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Published on 04/28/2012 at Sat Apr 28 12:04.
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Malik Jackson

Malik Jackson poses for a headshot during the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)

The Denver Broncos have selected Malik Jackson with the 137th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

John Elway and John Fox have something in mind for the new Orange Crush defense and it’s to get after the quarterback!  Jackson is a quality speed rusher and adds competition with Robert Ayers opposite Elvis Dumervil.  With the dearth of sacks over the last several years – even with Elvis getting it done – is likely one of the big points of focus moving forward.

It will be hard for teams like the Patriots to spread the Broncos out and pick them apart like they were able to do last year. Why? Because Tom Brady wannabes will not have all day to throw the ball anymore. Focus in on Dumervil, Von Miller will be coming.  Take Von Miller and Dumervil out, here comes Derek Wolfe or Malik Jackson.  This draft just his the B- range.  Go Broncos!

What do you fans think of this pick?

Let’s take a look at Jackson’s pre-draft profile. Draft Profile

Jackson came to UT after leaving USC and has blossomed in the SEC, becoming a two-year starter for the Volunteers. Although undersized for the defensive tackle position, Jackson has gotten upward of 270 pounds and been an effective scheme player when slanting and stunting for Tennessee. He will likely switch back to DE in the NFL, but 3-4 base defense teams could be excited about him playing DE considering his time spent inside. He has seventh-round value as a versatile D-lineman.

STRENGTHS Jackson is quick off the ball, and more effective when given space to not have to face bigger linemen, usually through a schematic call that allows him to run free through a gap. Although undersized, he is able to hold up bigger linemen and then shed those players to get to the ball. He had good rush production inside even though he was often physically overmatched, and once in the backfield he is a fluid mover toward the ball.

WEAKNESSES Jackson can get washed out at times by stronger offensive linemen. Strength has been his consistent Achilles heel and it’s a wonder that he survived after being moved inside after transferring. He is better suited to playing end and even then could struggle to get off blocks against Pro Bowl-caliber offensive linemen.

  • PeytonFan

    Go Vols.  Go Denver

  • Cdub12344321

    No info on him?

  • Tim Lynch

    I have updated the post.

  • Fan From Spain

    give the poster a chance to write, he was selected minutes ago…

    Not really liking this pick, looks like a good run stopper but that’s about it, he also had a torn ACL. Hope he improves, hes huge. 

  • Speer

    fast on his feet, versatile, 106 tackles, tends to be overpowered, room for growth. 

  • Speer

    on yeah, judging from his video’s, he needs to do some serious, squats, deadlifts, and other lower body workout routines.  IMO

  • Cdub12344321

    Sorry, not watching the draft just checking on the page didn’t know he was just selected. My bad man just another anxious fan ready to read about our new additions to the team!

  • Broncs-rocker

    Hey, he’s a 5th round pick.   As a situational pass rusher running stunts, etc. he could be quite effective.

  • Tim Lynch

    It’s all good…Monty actually published this one right before I published mine.  So I copied what I wrote up into this post and updated. :)  All good now!

  • Anonymous

    I think Broncos go WR for the next pick

  • Mergrath

    I like it. We have created some good competition at several positions while also addressing need. No, not thrilled that we took a back-up QB in the second…but “if” Osi Jr. turns out to carry the franchise once Manning is done then…I/we can’t argue with that!

    Living and attending most every SDSU game at my alma, I REALLY like Hillman! That dude would’ve broke all of Faulks school records if he’d of stayed another year. He’s the real deal and I’m pumped he’s a Bronco!

  • Outdoorsman327

    WR’s Elway #18 needs another seat of hands to throw to now that Brandon is gone or Decker needs to man up. Maybe Thomas will help with that? Alot of potential in picks I reckon time will tell.

  • Anonymous

    It would not surprise me at all if this guy ends up unseating Ayers, not at all. He has some of Dumerville written on him…