The offseason is in full swing for the Denver Broncos, and that has resulted in the focus of Broncos Country to shift towards free agency and the draft and what the team has to do to improve in 2015. Each Monday leading up to the NFL draft Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft will release a new mock draft. This week he has the Denver Broncos selecting the University of Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown.
Terrance Knighton could cash in big in free agency, and leave the Broncos with a big hole along the defensive line. Enter Brown, a massive 320-pound run stuffer who can hold the nose.
The Broncos may find themselves looking for a defensive tackle, specifically a nose tackle this offseason. Current starter Terrance Knighton is scheduled to hit Free Agency this offseason, and there is plenty of debate whether he will be returning to the Denver Broncos or not.
Following the Broncos loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the playoffs, Knighton told SiriusXM NFL Radio that "I haven't gotten the feeling from the Broncos that I will be back. I'm looking forward to being a Bronco or a fresh start".
He also told AP Writer Arnie Stapleton that he wants to be wherever former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio ends up.
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Knighton has said that he would like to return to the Broncos multiple times but, right now it appears that both sides might be looking to move in different directions this offseason.
This would open up the opportunity for the Broncos to draft defensive tackle Malcom Brown in the first round of the NFL Draft. Brown is listed at 6'4 320lbs and has a wide/tall frame where he carries his weight very well. He also possesses solid moving skills for a man of his size.
One of Brown's best traits is his how quickly he gets off the ball at the snap. He uses that explosiveness to penetrate the offensive line and create havoc in the backfield. He will also get his hands up in passing lanes which lead to deflections, and he shows good body control to time his jumps to swat down passes.
The Broncos appear to be switching to a 3-4 defense in 2015, and with Knighton potentially leaving via free agency that leaves a big hole along the Broncos defensive line. Brown lined up mostly at the nose tackle position at Texas so his experience there could interest the Broncos.
Another thing NFL teams will find out about Brown is how mature he is. He's married and has two kids and volunteered for Adams Angels, an organization for families who have children with cancer or have lost children to cancer.