After flurry of trades, Broncos add running back Javonte Williams, two third-round selections

Welcome to the NFL draft, Trader George.

After a quiet first round in which Broncos general manager George Paton stayed at No. 9 to select Alabama cornerback Pat Surtain II, he made three trades during the second and third rounds on Friday night.

When Paton and coach Vic Fangio emerged from the team’s draft room, the Broncos had added North Carolina running back Javonte Williams (No. 35), Wis.-Whitewater offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz (No. 98) and Ohio State inside linebacker Baron Browning (No. 105).

The Broncos made three trades to help acquire the three players.

Trade 1: The Broncos traded Nos. 40 and 114 (fourth round) to Atlanta for Nos. 35 and 219 (sixth round) and selected Williams.

Trade 2: The Broncos traded No. 71 to the New York Giants for Nos. 76 (third round) and 164 (fifth round). The Giants drafted Central Florida cornerback Aaron Robinson.

Trade 3: The Broncos moved down again … way down. They shipped No. 76 to New Orleans for Nos. 98 and 105 in the third round. The Saints chose Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.

Entering Saturday, the Broncos have six selections — two fifth-rounders (Nos. 152 and 164), one in the sixth round (No. 219) and three in the seventh round (Nos. 237, 239, 253).

Get all that?

High-fives and back slaps took over the draft room when the Broncos moved up five spots with Atlanta for Williams, making him the team’s highest-drafted running back since Knowshon Moreno (No. 12 in 2009).

“I didn’t expect the Broncos to be the team I went to,” Williams said in a video conference. “Just throughout the process, it wasn’t a team I talked to a lot.”

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Williams said Broncos running backs coach Curtis Modkins attended North Carolina’s Pro Day on March 29. Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds.

Listed at 5-foot-10 and 212 pounds, Williams rushed for 1,140 yards (six 100-yard games) and 19 touchdowns as a third-year junior.  He was third in the ACC with 103.6 rushing yards per game.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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