By Chris Burke
April 25, 2013

(Gerry Broome/AP) (Gerry Broome/AP)

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The rather tumultuous first half of Round 1 seems to have worked to the benefit of the teams picking later. Like several of the teams immediately above them, the Denver Broncos mixed need and value to decide on defensive tackle Sylvester Williams at pick No. 28.

Williams was right in the mix with the top DTs in this draft, perhaps a step below Sharrif Floyd, Star Lotulelei or Sheldon Richardson, but certainly atop the second tier. Defensive tackle was a spot Denver had to get deeper at, too, so Williams works.

The North Carolina product is a bit more raw than Floyd or Lotulelei -- at this point, Williams probably cannot take a game over by himself on the line, like those two can. What Williams can do, though, is excel with his quickness and footwork to penetrate the offensive line.

Denver should be a nice situation for him, since he's best suited right now for a rotation, where he doesn't have to play on all three downs. Keeping Williams fresh will maximize his athleticism.

Grade: A-minus.

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