Broncos Most Important Addition: an Undrafted Free Agent


Published: April 27, 2009


... Why on Earth would this coaching staff draft a running back (Georgia's Knowshon Moreno) in the first round?  How is it possible that only one pick was used on the front seven?  Don't they know how awful this defense was last year?

I was frustrated.

I was angry.

Now I'm breathing a sigh of relief.

That sigh is based on a little noticed signing.  Denver brought in Chris Baker—a nose tackle from Hampton University—as an undrafted free agent.  Baker is not a big name like BJ Raji, Ron Brace, or even Ziggy Hood, but he is just what the doctor ordered.

Of the tackle prospects available in the 2009 draft, Baker is one of the only players to come out of a 3-4 system like the Broncos will run this year.  He played at the nose and at end—demonstrating the versatility coach Josh McDaniels covets. 

He has the measurables coveted by NFL scouts.  He's 6'2", 326 lbs.   He ran 4.94 in t...

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