Broncos reach deal with CB Smith

Updated: July 27, 2009, 1:32 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos signed second-round pick Alphonso Smith and three other draft selections Sunday, a day before rookies were scheduled to report to camp.

The signings of Smith, fellow second-rounder Darcel McBath, fourth-rounder David Bruton and sixth-rounder Tom Brandstater left the Broncos with just two of their 10 picks unsigned: Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno and Tennessee pass-rusher Robert Ayers.

Moreno and Ayers were both first-round draft picks.

Bruton is a free safety from Notre Dame, and McBath a free safety from Texas Tech. Brandstater is a quarterback from Fresno State.

Smith, a defensive back out of Wake Forest, is expected to compete for a spot in the nickel package with Champ Bailey and Andre' Goodman already penciled in as the starting cornerbacks.

Smith's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said it was a priority to get him into camp on time.

"That was important to us," he said. "It's not easy when you have as many picks in the first and second round [as the Broncos have]. But they found a way to be creative. Alphonso's very happy."

Moreno was taken with the 12th overall pick. He's expected to compete with Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan for carries this season.

Ayers was selected at No. 18 to help revamp a disappointing defense that surrendered 448 points in 2008. With the Broncos switching to a 3-4 scheme, Ayers will play more of a hybrid role as he alternates between the line and linebacker. He was primarily a defensive end at Tennessee.

The Broncos traded their No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft to the Seattle Seahawks to acquire Smith's rights.

Twelve second-round draft picks have made agreements. On Sunday, the Browns reached a four-year deal with defensive end David Veikune, the 52nd pick in the draft, and the Bills signed offensive guard Andy Levitre to a four-year contract.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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