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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Draft Scout Robert Ayers News
04/02/14 - DE Robert Ayers signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Giants.
Ayers, who posted a career-high 5.5 sacks with the Broncos in 2013, was the 18th overall pick in 2009 and spent his first five seasons in Denver.
Ayers has the size at 6-feet-3, 274 to play left or right end and even slide inside to defensive tackle in the Giants' NASCAR package, filling part of the role played by Justin Tuck in previous seasons. Tuck signed with the Oakland Raiders last month.
Ayers has 27 career starts and experience at outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense and was primarily a defensive end in recent seasons. He will join a group of pass rushers that includes Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me, coming to a great organization like this," Ayers said. "They hate losing and they're always about getting better and preparing and I've heard nothing but good things about the general manager and the owners, the coaches.
"Everyone speaks highly of them across the league. They're a blue-collar organization, and I'm looking forward to being part of that. I left the Denver Broncos, who were a good organization, and I feel like I'm going to just as good or better of an organization. It's going to be good to come here and be with leaders like Jon Beason and Antrel Rolle and Eli (Manning). It's going to be a good experience for me, and hopefully I can help this team win."
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.