The Broncos signed the second of their nine 2010 NFL Draft selections Tuesday, seventh-round pick Jammie Kirlew. Fellow seventh-rounder Syd’Quan Thompson signed last Friday.
The team’s final pick in the draft (232nd overall), Kirlew was hopeful the Broncos would select him ever since he met with defensive coordinator Don Martindale and assistant linebackers coach Roman Phifer at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“I was getting a couple of calls through the draft from them,” the linebacker said. “They were telling me that no matter what they were trying to get me up there. They found a way to get me up there and I’m excited.”
Kirlew was also a two-time all-conference player. The two-time Indiana Hooisers MVP closed out his career tied for third on the school’s career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5.
“In the past two seasons I did a great job of getting to the quarterback, and particularly in the last season I did a great job of creating turnovers — I had five forced fumbles,” Kirlew said. “Consistently every year I’ve been getting better in tackling and just making plays throughout each game.”
He played in 48 career games with 41 starts, collecting 220 tackles with nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
After starting his career being named Freshman All-Big Ten by Sporting News, he was named to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award watch lists as a senior.
Kirlew was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in all four years he played for the Hoosiers, and he said he prides himself on his work in the classroom. One of his goals when he came to Indiana was to leave with a degree — he left with two, in public finance and management. That intelligence in the classroom helped him hone his football IQ as well.
“The smarter player I become, I think definitely my instincts are going to be faster,” Kirlew said. “I’m going to be able to make more plays and be quicker on the field, which is going to be important for me to be able to be productive in the NFL.”
The linebacker has joined a group that includes the NFL’s reigning sack leader — Elvis Dumervil — the team’s leading tackler — D.J. Williams — and 2009 first-round draft pick Robert Ayers. Joining that talented core has the rookie excited to get started.
“I just hope to get in, learn from these veterans that have been in for a while and just watch and learn and definitely try to bring what I can to the table,” he said. “Just try to go out there and compete.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
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