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A look at Broncos' 13 undrafted rookies

Alabama linebacker Christopher Allen, East Carolina corner Ja'Quan McMillian appear to lead the group.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After selecting 9 players from Nik Bonitto in the second round to Faion Hicks in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, the Broncos signed 13 undrafted college free agents.

The Broncos only have 10 spots open on their 90-man roster so three players will have to come off their active roster by the time rookie minicamp begins May 12.

The 13 undrafted rookies who reached agreement with the Broncos in the minutes after the draft was completed late Saturday afternoon:

Christopher Allen, OLB, Alabama

Believed to be the prize of the Broncos’ undrafted class. A very good player who missed two seasons with injuries. Had 13.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks in just 11 games as a junior in 2020. Received an impressive $30,000 signing bonus and $150,000 in salary guarantee so at the very least he sticks on the practice squad.

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Alabama linebacker Christopher Allen (4) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern Miss, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Ja'Quan McMillian, CB, East Carolina

Broncos brought him in for top 30 visit and it helped recruit him away from other teams who were interested. The bidding process led to McMillian getting a $15,000 signing bonus and $60,000 in salary guarantee for a $75,000 total guarantee that is second to Allen's $180,000.

Sebastian Gutierrez, LT, Minot State

Recruited to Minot as a receiver, converted to tight end, then grew into offensive tackle.

Michael Niese, G-OT, Temple

A graduate transfer from Dayton to Temple, a tackle in college who projects as guard in NFL.

Tyreik McAllister, RB, Charleston

Got a $5,000 signing bonus and $30,000 salary guarantee. Rushed for 1,090 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2021 to earn Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Only 5-9, 181 but he can also catch and return kickoffs.

Rodney Williams, TE, Tennessee-Martin

A six-year player who had 59 catches, 7 TDs combined his final two seasons.

Dylan Parham, TE, North Carolina State

Had 12 catches in five seasons so a blocker at 6-5, 245. Received a nice $10,000 signing bonus and $10,000 salary guarantee.

Kadofi Wright, LB, Buffalo

6-3, 230, scored three defensive TDs in five years for Bulls.

Brandon Johnson, WR, Central Florida

Had 11 TD receptions as redshirt senior. Attended Pat Surtain II’s American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale.

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Central Florida wide receiver Brandon Johnson celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Connecticut on a 49-yard pass play during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Kaden Davis, WR, North Missouri State

44 catches, 714 yards, 11 TDs as 6-1 senior. All State receiver and punter in high school.

Jalen Virgil, WR-Ret, Appalachian State

Only 15 catches as 5th-year senior last year but returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 30.1 yards per 38 kickoff returns the previous three years.

Cortez Davis, CB, Hawaii

5-11, 180, Davis was Rainbows shut down corner. He got a $2,500 signing bonus, which will be on the low end for the Broncos' undrafted class. But remember -- always remember -- an undrafted Kansas safety converted to cornerback named Chris Harris got a mere $2,000 signing bonus in 2011.

Kana'i Mauga, ILB, USC

Had 91 tackles 12 games last year as a senior. Got a $10,000 signing bonus and $60,000 salary guarantee.

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USC Trojans linebacker Kana'i Mauga plays against the San Jose State Spartans during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept 4, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)

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