The Denver Broncos selected former Nebraska fullback Andy Janovich in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He is a 6'1", 238lb fullback who will have a role in the Broncos offense and play special teams. Janovich was ranked as the 310th overall prospect in the 2016 NF Draft according to CBS Sports, and was ranked as the 7th best fullback in the draft class.
During Janovich's four-year career at Nebraska, he rushed for 271 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 5 receptions for 87 yards. He also added 13 total tackles on special teams. This past season he rushed the ball 42 times for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also added 2 receptions for 58 yards, and 13 total tackles on special teams.
Fullback, Senior, Nebraska
Height: 6'1" Weight: 238lbs 40 time: 4.81 seconds
Arm Length: 31 5/8" Hands: 9 3/4"
Bench Press: 30 reps(top performer at his position at the NFL Combine) Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches
Broad Jump: 119.0 inches 3 Cone Drill: 7.28 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.32 seconds 60 Yard Shuttle: 11.95 seconds
- Runs with power
- Has good long speed for a guy of his size
- Good running skills and one cut ability
- Short yardage back
- Has shown good hands in very limited action
- Willing blocker and will give up his body to make a block
- Special teams star
- Weight room warrior
- I see a willing blocker but not a powerful lead blocker
- Not the biggest fullback you will see
- Might struggle against bigger/stronger linebackers
- Wasn't asked to run many routes or really used in the passing game much
- Probably won't be a dynamic runner in the NFL
- Because of his reckless play, there might be some injury concerns
How does Andy Janovich fit the Denver Broncos?
I like the fit and I think he will become a fan favorite pretty quickly.
Jano can do a little bit of everything. He can block, catch, run, and play special teams? That versatility is a thing coaches, especially Gary Kubiak love. We will see him in the backfield being a lead blocker, maybe getting the ball in some short yardage situations, and as a gunner and blocker on special teams. He will have a big role for the Broncos in 2016.
Took FB Andy Janovich from Nebraska (6th rd). A tough, hard-nosed player who can block & play special teams. An old-school throwback player.— John Elway (@johnelway) April 30, 2016
Gary Kubiak was asked how he thinks Janovich fits with the Broncos, and he basically echoed what I said above.
"We have some two-back in what we do offensively. Obviously with James Casey last year, he had some injuries and some things didn’t work out. I feel very fortunate to get this young man. He did a great job in Nebraska. He catches the ball well. He’s very physical and our special teams got so much better today. I could talk about the whole draft from that standpoint, but this year we’re bringing a lot to our special teams. It’s a direction we’d like to head a little more in and he’ll help us do that."
I like the pick of Janovich, but I am a little concerned about him as a lead blocker. I think he can get it done, but will struggle against some bigger linebackers. He is strong but has a smaller/thinner frame than the usual hammerhead lead backers in year's past(think Vonta Leach). So that is something I am curious to see. I do like his reckless play, though.
Where I think he will have his biggest impact is on special teams and inside th10-yardrd line.
He wills step right in and be one of the Broncos better gunners on kick and punt coverage. I also expect him to be pretty good on blocking duties on special teams as well.
Now on offense, I think we will see him get maybe 4 or 5 touches a game. Whether that being in short yardage, or a quick dump off inside the 5 or 10-yard line. That play action fake bootleg pass to the fullback has been a staple in the Kubiak offense for years and I think we will see it a lot this year with Janovich.