Coming Sunday we’ll have a story on Broncos’ rookie defensive end Quanterus Smith.

And Smith was the Broncos’ fifth-round pick last weekend, a pass-rushing prospect from Western Kentucky who could not work out at the scouting combine or attend any of the postseason all-star games because of a knee injury he suffered late in the 2012 season.

At the time he tore his left ACL he had 12.5 sacks, with three of those sacks having come against Alabama. And the Crimson Tide surrendered at least three sacks to just one other opponent — Georgia — for the remainder of the season.

After all, the Crimson Tide’s offensive line included three players selected in last week’s NFL draft with two of the linemen — Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker — having been selected among the top 11 picks. Again, three sacks, by one player, against Alabama was worth looking up. So, I did.

Granted my recall ain’t always what it used to be, but in all the drafts I have reviewed, my recollection was that Jevon Kearse had three sacks against Alabama in ’98. It was one of the games I had charted before the ’99 draft and when I pulled the ’98 binder off the shelf to see if memory matched fact — and it doesn’t always especially on the old put out the recycling every other week deal — it did.

So, starting there I went through Alabama’s seasons and found three more players with at least sacks against ‘Bama before Smith had put himself on the list. But when I then checked what happened to those players in the NFL draft, John Fox’s name kept coming up.