ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed five rookie free agents, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. The Broncos signed former Auburn University guard Tim Duckworth, former University of Florida defensive tackle Steven Harris, former Hampton University wide receiver Marquay McDaniel, former University of Wisconsin safety Roderick Rogers and former University of Texas running back Selvin Young.
As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Duckworth (6-foot-3, 306 pounds) is a guard who started his final two years at Auburn and received All-Southeastern Conference honors following each of those seasons. Duckworth, who appeared in 44 career games (22 starts) at Auburn, was a first-team All-SEC pick as a 12-game starter in 2006 and was a second-team all-conference choice as a 10-game starter in 2005. He competed as a defensive tackle during his freshman year at Auburn before becoming an offensive lineman. A PrepStar All-American as a two-way player at Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville , Miss., Duckworth was born on Sept. 14, 1982.
Harris (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) is a defensive tackle who played 13 games (5 starts) for Florida in 2006, helping the school capture the Southeastern Conference championship as well as the BCS national championship. He appeared in 47 career games (19 starts) for the Gators, totaling 64 tackles (38 solo), 14.5 tackles for losses, six sacks and four pass breakups. Harris started all 12 games at defensive end in 2005 and saw the second-most playing time (468 plays) among Florida defensive ends in 2004. A three-year letterman at Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables , Fla., Harris was born on Aug. 14, 1984.
McDaniel (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) is a wide receiver who totaled 4,109 all-purpose yards and tied the school record with 22 touchdown receptions in 46 career games (31 starts) at Hampton. A three-time All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection, McDaniel posted 151 career receptions for 2,026 yards (13.4 avg.) that marked the second-highest total in Hampton annals. He set school single-season records for receptions (59) and touchdown catches (14) as a second-team all-conference choice in 2006. The wide receiver also set a Hampton career record with 1,907 yards on 144 punt returns (13.2 avg.), including two that he returned for touchdowns. An all-state selection at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Va., McDaniel was born on April 20, 1984.
Rogers (6-foot-2, 187 pounds) is a safety who received second-team All-Big Ten Conference accolades in each of his final two seasons at Wisconsin. He played 42 career games (26 starts) as a two-year starter for the Badgers, totaling 99 tackles (66 solo), five interceptions (138 yds.), 21 pass breakups and one fumble recovery. Rogers started all 13 games for Wisconsin as a senior in 2006 after tying for fourth on the team in tackles (56) and posting a career-high three interceptions in 2005. A Class 5A all-state selection (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., Rogers was born on Sept. 7, 1984.
Young (5-foot-11, 207 pounds) played 49 career games (16 starts) at Texas and finished his career ranked 19th on the school’s all-time rushing list with 1,713 yards on 365 carries (4.7 avg.) with 25 touchdowns. A member of Texas’ 2005 team that captured the BCS national championship, Young recorded 3,060 all-purpose yards for his career and received honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference accolades in 2006. He became the first player in Longhorns history to return both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same game, accomplishing that feat against New Mexico State in 2003. A Class 5A all-state selection at Jersey Village High School in Jersey Village, Texas, Young was born on Oct. 1, 1983, in Houston.