draft. He comes in at 6'3", 267lbs and has 34" arms.
Odighizuwa is a powerful player on the field. He uses his long arms, strength and non-stop motor to disrupt offenses. He doesn't put up big time sack numbers, but he makes everyone around him better and he's a disruptor, and "disruption is production".
He played in a 3-4 scheme while at UCLA, so it would be an easy transition for him if the Broncos drafted him. Odighizuwa could also split time with DeMarcus Ware which would allow the veteran to stay fresh throughout the season.
I believe Odighizuwa is in play for the Broncos in the first round. I really like this player, and I'm excited that the Broncos are showing some interest in him.
Check out my full scouting report on Odighizuwa here.
Linebacker Neiron Ball, Florida:
Neiron Ball is a 6'2", 236lb linebacker from the University of Florida. He's a versatile linebacker who can play inside linebacker in the 3-4 and 4-3, and can also play on special teams. He is good against the run and can man up when called on. He also plays with toughness and a good motor.
Ball comes with some unfortunate baggage. He lost both of his parents before the age of 10, he underwent brain surgery in 2011 after being diagnosed with rare, hereditary condition, and underwent microfracture surgery back in mid-November.
He will have to overcome the odds to become an NFL player, but if life doesn't get in his way and he recovers from his injury he could be one of those undrafted free agent steals that the Broncos seem to get every year.
"I really like Von Miller (Denver Broncos) and Jamie Collins (New England Patriots)," said Ball. "I really like to watch those guys. I kind of remind myself of them and Justin Brown (Kansas City Chiefs) too."
After reading up on Ball, it's hard not to root for him. Hopefully someone gives him a shot in the NFL.
Read more about Ball's story here.
Tight end Cameron Clear, Texas A&M:
Clear is a 6'5", 277lb tight end out of Texas A&M. He's a big tight end who can run routes and help out with blocking. His frame could hold up to 300lbs, and some believe he might have a future as a tackle in the NFL.
However, Clear comes with some red flags. He was dismissed from Tennessee in 2012 after being arrested and charged with felony theft. He later plead guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft. Many people are questioning his character and he has struggled with weight issues. Some also question his toughness and do not believe he can be a player in the NFL.
With all that said, Clear is expected to go undrafted. The Broncos have been looking at a lot of late round/potential UDFA guys so I'm chalking this up as them just doing their due diligence.
T.J. Clemmings and tight end Tyler Kroft visit the Broncos:
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Denver Broncos visited with offensive tackle prospect T.J. Clemmings and tight end prospect Tyler Kroft on Wednesday.
Bronco visits: Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, tight end Tyler Kroft: http://t.co/uw6FvnqNA7 via @mikeklis— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 15, 2015
We already knew about the Clemmings visit, but the Kroft visit is news to me.
Kroft is a 6'5", 246lb tight end prospect from Rutgers University. He's an athletic tight end who is known for his above average blocking skills. This seems like the type of tight end that Kubiak likes in his offense. Able to block in the run game, but can get open downfield in the passing game.
The Broncos continue to look at tight ends despite signing Owen Daniels, Virgil Green and James Casey this offseason. I'm guessing we'll see the Broncos come away with a mid to late-round tight end in the draft.
Kroft is expected to go somewhere in the third to fifth rounds on the draft.