You often hear the term "steal" when it comes to the NFL Draft. It's one of those obnoxious terms that gets thrown around by the so-called experts like "big boy football." We're at the point when it really applies, no one sees it.
This is one of those times.
When it comes to the Denver Broncos and Bralon Addison, it seems the overused term is appropriate.
Addison was signed as an undrafted free agent from the University of Oregon, and without question is the one who brings the most intrigue of the 21 undrafted free agents.
It appears the Broncos are deep at wide receiver, but as John Elway and Gary Kubiak have shown, they love competition. Addison brings incredible athletic and play-making ability - both as a receiver and return specialist.
Could Addison become the latest undrafted receiver to thrive in Kubiak's offense?
Ryan Thorburn, former Broncos beat writer for the Boulder Daily Camera from 2000-07 before moving to the Buffs and current Oregon beat writer at the Eugene Register-Guard since 2013, gives Broncos Country some insight on the latest "steal."
MHR - What can the Broncos and fans expect from Addison?
Ryan Thorburn - A versatile guy who is willing to do whatever it takes to make it in the NFL.
MHR - In your mind, why wasn't he drafted? Some had him as a third- or fourth-round pick. Were you and even the Oregon program surprised he wasn't drafted?
Thorburn - Addison missed the 2014 season recovering from a torn ACL. The Oregon offense didn't really miss him as Marcus Mariota won the Heisman, and the team played for a national title. Last year he proved to be healthy and productive again, but his size (listed at 5-10) and a slower-than-expected 40 time (4.66) at the NFL Scouting Combine probably dropped his draft grade.
MHR - How much motivation does he get from not being drafted?
Thorburn - It might add a little motivation, but I think Addison just wanted an opportunity to make an NFL roster and then find a role on a team.
MHR - After Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who is where on the depth chart is anyone's best guess at this point. What is the likelihood Addison cracks the Broncos top five receivers?
Thorburn - It's probably a bit of a long shot, but I think Addison will be able to get open at the next level and could develop into a slot receiver.
MHR - What will Addison have to do and improve on to make that happen?
Thorburn - I think it's just a matter of Addison learning to run all of the routes required at the next level that weren't a part of Oregon's quick-strike spread offense.
MHR - How good is the fit between Addison and the Gary Kubiak offense?
Thorburn - I think it's a good fit for Addison because he is not shy about contact and is already a good blocker. I'm obviously not suggesting he's the next Rod Smith, but the kid is willing to do the dirty work on the edges.
MHR - Some have speculated that Addison could become the punt and kickoff returner for the Broncos this year given how good he is in space and his speed. How realistic is that? Does he even have experience as a returner?
Thorburn - I thought Addison might get drafted on Day 3 due to his ability to thrive on special teams. He's a dynamic punt returner. Bronco fans should try to find clips of his two touchdowns against Cal on a rainy night in 2013 at Autzen Stadium.
MHR - How much, if any, did his injury impact him in 2015?
Thorburn - Not much. He was honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2013 and was second team in 2015 after leading the Ducks in receiving and finishing fourth in the conference with 10 touchdown catches.
MHR - How much did Addison's injury impact the Ducks offense, and how much better did it get when he returned?
Thorburn - Oregon was pretty loaded at wide receiver. Darren Carrington was the go-to-guy in the passing game, and the Ducks also leaned heavily on running back Royce Freeman. Addison's return did allow Devon Allen, a potential Olympian this summer, to ease back into the lineup after returning from his own knee injury.
MHR - What is he like off the field?
Thorburn - Accessible and personable with the media. By all accounts, a good guy away from football.
MHR - What is something most people don't know about Addison?
Thorburn - He was a first-team, all-state high school quarterback in Texas. From what former offensive coordinator Scott Frost said, Addison was a pretty unstoppable dual-threat QB at that level. Colorado Buffs fans watched him throw a 39-yard touchdown pass off a reverse in Boulder last season. He was even curious about possibly returning for the 2016 season and competing to replace Vernon Adams Jr., but making it in the NFL as a wide receiver was a more realistic option.
MHR - How do you see this all playing out for him? What is the most likely outcome?
Thorburn - I think Addison will either make the 53-man roster as a punt returner or will be on a practice squad as an intriguing developmental wide receiver. He has the hands and the work ethic to contribute somewhere.