Is Denver becoming Knoxville West?
With its fifth round selection, Denver picked former University of Tennessee defensive lineman Malik Jackson, making him the fourth Volunteer on the Broncos roster, the most out of any school. He joins punter Britton Colquitt, quarterback Peyton Manning and defensive end Robert Ayers.
“I feel like we’ve some good Tennessee guys, so hopefully they’ll be welcoming me with open arms and I’m pretty excited to play with those kinds of guys,” Jackson said.
Malik will look to contribute alongside Denver’s first pick, Derek Wolfe, as a rookie on the defensive line. Malik said the Broncos project him as a defensive end — where he played at USC before transferring to Tennessee — and he believes his long wingspan gives him an advantage on the edge.
“I feel that some of my strengths are my arm length — I have really good, lengthy arms and I feel that I can use them well,” Jackson said. “I’ve got good feet to come up off the edge. I’m pretty knowledgeable about pass rush moves. I pretty much feel that I’m an all-around good defensive end. There are some skills I know I need to work on so I’m ready to get up to Denver and have them check me out, see how I look, and see if they have something I can work on.”