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Published on 04/28/2007 at Sat Apr 28 14:40.
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[Jarvis Moss]
The Broncos take Jarvis Moss at 17. Photo Courtesy

With the 17th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida. I don’t know if we needed to trade up, but it’s a solid pick and the (2nd) best defensive lineman available at the time, in my opinion.

The move makes sense if we go after Carolina DT Kris Jenkins with our remaining 3rd round pick.

On Jarvis Moss:

[Jarvis Moss]
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 250
Pos: DE
Class: Senior
40-Time: 4.70
Sacks (’06): 7.5 A sensational athlete and a disruptive force in the opponent’s backfield… a conventional pass-rushing defensive end.

NFL Draft Countdown: An oustanding athlete… has upside.

This is the player who “fits” the 21st overall pick. Jarvis Moss is part of the National Champion Florida Gators, and he was integral part of the Gators’ domination over the then-undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. Moss forced a key fumble in the second quarter on top of registering two sacks against speedy Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith. He led defensive linemen for Florida with 56 tackles, 11 for a loss, while defensing several passes. Some concerns include his lack of total sacks for the season, as well as his positive test for marijuana in 2006. He might have been available at 21, but Shanahan traded for him nonetheless.

It’s interesting that the curveball that Broncos fans were thrown wasn’t a curveball at all! Everyone was EXPECTING some bold switcharound move, but we went with a solid pass rusher all along. Not my first choice, but a month ago, and now, it was my 2nd.