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Broncos roster 2016: Calvin Heurtelou

The former Miami Hurricane is going to have an uphill battle making this top defensive line, but he's poised to go for it, and that's why this defense will remain strong.

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We are continuing our 90-in-90 player series today with a player you may not know but should appreciate that he has the coolest first name on the team (I know this, of course, because my son also has this name - Calvin). If you missed the previous player breakdowns (who do not have as cool names), you can check them out here.

Name: Calvin Heurtelou
Position: NT
Height: 6'3" Weight: 315
Age: 23 Experience: R
College: Miami

Calvin Heurtelou is joining the Denver Broncos' No. 1 defense after playing a couple pretty good seasons for the Miami Hurricanes.

As a junior college transfer from Arizona, Heurtelou logged 25 tackles his first year in Miami along with one TFL and one fumble recovery. In his senior year, injuries kept him from being 100 percent on the field, but he did start 12 of 13 games and was considered a defensive leader for the team.

But a couple "pretty good seasons in college" is not likely to cut it for this top defense, which Pro Football Focus also just named as the best Front 7 in the NFL.

Listed as a nose tackle, Heurtelou will be battling several other NTs - including former Browns' NT Phillip Taylor and fellow rookie David Moala of Utah State  - to add depth behind starter Sly Williams and second-year player Darius Kilgo, who did play 113 snaps in 2015.

The Good: At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, Heurtelou has good size for a defensive tackle and is known to be powerful. Though his weight-room prowess did not always translate on the field, his strength often demanded double teams that freed up his fellow linebackers to make some big plays for the 'Canes.

The Bad: Heurtelou's biggest hurdle is being healthy. After missing all of the 2015 spring practice due to "a balky knee," the 315-pounder needs to prove he can stay on the field in order to show what he can do on the field.

Quotable: Heurtelou's favorite athlete growing up was Kobe Bryant, and when the Lakers' star forward retired this year, the DL's Twitter timeline was filled with Kobe tributes.

"Since I was seven, he has been my favorite athlete," Heurtelou wrote via Twitter. "I remember trying to do everything like Kobe. [To] this day, my fire, passion, emotion and work ethic I learned from the mamba."

Status: Heurtelou is likely a long shot to even make the Practice Squad with this team, but if he truly has the heart of 'The Mamba' and puts it to good use under Kollar, there's nothing that says he can't add some depth for an important position.