ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Now that Sylvester Williams has signed with the Tennessee Titans and Kayvon Webster has signed with the Los Angeles Rams since free agency officially opened last week, the Denver Broncos' class of 2013 has officially moved on or been sent on its way.
The Broncos now have none of the seven players they selected in the 2013 draft on their roster.
Williams was the team’s first-round pick that year -- 28th overall -- and Webster was the Broncos’ third-round pick (90th overall). Those two played for Broncos teams that won three division titles, made two Super Bowl trips and won Super Bowl 50, but that empty year now leaves a bit of a developmental hole in the Broncos' depth chart since none of those players made it to a second contract with the team.
Overall, Williams started 48 games for the Broncos in his four seasons and played in all but four games in those years. Webster was always caught behind Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby on the depth chart at cornerback but was the team’s special teams captain this past season.
It was a good run for the Broncos and those two players. However, the remainder of that draft class was little more than a disappointment. Running back Montee Ball was the second-round pick and lasted just two seasons with the team as he was supplanted by C.J. Anderson, who made the roster as an undrafted rookie in '13, and Ronnie Hillman.
Ball rushed for 559 yards at 4.7 yards per carry on a Super Bowl team as a rookie in '13, but was injured and looked sluggish when he was in the lineup the following year, rushing for 3.1 yards per carry. Ball has not played in a regular-season game since the 2014 season and has had some off-the-field issues, including two arrests in 2016.
Quanterus Smith (fifth round), a pass-rusher who had a three-sack game against Alabama in his final season at Western Kentucky, never escaped knee troubles that began when he tore an ACL in his final college season. Smith has, since he was waived by the Broncos, spent time with the Jaguars, Jets and Lions. Wide receiver Tavarres King (fifth round) was cut in his first training camp and is currently with the New York Giants, while tackle Vinston Painter (sixth round) spent time on the Broncos' practice squad as well as the active roster in the 2014 postseason.
Painter spent most of the 2016 season on the Washington Redskins’ roster and was recently re-signed by the team.
Quarterback Zac Dysert (seventh round) was on the Broncos' roster as a rookie, behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, as well as the practice squad in 2014. He has since spent time with the Bears, Texans, Bills and Dolphins. Dysert is currently with the Arizona Cardinals.
That puts five of the seven players in the draft class still on NFL rosters -- Ball and Smith are not -- but none with the Broncos. That’s not the kind of draft performance John Elway has hoped for, even with the team’s binge in free agency in 2014 when it signed Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware and Emmanuel Sanders.
But the Broncos certainly weren’t alone in 2013 as that year's draft was not a grand endeavor for many teams in the league. Ten players selected in the first round alone that year, including Williams, have signed with new teams since free agency opened March 9.
The 2013 draft is the only one during Elway’s tenure -- he was hired as the team’s chief football decision-maker in 2011 -- that does not have at least one player still on the roster. Defensive end Derek Wolfe is the only player from the team’s 2012 draft while Von Miller and Virgil Green remain from 2011.
Twenty two players remain from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 draft classes combined.
The Broncos have gleaned plenty of starters from those six drafts for teams that won five division titles and made two Super Bowl trips, but Pro Bowl selections have not been plentiful. Among the picks, only Miller both remains on the roster and has been named to a Pro Bowl -- Anderson, an undrafted rookie in '13, has also been to a Pro Bowl.