Denver took intriguing prospect Quanterus Smith from Western Kentucky in the fifth round.
Many scouts thought Smith would be taken earlier. But he suffered a torn ACL last season and he is still recovering. His long-term prognosis is good.
“He was the most interesting player left on the board today,” ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said. “If he continues to develop, you may have a big-time steal.”
Smith has major pass-rusher burst. He had 12.5 sacks last season and was leading the nation in sacks before his injury. All but a half sack came in three games. What is extremely impressive is Smith had three sacks against Alabama last season and new San Diego right tackle D.J. Fluker. It shows Smith can perform against top competition.
Smith looks more like a situation pass-rusher right away than an every-down player, but he does give Denver more pass-rush options.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Denver will sign San Diego free agent pass-rusher Shaun Phillips. I will have more on this in a bit.