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Broncos roster 2016: Defensive end Adam Gotsis

Breaking down the Denver Broncos 2016 90-man roster, one player, one post, one day at a time. Today we keep the football rolling looking at defensive end, Adam Gotsis.

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It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but starting today and through August 27th, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.

Name: Adam Gotsis
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'4"   Weight: 287
Age: 23   Experience: R
College: Georgia Tech

The Denver Broncos selected former Georgia Tech defensive lineman Adam Gotsis in the second round(pick 63), in the 2016 NFL Draft.

During Gotsis's three-year career at Georgia Tech, he totaled 105 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, and 4 pass deflections. This past season he totaled 31 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, and 3 sacks in 7 games for Georgia Tech.Gotsis garnered 2015 third-team All-ACC accolades for his performance.

Gotsis was drafted to help replace the void left by Malik Jackson who signed a mega-deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars during Free Agency earlier this winter.

Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway called Gotsis a "big, athletic, strong, and long" player and said he's excited to get him with Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar.

"He is big, athletic, strong and he is long. He got hurt last year and only played half of the season. He hasn’t played a lot of football, but for the amount he has played he has been very good. We are really excited about getting him and he has a high ceiling. We’ll get him with Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar and with Bill teaching him all the different techniques, we think he can continue to get better and better. "

The injury Elway mentions is a torn ACL that Gotsis suffered in early November, but Elway says that Gotsis should be ready for Training Camp.

Gotsis told reporters back in early May that he wants to be 100% and ready to go in early August.

"I am about six months at the moment. I am full lifting, running and doing a lot of agility ladders and things like that—basically just getting my knee back strong, a lot of strength training on it. At the moment it is week-by-week. I don’t have an exact set deadline on when I’m coming back. It is still early in the process. For me I want to be back early August, September, ready to go 100 percent, full go."

Since joining the Broncos, Gotsis has continued his rehab and according to Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Gotsis took part in some walkthroughs during the spring practices.

"We’re doing a lot of walkthroughs early in practice. We’re doing that for some of the injured players," Kubiak said. "Adam Gotsis will take them. We’re doing some things to make sure we have everybody involved and then we go practice."

Gotsis figures to stay in Denver during the players 5 weeks vacation period to continue his rehab and hopefully be close or at 100% when the players return in late July. Hopefully, Gotsis will be able to participate in individual drills and team drills once Training Camp begins.

The good:

There is a lot to like about Adam Gotsis.

He has the look of a 3-4 defensive end. He's 6'4", 287(probably will bulk up a little more), has broad shoulders and very long arms. All traits you need to be a successful 3-4 defensive end.

Add in his explosion, power, and working with defensive line coach Bill Kollar and the Broncos may have found themselves a damn good player right here in Gotsis.

Speaking of Kollar, the man who helped turn J.J. Watt, Derek Wolfe, and Malik Jackson into what they are today was adamant that the Broncos draft Gotsis.

Gary Kubiak told reporters after Gotsis was drafted that Kollar was banging on his door for six weeks telling him that he wants to work with Gotsis.

"Let me just say this: our defensive line coach Bill Kollar is pretty good. When he comes down over the course of the last six weeks banging on our doors, saying, ‘You guys give me a chance to work with this guy,’ John and I felt really good about that. Bill and the defensive staff, we just wanted to add him to our group. He had a great energy with him in Indianapolis. Very impressive. He is climbing every day as a player. He’s a late starter with the game, but I think he’s going to fit really well with our group right now and I think we’re going to have a heck of a group when it’s all said and done."

Here is what Kollar had to say about Gotsis after he was drafted by the Broncos.

"We are happy to get Adam Gotsis from Georgia Tech in the draft. Watching film on him, he is the type of player we like. He plays hard, runs to the ball, has some pass rush ability that we are happy about. When we met him at the combine and found out what type of guy he is, we really liked him. He is a gym rat type of guy that just wants to play football. He is going to work out all the time. He is going to do whatever he can do to get as good as he can get and that is what you really want. You need guys that really live and breathe football and that is what we have got with Adam."

I wouldn't argue with Kollar.

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Gotsis reminds me a lot of Derek Wolfe.

Both are blue collar, high energy players who give their all every snap. Will play through the snap, play a lot of snaps, and will just do all the dirty work in the trenches.

Gotsis is also a high character guy who was a leader at Georgia Tech. This seems like the type of player Elway, Kollar, and Kubiak like to draft.

The bad:

Since he is a rookie there isn't a whole lot of bad to talk about right now.

My only concerns right now are that he is still raw and learning the game of football. He grew up in Austrailia and learned to play Australian rules football. He then moved to the states and has only played seven years of American football(Including four years at Georgia Tech).

So he is a bit raw, but also has a lot of untapped potential in him.

My only other concern is his ACL injury. I'm not concerned about him recovering from the injury. Broncos had Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. come back from the injury and go on to have some of their better seasons that next year.

My concern is him missing practice. This will probably hurt his development some and could hurt his chances of contributing early on for the Broncos.


Gotsis on joining the Denver Broncos defense.

"One thing I pride myself on is playing defense. To become part of the best defense in the last 30 years or so, it’s an awesome feeling. Coming up there is going to be fun. That will be with true professionals and guys that leave it all out there. I watched the Super Bowl and I watched the way they play with pride and passion. They play for each other, and I think that’s the most important thing at the end of the day. They won that Super Bowl as unit. The whole defensive unit won that Super Bowl. It’s just awesome to be a part of that."

Roster status:

Obviously, Gotsis's roster spot is locked in.

The real question here is if he will push for the starting job or earn a spot in the rotation up front.

My best guess is that Vance Walker and Jared Crick will battle for the base 3-4 starting spot and Gotsis will hopefully come in during some sub-packages and play in the middle with Derek Wolfe and some sort of combination of Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Shane Ray, and Shaquil Barrett on the edges.

Good luck stopping that on a consistent basis.