December 7, 2022

Reports: Broncos sign 13 UDFAs, give Alabama OLB Chris Allen guaranteed $180,000

After making nine selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos made a bunch of undrafted free agents.

According to media reports, the Broncos have signed 13 UDFAs:

  • Alabama OLB Christopher Allen
  • Buffalo LB Kadofi Wright
  • USC LB Kana’i Mauga
  • East Carolina CB Ja’Quan McMillian
  • Hawaii CB Cortez Davis
  • Charleston RB Tyriek McCallister
  • WR Jalen Virgil App Status
  • Northwest Missouri State WR Kaden Davis
  • Central Florida WR Brandon Johnson
  • North Carolina State TE Dylan Parham
  • UT Martin TE Rodney Williams
  • Temple OL Michel Niese
  • State of Minot OT Sebastian Gutierrez

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Denver has signed each of those prospects as priority free agents, though the club seems particularly committed to Allen, who received $180,000 in total guarantees, per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Network.

Allen is a 6-foot-3, 241-pound defenseman who missed much of last season with a broken foot. He also missed the entire 2018 campaign with a knee injury. When he was healthy, however, he produced for Nick Saban’s program.

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Allen finished his college career with 34 solo tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, earning 2020 second-team All-SEC honors. Bleacher Report draft scout Derrik Klassen , compared Allen to former Browns LB second-rounder Nate Orchard, giving the “high-level development prospect” a fifth-round rating.

“In a general sense, Allen fits the modern NFL,” Klassen noted. “He can play on the edge as a standing support, adapt to handling run defense responsibilities from there, and he can pin his ears back and rush the passer a bit. However, Allen doesn’t has no real distinguishing trait, and his lack of weight and strength could become more of a problem in the NFL than they were in Alabama. Allen projects himself as a reliable, versatile backup or rotational player in a 3 structure. -4.

Signed, sealed and delivered to Denver, Allen will be thrown into a crowded body of pass-rushing, deep roster made up of the Broncos’ Bradley Chubb, Randy Gregory, Baron Browning, Malik Reed, Jonathon Cooper and fellow rookie Nik Bonitto. 64th pick overall.

“You can never have enough people to rush a passer,” head coach Nathaniel Hackett said in his post-draft press conference. “We talk a lot. It’s how the quarterback plays, it’s how you affect the quarterback defensively. So we want to find as many rushers as possible. We want a great competition in this room. I feel like we’re going to be able to get after some of these quarterbacks in this division.

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