According to the Denver Posts Troy Renck, the Denver Broncos have signed sixth round pick, nose tackle Darius Kilgo to contract. Details of this contract have yet to be released. Kilgo himself announced the signing earlier today.
The Broncos selected Kilgo in the sixth round of the NFL Draft earlier this month. Kilgo played four seasons at Maryland and was a disruptive force for their defense. During his four-year career at Maryland, he totaled 125 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, 3 pass deflections and 1 forced fumble.
With the Broncos losing starter Terrance Knighton and backup Mitch Unrein via free agency this offseason, they needed to add depth to the position. General Manager John Elway, and the rest of the Broncos coaching staff believed that Kilgo was the guy they wanted to fill that role.
"I think when we looked at him, we thought obviously he’s got great size and he’s long and he’s got some athleticism to him and he plays hard. So, we always have great hopes for these players when they come in and obviously we know that we don’t draft All-Pros, but hopefully they come in here and we help them become All-Pros. But we believe that he’s a guy that with what was left on the board, he was as good as there was on the board and our top-ranked nose at that point in time. So we think he can come in and compete."
Kilgo is expected to come in and compete with former first-round pick Sylvester Williams, and backup Marvin Austin.
The nose tackle role is different in Wade Phillip's defense. Instead of taking up space and blockers, the nose tackle is expected to get after the quarterback. This is a role that Kilgo believes fits him very well.
"I think I’ll fit great. Just coming out of Brian Stewart’s defense, which is my coordinator for the past three years, he’s had a lot of experience in the 3-4 defense, so I definitely feel like I’ll transition to the next level. Just taking advantage of the resources that the NFL and the Denver Broncos provide for me, I think I can definitely take full advantage of it and be able to contribute immediately."
Kilgo will soon hit the field in the team's mandatory minicamp where he will begin competing for snaps. I have high hopes for Kilgo, and I believe he will impress us in the near future.