The NFL lets each team invite 30 draft prospects each year to their facilities for interviews. Last year, the Broncos brought in Nik Bonitto, their eventual second-round pick. They also took a visit from Ja’Quan McMillian, whom the team signed as a free agent, and McMillian went on to start the final game of the season.
So far, the Broncos have held top-30 visits with 14 prospects, which means they have 16 to go.
The Broncos currently have two of the first five picks in the third round, a fourth-round pick, a fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Only a few teams have less draft ammo than the Broncos, which is probably why they’re mostly speaking with players who could still be around on Day 3 of the draft.
Here’s who has visited the Broncos so far…
Byron Young, EDGE, Tennessee
6-foot-2, 250 pounds
One of the most unique prospects in the draft, Young abandoned football after high school but returned to the field two years later at a junior college. He jumped to the SEC ahead of the 2021 season and posted 12.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss in two years. Young’s lengthy journey to the draft leaves him as a 25-year-old prospect who is still trying to find his game. He tested well at the combine, which includes a 4.43 40-dash, but he may not be big enough to hold up at the point of attack in the running game. Young might still be available when the Broncos make their first pick.
Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
5-foot-10, 192 pounds
Williams appears to be a good but not great athlete, though a torn ACL in October kept him from athletic testing this offseason. Before the injury, Williams had allowed an 84.1 passer rating with a pair of interceptions when targeted in coverage. Williams played almost exclusively as a boundary corner in Syracuse’s zone-heavy defense, but his physicality—which shows up in the running game—could make him a better fit in a press-man system. The torn ACL should keep him on the board for the Broncos’ first picks.
Jake Witt, OT, Northern Michigan
6-foot-7, 302 pounds
An injury pinch forced in the Division II National Championship Game forced Witt to shift from tight end to tackle, a position he had never played. A year and a half later, Witt’s physical traits make him one of the most intriguing prospects at the position. He wasn’t invited to the combine, but his pro day jumps would have been among the best ever by a lineman at the combine, and his sub-4.8 40-yard dash would have been the fastest of any lineman this year. He’s a raw prospect but a near-lock to find an NFL home on Day 3 of the draft.
Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
5-foot-9, 207 pounds
Tucker set a Syracuse single-season record with nearly 1,500 yards in 2021 and followed that campaign up with another 1,000-yard season in 2022. He averaged more than six yards per carry in each of those seasons. Tucker is a physical, quick-twitch runner who has breakaway speed in the open field. He doesn’t have any of the necessary skills to play on third downs, but those could still be on the way. Tucker could be a target on Day 3 of the draft.
Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
6-foot-5, 251 pounds
Schoonmaker posted the third-best Relative Athletic Score of any tight end in his class but didn’t provide much as a receiver at Michigan. He could develop into a decent vertical threat, but he figures to fit in best as a blocking tight end in the NFL. He’ll be available on Day 3 of the draft.
Chandler Zavala, OG, NCST
6-foot-5, 325 pounds
Zavala only played one year of high school football. He began his collegiate career in the Division II ranks but transferred to NC State. He put on 60 pounds in his first offseason and became one of the ACC’s best offensive linemen. Zavala is strong and physical but lacks quickness. A 2016 high school graduate, Zavala is an older prospect who could be an option in the third round but is more likely to land on Day 3.
Jordon Riley, DT, Oregon
6-foot-5, 338 pounds
Riley bounced from North Carolina to Nebraska to Oregon. He’s an easy player to profile; he’s a prototypical nose tackle. In four seasons, he only has half of a sack, but you don’t expect penetration from a man his size. Riley’s game may play up in the NFL, where finding big men who can hold their ground inside is tougher. He’s more likely to get drafted than not.
David Durden, WR, West Florida
6-foot-1, 205 pounds
Durden was the engine behind Division II West Florida’s 12-2 season. He provided 1,128 yards and 13 touchdowns. Durden’s hands, size and athleticism—he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash—make him a potential WR1 in the NFL, but the leap from Division II ball to the NFL will be tough for the 24-year-old. He’s probably more likely to go undrafted than to be selected.
DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
6-foot-3, 229 pounds
Overshown was the No. 1 safety recruit in the 2018 recruiting class but only played linebacker from the 2020 season on. Overshown might be the best blitzer in the draft, thanks to his speed and hit power. He’s a linear athlete, though, and his lack of weight and fluidity might make him a liability in the running game at the next level. Overshown could be a target on Day 2 but he might be a steal if he’s still on the board in the fourth round.
Jack Colletto, FB, Oregon State
6-foot-2, 237 pounds
Call him a fullback, tight end, or wildcat quarterback; Colletto plays just about any offensive skill position. He even played 95 snaps of linebacker in 2022. If Sean Payton wants his Taysom Hill, nobody fits that mold better than Colletto. It’s anybody’s guess if Colletto is a draft pick.
Sean Clifford, QB, Penn State
6-foot-2, 218 pounds
The four-year starter has as much experience as any quarterback in the class. He’s a good athlete for the position and thrived running read options and RPOs. He may not fit well in a traditional offense, but Sean Payton may believe he can build an offense around him. He’s a fringe draft pick.
Art Green, CB, Houston
6-foot-1, 198 pounds
Green just finished a solid first season as a starter, but he didn’t receive all-conference honors. He performed well enough in the Hula Bowl to earn an invite to the Senior Bowl and then ran a 4.36 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day. Green might not be a draft pick, but his size, speed and inexperience could convince a team to believe his best is still on the way.
Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
6-foot-6, 256 pounds
Musgrave, the nephew of former Broncso offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, is a versatile tight end who is a good-but-not-great athlete. He provided valuable production in 2021 but missed most of the 2022 season. The 22-year-old is a solid blocker whose size should help him get even better, and he can be an immediate red-zone threat with the potential to be a downfield weapon in the future. The Broncos would probably have to trade up to select Musgrave.
Jordan Rhodes, OG, Arkansas State
6-foot-6, 300 pounds
Rhodes committed to South Carolina and took over as starting left guard in 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season for health reasons and transferred to Ole Miss, where he appeared in every game as a backup in 2021. He transferred to Arkansas State before the 2022 season, where he was a full-time starter. Rhodes has NFL size but teams may not roll the dice on a developmental player who will turn 25 before the season.