Posted Thu May 10th by Monty
Pos: Defensive End
School: Oklahoma State
Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 265 lbs.
40-time: 4.9 Bench: 28
Jamie Blatnick is a tenacious defensive end “in a linebacker’s body.” He was named Oklahoma State’s Most Valuable Player on defense by his teammates in 2011, only his first full year starting, and one year after he served a one-game suspension following a bar fight in 2010. A 260-lb. run-stuffer in college, Blatnick doesn’t have the size to continue in that role at the NFL; he either has to produce as a pass rusher or bulk up to suit the defensive line. Scouted as a potential 3-4 OLB tweener, he had eight sacks through the 2011 season while netting 50 tackles. Scouts love his tenacity, durability, strength, and versatility. Decent in pass coverage for a linebacker; more than decent for a defensive end. Three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection. There is plenty of work to be done on Blatnick’s technique and first step, and his combine numbers weren’t great, but the potential’s there.
Camp Competition: Elvis Dumervil, Robert Ayers, Jason Hunter, Jeremy Beal, Malik Jackson, Cyril Obiozer
Camp Outlook: As a stud out of the Big 12, Blatnick is considered one of the better UDFA signings in the entire AFC West. The Broncos use a heavy rotation of defensive ends as it is, so if Blatnick can bulk up and impress in the role of run-stuffer, he could find a home along the DL. I don’t see him ousting any of the Broncos’ pass rushers though, and fifth round pick Malik Jackson better suits the rookie run-stuffer mold at 290 lbs. Blatnick has his work cut out for him and may be a prime prospect for the practice squad.
BroncoTalk’s undrafted rookie reports are compiled by examining second-hand scouting reports, news articles, and, when available, film footage of the Broncos’ undrafted rookie. Blatnick is one of 13 undrafted free agent rookies the Broncos will bring in to compete in their 2012 training camp.