Posted Mon Apr 27th by Monty
The Denver Broncos have signed 15 undrafted free agents since the 2009 drafted ended Sunday. UPDATE – The Broncos have confirmed the signings, and provided bios of each free agent. See those after the jump!
Kestahn Moore, running back, Florida
David Grimes, wide receiver, Notre Dame
Travis Shelton, wide receiver/safety, Temple
Lucas Taylor, wide receiver, Tennessee
Nate Swift, wide receiver, Nebraska
Marquez Branson, tight end, Central Arkansas
Stanley Bryant, offensive tackle, East Carolina
Marcus Gordon, offensive tackle, Kentucky State
Rulon Davis, defensive end, California
Everette Pedescleaux, defensive end, Northern Iowa
Chris Baker, nose tackle, Hampton
DJ Johnson, cornerback, Jackson State
Tony Carter, cornerback, Florida State
Lee Robinson, inside linebacker, Alcorn State
Britton Colquitt, punter, Tennesssee
Some defensive line depth, which is good… but I’m more surprised by who’s NOT there than who is. Where’s a kicker? Are we really going into camp without anyone pushing Matt Prater?
Chris Baker (6-foot-2, 326 pounds) is a rookie defensive tackle from Hampton University who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Totaled 69 tackles (32 solo), 8.5 sacks (60 yds.) and one blocked kick in 11 games (8 starts) in his only season at Hampton in 2008 after transferring from Penn State University, where he earned a starting role as a sophomore in 2007… Recorded 43 tackles (21 solo) and 4.5 sacks (37 yds.) in 20 games (8 starts) during his two seasons playing for Penn State (2006-07)… Helped the Nittany Lions’ defense finish No. 7 in the nation against the run as a starter in 2007, allowing only 87.9 rushing yards per game, and led the defensive line with 37 tackles, including 4.5 sacks (37 yds.)… Saw time as a reserve in eight games for Penn State as a redshirt freshman in 2006… Competed at several defensive line positions during his collegiate career at both Hampton and Penn State… Played three seasons of football at Windsor High School in Windsor, Conn…. Competed in basketball only during his sophomore prep season… Voted senior class president at Windsor High School… Christopher Isaiah Baker was born on Oct. 8, 1987, in Windsor, Conn.
Marquez Branson (6-foot-3, 248 pounds) is a rookie tight end from the University of Central Arkansas who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 23 career games in two seasons at Central Arkansas after transferring from East Mississippi Community College… Totaled 82 career receptions for 1,236 yards (15.1 avg.) with 18 touchdowns at Central Arkansas… Finished his collegiate career ranked fifth in Central Arkansas history with 18 receiving touchdowns… Earned All-Southland Conference recognition as a senior in 2008 after posting 45 catches for 737 yards (16.4 avg.) with 11 touchdowns in 12 games… Led all FCS tight ends in both receptions and touchdown catches in 2008… Recorded a career-high 174 receiving yards on five receptions with three touchdowns (79, 59 and 13 yds.) against Quincy University (9/20/08)… Totaled 37 catches for 499 yards (13.5 avg.) with seven touchdowns in 11 games as a junior in 2007 at Central Arkansas, earning all-conference accolades… Had 17 catches for 175 yards (10.3 avg.) with one touchdown in his final year at East Mississippi C.C…. Attended Starkville High School in Starkville, Miss., where he was a two-time all-state selection.
Stanley Bryant (6-foot-5, 282 pounds) is a rookie tackle from East Carolina University who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 19 career games (14 starts) in three seasons for the Pirates after transferring from Elizabeth City State University, a Division II school in Elizabeth City, N.C…. Became a starter at left tackle for East Carolina midway through his junior year in 2007… Helped East Carolina defeat three consecutive ranked opponents from 2007-08 during his streak of 11 consecutive starts that helped the school earn a No. 14 national ranking from the Associated Press early in 2008… Started all six games he played as a senior in 2008 and missed eight games with a knee injury… Played a total of 261 snaps and was credited with 22 knockdown blocks as a senior… Saw time in all 13 games (8 starts) as a junior, logging 584 plays from scrimmage and recording 40 knockdowns… Earned a roster spot at East Carolina in the spring of 2006 after joining the program as a transfer walk-on… Attended Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, N.C., where he was a three-year letterwinner… Majored in economics at East Carolina… Stanley Myron Bryant was born on May 7, 1985.
Tony Carter (5-foot-9, 177 pounds) is a rookie cornerback from Florida State University who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Started all 50 career games he played at FSU and totaled 139 tackles (104 solo), nine interceptions (173 yds.) and 26 passes defensed… Scored touchdowns on three interception returns and one fumble recovery return for the Seminoles… Added nine career punt returns for 132 yards (14.7 avg.) with one touchdown… Started 33 consecutive games to end his collegiate career… Became the first player in Florida State history to return a blocked extra point and a blocked field goal for scores in the same game when he accomplished the feat as a sophomore against Clemson (9/16/06)… Started all 13 games as a senior in 2008, earning second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors… Posted career highs in tackles (45) and interceptions (4) as a junior in 2007… Named second-team freshman All-America and freshman All-ACC as a redshirt freshman in 2005, posting a team-high 12 pass breakups while starting all 13 games… Attended Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was rated the No. 2 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com and also saw time at quarterback and wide receiver… Received a bachelor’s degree in social science from FSU and is working toward a second degree in political science from the school… Father, Tony Sr., played basketball at Florida State… Tony Carter was born on May 24, 1986, in Jacksonville , Fla.
Britton Colquitt (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is a rookie punter from the University of Tennessee who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 43 career games at Tennessee, punting 209 times for 8,897 yards (42.6 avg.) with 73 punts placed inside the 20-yard line… Only had one punt blocked for his collegiate career and also handled kickoff duties… Received first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a sophomore in 2006 and second-team all-conference accolades as a junior in 2007… Played seven games as a senior in 2008, punting 42 times for 1,821 yards (43.4 avg.) with 13 punts placed inside the 20-yard line and a 71-yard long… Saw time in all 13 games for the Volunteers as a junior in 2007 and averaged 41.6 yards per punt (62-2,579) to earn second-team All-SEC honors… Ranked seventh in the nation and second in the conference with a 44.9-yard punting average (46-2,066) as a sophomore in 2006 to earn consensus All-SEC honors… His 44.9-yard punting average as a sophomore was the fourth-best season mark in school history, and he finished the year with 18 punts placed inside the 20-yard line and only four touchbacks… Received all-state honors as a junior and senior at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tenn., where he kicked and punted… Also lettered in soccer in high school, helping Bearden to a No. 1 national ranking and a state championship as a junior (25-0 record)… Father (Craig), brother (Dustin) and cousin (Jimmy) all punted for Tennessee… Craig Colquitt won two Super Bowl rings as the Steelers’ punter from 1978-84, Dustin Colquitt punts for the Chiefs and Jimmy Colquitt punted for the Seahawks in 1985… Majored in mechanical engineering at Tennessee… Britton Colquitt was born on March 20, 1985.
Rulon Davis (6-foot-5, 281 pounds) is a rookie defensive end from the University of California who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 21 career games (10 starts) for the Golden Bears in three seasons after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College, a junior college in Walnut, Calif…. Totaled 40 tackles (18 solo), 5.5 sacks (45 yds.) and three forced fumbles during his career at Cal… Started seven of the nine games he played as a senior in 2008 and recorded 19 tackles (8 solo), four sacks (28 yds.) and two forced fumbles… Missed five games with a foot injury as a senior… Given the Bob Tessier Award as Cal’s most improved defensive lineman… Posted 16 tackles (9 solo) in six games (3 starts) as a junior in 2007… Contributed as a reserve as a sophomore… Began his collegiate career at Mt. San Antonio College in 2004… Rated by Rivals.com as the No. 21 junior college prospect in the country after the 2005 season despite redshirting during that campaign… Attended Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif., where he played on the offensive line… Joined the Marine Corps for three-plus years after high school and was deployed to Iraq as an avionics technician in March of 2004, serving in a helicopter squadron… Owns the top recorded vertical jump of all-time for a Cal defensive lineman at 33.5 inches… Double-majored in sociology and African-American studies at California… Named after former Broncos defensive end Rulon Jones, who played for the club from 1980-88 and was twice named to the Pro Bowl… Rulon Davis was born on June 16, 1983, in San Diego.
Marcus Gordon (6-foot-5, 298 pounds) is a rookie tackle from Kentucky State University who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Started all 12 games in his only season at Kentucky State after transferring from the University of Louisville… Served as a reserve guard and tackle for the Cardinals in 2006 after redshirting in 2005… Was a two-year starter at Highland Community College in Highland, Kan., before his time at Louisville… Received honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference recognition at Highland C.C. in 2004 and was voted the team’s best offensive lineman… Attended Westside High School in Memphis, Tenn., where he earned all-region and all-conference honors in addition to receiving the team’s Best Lineman Award… Majored in sociology at Kentucky State… Marcus Gordon was born on June 20, 1984, in Memphis, Tenn.
David Grimes (5-foot-10, 177 pounds) is a rookie wide receiver from the University of Notre Dame who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 45 career games (22 starts) at Notre Dame, totaling 90 receptions for 900 yards (10.0 avg.) with seven touchdowns along with 36 kickoff returns for 852 yards (23.7 avg.)… Named one of three captains for the Fighting Irish as a senior in 2008 along with linebacker Maurice Crum Jr. and fellow Broncos rookie safety David Bruton… Started eight games as a senior in 2008 and caught a career-high 35 passes for 321 yards (9.2 avg.) with three touchdowns, marking his third consecutive season with at least 26 receptions… Posted 27 catches for 224 yards (8.3 avg.) with two touchdowns as a junior and 26 catches for 336 yards (12.9 avg.) with two scores as a sophomore… Returned 15 kickoffs for 338 yards (22.5 avg.) as a true freshman… Attended St. Martin DePorres High School in Detroit, where he was named a first-team all-state selection as a senior after catching 48 passes for 800 yards (16.7 avg.) with eight touchdowns… Also played basketball (guard) in high school… Majored in marketing at Notre Dame… David Michael Grimes was born on Dec. 31, 1986, in Los Angeles.
D.J. Johnson (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is a rookie cornerback from Jackson State University who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 24 career games in two seasons at Jackson State after beginning his collegiate career at the University of Missouri… Totaled 66 career tackles (52 solo) and 10 interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, at Jackson State… Added 27 pass breakups and five kickoff returns for 120 yards while posting one forced fumble and one blocked kick with Jackson State… Named second-team All-America by the Associated Press and first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference as a senior after leading his team and placing third in his conference with five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown… Selected as the Defensive MVP of the 2007 SWAC Championship Game during a junior season in which he started 12 games and had a team-high five interceptions… Played seven games (4 starts) at Missouri and had 17 tackles… Attended LaMarque High School in LaMarque, Texas, where he competed in football, basketball and track… Majored in psychology at Jackson State… Domonique Johnson was born on Nov. 7, 1985, in Texas City, Texas.
Kestahn Moore (5-foot-10, 207 pounds) is a rookie running back from the University of Florida who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 53 career games (21 starts) at Florida, totaling 235 carries for 1,281 yards (5.5 avg.) with 13 touchdowns along with 38 receptions for 231 yards (6.1 avg.) with three scores… Helped the Gators to BCS National Championship wins during the 2006 and ’08 seasons… Had four games will multiple rushing scores for his career… Named a team captain and saw time in all 14 games (5 starts) for Florida during its national championship season as a senior in 2008, rushing 29 times for 142 yards (4.9 avg.) with four touchdowns… Also was the Gators’ lead blocker on punt and kickoff returns as a senior… Registered a career-high 578 yards on 104 carries (5.6 avg.) with six scores in 13 games (8 starts) during the 2007 season, a year in which he received Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades… Attended Mansfield Summit High School in Arlington, Texas, where he averaged 9.5 yards per carry (132-1,256) and had 12 rushing scores as a senior… Majored in sport management at Florida… Kestahn Moore was born on April 13, 1987.
Everette Pedescleaux (6-foot-6, 305 pounds) is a rookie defensive end from the University of Northern Iowa who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 51 career games (21 starts) at Northern Iowa and totaled 112 tackles, 11 sacks and six blocked kicks… Helped lead Northern Iowa to playoff appearances in 2005, ‘07 and ‘08 along with conference titles in each of those seasons… Earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press as a senior in 2008 when he registered 62 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks… Also was a member of Northern Iowa’s basketball team during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons but did not play in any games… Enrolled at the University of Minnesota in January 2005 but transferred to Northern Iowa before the start of the ’05 season… Attended Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minn., where he played football and basketball… Was a two-time all-conference and all-state selection in football and a three-time all-conference performer in basketball… Set school prep records for career points (1,474) and rebounds (702) in addition to being named Minnesota’s “Mr. Basketball” in 2004… Double-majored in studio art and communications at Northern Iowa… Everette Pedescleaux was born on Jan. 19, 1985, in Plymouth, Minn.
Lee Robinson (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) is a rookie linebacker from Alcorn State University who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Totaled 334 career tackles (193 solo), 18.5 sacks (112 yds.), three interceptions (66 yds.), 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 43 career games at Alcorn State… Had 12 games with at least 10 tackles for his collegiate career and scored two touchdowns (one interception return, one fumble return)… Posted a team and career-high 111 tackles (71 solo) along with 3.5 sacks (17 yds.) and three interceptions in 12 games as a senior in 2008… Ranked fifth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in tackles per game (9.3) during his senior campaign to earn first-team all-conference honors… Selected to play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game following his senior year… Registered 82 tackles (41 solo), including 14 for a loss, as a junior in 2007 after totaling a career-high 7.5 sacks (64 yds.) as a sophomore… Attended Amite County High School in Liberty, Miss., where he lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track… Won the state title in the long jump and triple jump as a senior… Joins Louis Green as Alcorn State alumni among Denver’s current linebackers… Majored in animal science at Alcorn State… Lee Robinson was born on April 23, 1987, in Centreville, Miss.
Travis Shelton (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) is a rookie wide receiver from Temple University who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 36 career games (12 starts) at Temple, totaling 64 receptions for 784 yards (12.3 avg.) with four touchdowns and 25 rushes for 205 yards (8.2 avg.)… Added 97 career kickoff returns for a school-record 2,507 yards (25.8 avg.) with two touchdowns and two punt returns for 14 yards… Totaled 3,510 all-purpose yards for his career (97.5 yards per game)… Earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a kickoff returner as a senior in 2008, leading the nation with a 31.3-yard return average (23-720) while adding a 92-yard touchdown return (at Kent State 11/12/08)… Played 11 games (4 starts) as a senior and finished the year with 20 catches for 230 yards (11.5 avg.)… Averaged 196.7 all-purpose yards per game as a sophomore in 2006, seeing action in Temple’s final six games (5 starts) and totaling 1,180 yards… His 196.7 all-purpose yards per game average would have led the nation if he played in 75 percent of his team’s games… Returned 27 kickoffs for 778 yards (28.8 avg.) with a 96-yard touchdown (vs. Bowling Green 10/28/06) and added 20 receptions for a career-high 344 yards (17.2 avg.) with three scores as a sophomore… Received Eastern College Athletic Conference all-star honors as both a wide receiver and return specialist in 2006… Attended South Plantation High School in Plantation, Fla., where he played wide receiver and running back in addition to serving as a return specialist… Competed in track in high school, placing eighth nationally in the 60 meters… Has three first cousins in the NFL (Broncos LB Andra Davis, Patriots DB Jarvis Herring and Bears WR Devin Hester)… Majored in African-American studies at Temple… Travis Shelton was born on April 23, 1985.
Nate Swift (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) is a rookie wide receiver from the University of Nebraska who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 51 career games (29 starts) at Nebraska, totaling a school-record 166 receptions for 2,476 yards (14.9 avg.) with 22 touchdowns… Finished his career ranked second in Nebraska annals in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns… Had eight 100-yard receiving games for his career… Added 28 career punt returns for 352 yards (12.6 avg.) with one touchdown… Received honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference accolades as a senior in 2008, totaling the second-most receptions (63), receiving yards (941) and receiving touchdowns (10) for a year in Cornhuskers history as a 13-game starter… Also returned 23 punts for 296 yards (12.9 avg.) with one touchdown as a senior… Saw time in 12 games (8 starts) as a junior in 2007 and had 36 catches for 520 yards (14.4 avg.) with three touchdowns… Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades as a redshirt freshman in 2005, posting 45 catches for 641 yards (14.2 avg.) with seven scores… Set Nebraska freshman records for every major receiving category… Attended Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Minn., where he was a three-year starter and scored 72 career touchdowns… Led the state of Minnesota with 2,500 rushing yards and had 30 touchdowns as a senior, earning Minnesota Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press… Was a two-time second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection (2005-06) at Nebraska, where he majored in construction management… Nate Swift was born on Aug. 24, 1985.
Lucas Taylor (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) is a rookie wide receiver from the University of Tennessee who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009… Played 46 career games (23 starts) at Tennessee, totaling 113 receptions for 1,433 yards (12.7 avg.) with six touchdowns… Had six 100-yard receiving games for his career… Added 26 kickoff returns for 546 yards (21.0 avg.) and 13 punt returns for 80 yards (6.2 avg.) during his collegiate career… Threw two career touchdown passes (56 yarder vs. Georgia 10/16/07 and a 48-yarder vs. Florida 9/16/06)… Played 11 games (10 starts) as a senior in 2008 and posted 26 receptions for 332 yards (12.8 avg.) with one touchdown… Received second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors (Associated Press) as a junior in 2007, ranking second in the conference in receiving yards (1,000) and third in receptions (73) while totaling five receiving scores and starting all 13 games… His 73 catches marked the second-best season total in UT annals… Posted at least 100 receiving yards in three of the Volunteers’ first four games in 2007 and finished the year with five 100-yard receiving efforts… Recorded career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (186) at Mississippi State (10/13/07)… Earned honorable mention Class 5A all-state honors at Carencro High School in Lafayette, La…. Threw for 55 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for more than 1,500 yards with 15 scores as a senior at Carencro… Ran for 539 yards and six touchdowns in a single game during his senior prep campaign… Majored in sport management at Tennessee… Lucas Taylor was born on Sept. 28, 1986.