Our friends over at Broncos Wire projected their own 10-man practice squad on Friday, so before the final cuts come through it seemed like a fun exercise this morning. I especially liked how they picked up Max McCaffrey, but I kind of like the wide receiver talent the Denver Broncos have already cut from their roster.
10-man practice squad prediction
OLB Vontarrius Dora: One of the stars on defense this preseason, but the Broncos can only keep so much talent at one position and the outside rush position is the deepest on the team. Back in early July, I predicted Dora would benefit immensely from a year on the practice squad and his play has only confirmed that assertion. However, he is probably one of the few players the Broncos cut that other teams might be targeting.
OLB Sadat Sulleyman: What I liked most about Sulleyman when I wrote about him back in June is his attention to film study. He talks about studying film a lot and if there is one play a young player can rapidly rise in the NFL is through increasing his football IQ. I believed he was a strong practice squad candidate from the start and I see no reason to change my position.
ILB Dwayne Norman: It's not exaggeration that Norman had to climb a mountain to reach the practice squad as he transitioned from safety to outside linebacker in college and to inside linebacker with the Broncos. He did that and more as he became the 11th Broncos to notch a quarterback sack in the preseason with a strip-sack of Matt Barkley early in the game against the Arizona Cardinals.
DL Kyle Peko: With all of the injuries along the defensive line, the Broncos can ill afford not to stow away some depth on the practice squad. As we noted in our roster review, he was a strong practice squad candidate from the onset and its been reported that the team hopes to get him on the practice squad.
CB John Tidwell: I felt like Lorenzo Doss played himself off the team on Thursday night, but it was Tidwell who was dropped first. If Doss is also let go, the I could see him taking this practice squad position. Tidwell will get to continue learning from the best in the business if he gets in.
WR Mose Frazier: It seems like common sense to keep Paxton Lynch's favorite college target around for a year to help with Lynch's development. He finished with a really good performance in the preseason finale and has likely been a practice squad lock from day one anyway given the investment the Broncos have in their first round quarterback.
WR/KR Kalif Raymond: I felt Bralon Addison was winning this battle early on, but once he was cut in the first wave it became clear that Raymond had overtaken him. He is small, but very fast. The Broncos may want to see if they can work with him to make him better for another shot at the final 53-man roster next year.
OT Lars Hanson: Hanson finished very strong, giving Kapri Bibbs some nice running lanes early in the game. He just needs some time to continue to develop into an NFL lineman. The Broncos certainly need those. It helps that he was also a huge Denver Broncos fan growing up.
That's eight players right there. The last two spots should go to players cut from other teams. The Broncos need some depth along the offensive line and defensive line. Some players from this list are likely guys the Broncos scouted before the draft that would want to bring in on the practice squad.
Anyone you think the Broncos might want to sign onto their practice squad to fill out this 10-man practice squad?
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