Broncos ink three draft picks

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Ryan Torain will not have to wait to start his push for playing time in Denver's backfield. The fifth-round pick from Arizona State was one of three players the Broncos signed Wednesday.

Denver also signed fifth-round pick Carlton Powell, a defensive tackle from Virginia Tech, and linebacker Spencer Larsen from Arizona. The Broncos have considered using Larsen at fullback but they were pleased with the play of seventh-round pick Peyton Hillis of Arkansas during minicamp and may keep Larsen at linebacker.

Denver has five of its nine draft picks to sign, led by No. 12 overall pick Ryan Clady, who will be the starting left tackle. Denver has started talks with Clady and the team remains confident it will sign him by the time training camp starts July 25.