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Broncos Add College Free Agents

Posted Apr 27, 2013

After the 2013 NFL Draft, the Broncos added 16 college free agents.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When the NFL Draft is over, the night is just beginning for personnel staffs across the league.

The next few hours of "chaos," as Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway put it, are reserved for calling undrafted free agents, convincing them to choose one team over another.

"That's where the coaches and scouts work together and it’s fun to watch them and they even become negotiators," Elway said. "I’ve said, you know, the guy that does the best job at recruiting these CFAs has the option to have the part-time job at John Elway Chevrolet as a used car salesman, so it was a good competition.”

For the Broncos, the college free agent signing period has been an especially fruitful one for the last decade. At least one undrafted rookie has made the club's Week 1 roster for nine consecutive seasons -- the third-longest active streak in the league.

“Well it is (important)," Elway said. "As soon as the draft is over there is chaos for an hour straight. (We were) trying to get as many CFAs signed as we wanted."

The Broncos currently have 25 players that began their NFL career as college free agents: Mike Adams, Lance Ball, Justin Boren, Aaron Brewer, Mario Butler, Tony Carter, Chris Clark, Britton Colquitt, Paul Cornick, C.J. Davis, Mario Fannin, Ben Garland, Blake Gideon, Chris Harris, Duke Ihenacho, Jeremiah Johnson, Steven Johnson, Greg Orton, Matt Prater, Quentin Saulsberry, Gerell Robinson, Sealver Siliga, Mitch Unrein, Wes Welker and Wesley Woodyard.

This year, the Broncos added 16 CFAs at the conclusion of the draft. Below is a list of the undrafted rookies heading to Denver:

C.J. Anderson, RB, California
Anderson finished his two-year career at Cal with 1,135 yards rushing on 198 carries for an average of 5.73 yards per rush while scoring 12 touchdowns on the ground. He participated in the 2013 NFL Combine, ranking among the event's top running backs in the 20-yard shuttle (T3rd, 4.12) and broad jump (T13th, 119.0").

Kemonte' Bateman WR New Mexico St.
Bateman caught 50 passes for the New Mexico State Aggies in 2012 for 707 yards and five touchdowns. He caught four or more passes in seven games.

Ryan Doerr, P, Kansas State
Doerr punted 41 times his senior year and averaged 41 yards per punt. His career long was a 65-yarder in 2011.

Manase Foketi, OL, West Texas A&M
Foketi possesses good size at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds. He played mostly tackle in college but also has experience at the interior offensive line positions.

Aaron Hester, CB, UCLA
Hester is a good-sized corner at 6-foot-1, 207 pounds. He started in all 14 games in 2012 for the Bruins and was a Week 1 starter in four straight seasons.

Ryan Katz, QB, San Diego State
Katz played one year at San Diego State University after transferring to the school from Oregon State. He completed 99-of-163 passes with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2012 for the Aztecs.

Uona Kaveinga, LB, BYU
In two years at BYU, Kaveinga racked up 106 tackles with nine coming in the backfield. He also recorded four forced fumbles, two recoveries, an interception and two pass breakups.

Gary Mason Jr., DE, Baylor
A three-year starter, Mason Jr. totaled eight tackles in the backfield in 2012, the second-most on the team.. He has benched 435 pounds and recorded 32 reps in the 225-pound bench press.

Lerentee McCray, LB, Florida
McCray tallied 25 tackles in 2012 with 4.5 TFL (3.0 sacks), one interception and one fumble recovery. He started 11 of 12 games during his senior campaign.

Quincy McDuffie, WR, UCF
McDuffie was a return specialist at UCF, finishing his career as the school’s all-time in kickoff returns (90), kickoff return yards (2,501) and kickoff return touchdowns (six). He was a Sports Illustrated first-team All-American as a kick returner.

Ross Rasner, S, Arkansas
Rasner’s 92 tackles led the Razorbacks in 2012, and he also made significant contributions elsewhere. The senior added eight tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Lucas Reed, TE, New Mexico
A two-time All-American, Reed caught 77 passes for 949 yards with six touchdowns at New Mexico. The tight end’s 77 catches tied a school record. He is the younger brother of Brooks Reed, who is a linebacker for the Houston Texans.

Douglas Rippy, LB, Colorado
A local talent, Rippy overcame an early season knee injury in 2012 to see action in nine games, starting three. He posted a season-high six tackles against USC.

Lamaar Thomas, WR, New Mexico
Thomas’ speed and quickness is what stands out, as a two-sport athlete who lettered as a track athlete for three years at New Mexico. His nickname is “Flash,” and he was utilized as a runner, receiver and quarterback in 2012.

John Youboty, DE, Temple
Youboty started every game his senior year for the Owls and led the team with tackles in the backfield (6). He earned Second-Team All-Big East honors after moving to the edge from the middle for his senior year.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, the Broncos also agreed to terms with defensive tackle Romney Fuga from BYU. Fuga made 42 tackles with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss as a senior, helping the Cougars defense rank third in the nation in yards allowed (266.1).

Stuart Zaas, Gray Caldwell and Chris Hall contributed to this report.

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