According to Pro Football Focus, the Denver Broncos signed two of PFF's top ten offensive UDFA's so far. Those players being Clemson offensive lineman Kalon Davis, and Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller.
10 Offensive UDFAs to like: https://t.co/kurbn3Q6mR— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 5, 2015
The Denver Broncos have had a ton of success in the undrafted free agent market in recent years, and apparently have brought in another talented crop of undrafted players again this season.
Offensive lineman Kalon Davis:
The Denver Broncos signed the 6'5", 340lb offensive lineman Saturday evening. Pro football focus believes that Davis has a shot at making the Denver Broncos final 53 man roster.
Here's what they had to say about the massive Davis.
Played all over the line at Clemson and was impressive at tackle against a lower level of competition. Doesn’t have the speed that will translate well at the spot in the pros and is far more of a natural guard type prospect. Still had sixth-highest run blocking score of all tackles against Power-5 opposition and his versatility will keep him around. Denver and it’s zone blocking system might not be best fit.
Kalon Davis had 485 snaps pass blocking snaps last season, and he did not allow a single sack. Add that with his sixth-highest run blocking score against the Power-5 opposition, the Broncos might have a massive steal in Davis.
He also doesn't face the stiffest competition at the guard position. The only guard on the roster who is a lock is starting right guard Louis Vasquez. Journeyman Shelley Smith and career backup Ben Garland are Davis's main competition for a roster spot.
The biggest issue will be scheme fit. Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme commonly uses "smaller", more athletic lineman who can move well in space. Davis is neither of those things, so this addition is somewhat odd. Obviously Kubiak believes he can use Davis otherwise he wouldn't be on the Broncos roster. so it will be interesting to see how this works out.
Wide receiver Matt Miller:
The Broncos signed the 6'3 220lb receiver to a contract on Saturday evening. Pro Football Focus also believes that the talented Miller can crack the Broncos final 53 man roster.
Here's what they had to say.
Season was cut short by ankle surgery after he made an extremely productive start to the season for Boise State. His 2.73 yards per route run would have seen him finish 12th in the nation of draft-eligible wide receivers if he had played enough to qualify. Still, he was even more productive in the slot with his 3.19 YPRR best in the nation and that’s where he could fit in as the kind of bigger body there.
Miller is the Broncos' all-time record for career receptions with 244, gaining 3,049 yards (12.5 YPR) with 29 TDs. His senior season at Boise State was cut short by an ankle injury were tore multiple ligaments.
The big thing with Miller will be if he has the athletic ability needed to be an NFL player. He ran his 40-time in the mid 4.7's at the Boise State Pro Day earlier this year. That does have me wondering if he has the necessary speed to consistently gain separation in the NFL.
If this NFL thing doesn't work out for Miller, he has a backup plan.
"It's a lifelong dream of mine to go play in the NFL," said Miller, who holds the Boise State career record for receptions and caught 29 touchdown passes. "The ranches and the farming, they're not going anywhere. That's something I can do for the rest of my life. You can only play football for a certain amount of years, so it's been a goal of mine ever since I started playing football. That's why I'm still going to go for it, work my butt off. And if it doesn't work out, I've got a great fallback and a passion in cattle."
Miller doesn't face the toughest competition to make the roster either. Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Cody Latimer are locks for the first, second and third spots on the depth chart, but after that it's wide open. Veteran's Andre Caldwell and Jordan Norwood will be looking to lock down the 4th and 5th spots. After that, you have Nathan Palmer, Isiah Burse, Bennie and Kyle Willams looking to make the roster.
So if Miller has a strong camp and preseason he could crack the roster, or at leas the practice squad.