Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Robert Ayers was in the discussion for the Broncos' 12th pick, but Denver had running back Knowshon Moreno higher on its board and was gambling Ayers would still be around with the 18th pick. The move paid off when Ayers fell, allowing Denver to take a player that could fit as a 3-4 end or at outside linebacker. A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 1/18 -- Robert Ayers, LB/DE, 6-3, 273, Tennessee...Ayers didn't start until his senior year but made the most of it, parlaying a big year into a first-round grade. The Broncos will start Ayers at end, but he could end up at outside linebacker. Denver also thinks Ayers is versatile enough to play at tackle in passing situations. He provides immediate help to the front seven. - by The Sports Xchange
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01/21/14 - DE Robert Ayers' third-and-8 sack of Tom Brady in the second quarter proved crucial, forcing the Patriots to settle for a field goal on a drive that advanced as far as the Denver 18-yard line. Ayers did not start, but played 69 percent of the Broncos' defensive plays Sunday.
12/31/13 - DE Robert Ayers played 44 snaps on Sunday, more than anyone else on Denver's defense. Some of that was due to liberal substitution and resting of players after the Broncos built a 31-point halftime lead, but Ayers will also provide part of the pass-rush replacement for Von Miller in the postseason, so the increase in snaps should continue into the playoffs.
11/14/13 - DE Robert Ayers returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's work for personal reasons.
10/22/13 - DE Robert Ayers returned after missing Week 6 because of a shoulder injury. He played 21 snaps against the Colts, with a reduced workload resulting from the return of Von Miller.
10/18/13 - DE Robert Ayers returned to practice Wednesday after missing last week because of a shoulder injury. Ayers, who was full-go Friday, was hurt Oct. 6 against the Cowboys and did not practice in the days leading up to the Jacksonville game. He is listed as probable.