Denver Broncos: Reassessing Draft Needs After 1st Wave of Free Agency – Bleacher Report
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It has become abundantly clear that the Broncos don’t want Terrance Knighton back.
Perhaps that is due to the team not feeling he is a good fit in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Perhaps it is his weight issues. Perhaps it’s something else entirely.
One way or another, the team is moving on from Knighton. This is a curious decision, as he was one of the main reasons the Broncos were so stingy against the run last season.
Mitch Unrein is also an unrestricted free agent.
That leaves the team with Sylvester Williams and Marvin Austin at the defensive tackle position, and neither is a guy that the team should be willing to rely on.
That leaves the draft, where several good options exist.
In the first round, Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma seems like a good pick. He has immense potential and is about as athletic as it gets for a man his size (6’6″, 334 pounds). He is a strong defender against the run but can cause plenty of problems for the quarterback as well.
Jordan Phillips can play on all three downs as he can collapse the bottom of the pocket on 3rd downs.
— Jordan Plocher (@StarvingScout) March 11, 2015
If the Broncos look to the later rounds for a defensive tackle, Houston’s Joey Mbu fits what the team needs.
He is able to maintain leverage at the point of attack and is aggressive in stopping the run. With his long arms, he is able to knock passes down at the line of scrimmage. He also shows great play recognition.
Mbu could use a year to develop, which means the Broncos would have to get much more out of Williams than they have thus far, but Mbu has the tools to be a starter in the league.
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