The Denver Broncos need to find a long-term solution at right tackle. The team took a shot on an undrafted free agent from a small school.
After the draft was over, the Broncos signed Sebastian Gutierrez out of Minot State University.
Gutierrez is 24 years old and was initially a tight end before switching to offensive tackle.
Gutierrez originally went to college as a tight end and caught five passes as a freshman. After that, he was moved to offensive tackle, where he picked up multiple accolades on and off the field.
While coming out of Minot State, the odds of Gutierrez getting drafted were slim. However, he is a good athlete with a 9.83 relative athletic score.
Gutierrez has good talent that could be developed for the NFL, but it is going to take some time to get to that point. There wasn't enough for a team to draft him, but the Broncos targeted him as an undrafted free agent and got the signing done.
The odds of Gutierrez making the roster are slim, but he has a chance to make the practice squad. He has the athleticism for the NFL, but whether he has enough strength and can pick up the technique remains in question.
It's a large jump to the NFL for Gutierrez, and if he is going to be developed, it will take some time and that's why the practice squad makes some sense. The four spots on the roster are already earmarked by Garett Bolles, Calvin Anderson, Billy Turner, and Tom Compton.
Gutierrez will be a test of the capabilities of new O-line coach Butch Barry. However, with Gutierrez being older for a rookie, it would be hard to make a long-term commitment to developing him, so he may only have a year to show tremendous growth if he does make the practice squad in the first place.
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