5 Draft Prospects Denver Broncos Could Target to Replace Malik Jackson
The Denver Broncos have been stripped of talent at several different positions through the first week of free agency in the NFL’s new league year.Daryl Washington Jersey It’s been a rough week in “Broncos Country” as players who could have played significant roles with the team in 2016 bolted for greener pastures elsewhere.
One of the most talented players the Broncos lost in free agency is defensive end Malik Jackson.
Originally a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft,C.J. Anderson Jersey Jackson worked his way up the depth chart to become an impact player for the league’s best defense in 2015. His play in Super Bowl 50—including recovering a Cam Newton fumble for a touchdown—helped the Broncos secure the team’s third championship. Jackson clearly rode that momentum into the open market where he was able to snare a six-year,Darren McFadden Jersey $85.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With limited funds available for the remaining free agents on the open market,Andre Williams Jersey the Broncos should instead turn to the 2016 NFL draft to find Jackson’s replacement. This is an incredibly talented defensive line class, and there’s a chance they could find a player as deep as the third round to fill the spot Jackson vacated.Julius Peppers Jersey Looking at defensive linemen who can play both end and tackle in the Wade Phillips’ defense (just like Jackson did) is likely to be a priority for general manager John Elway and the scouting department.
Here are five draft prospects who could possibly replace Jackson in 2016.
To replace Jackson,Stephen Hill Jersey the Broncos need to find a player who can be effectively used as a run-stuffer and as an ascending pass-rusher. That describes Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler—a player who should be on the Broncos' radar at the end of the first round.
Consistent effort is the name of the game with Butler.Jacoby Brissett Jersey He’ll quickly get off the line of scrimmage, and he fights until the echo of the whistle just like Jackson used to do for the Broncos defense. Butler has a powerful grasp he uses to move blockers where he wants them to go.Thomas Rawls Jersey This makes him tough to control on the line. Butler is also good at re-directing traffic inside.
Butler measuring in at 6’4”,DeAngelo Williams Jersey 323 pounds and has long arms to break up passes if he doesn’t get to the quarterback. He needs technique work as a pass-rusher, but Butler clearly has the natural athleticism to develop multiple moves to get after the passer.Adam Jones Jersey
NFLDraftScout.com currently has Butler rated as their 31st overall prospect and sixth-highest defensive tackle in this class.