Since I did an offensive group first (wide receivers), I figured I would move to a defensive group next. The Denver Broncos defensive line was the staff preference for where to look next - so here it is. Again many of these guys either were not invited to the combine or were injured so their numbers are from the Pro-days. Pro-day numbers should always be taken with a grain of salt.
What do these numbers tell us? Tyrique Jarrett probably cannot dunk a basketball despite being 6’3” tall. His 22.5” vertical is the poorest of the group. Thankfully his job on the football field does not require much leaping. His 22 reps of 225 lbs looks worrisome considering he is the heaviest DL player yet one of the weakest. If we are comparing “athleticism” for the guys who might play NT this year, Jarrett appears to have the least athleticism. He didn’t participate in the 3-cone at his pro-day, but given how much slower he was in the 20 yd shuttle than the rest of the group, I’m guessing is time would have been over 8.0s easily.
I’ve listed Kasim Edabali here as a DE because that is his designation on the team’s roster, but realistically at 253 lbs, he should be in with the OLB’s. He does not fit in with the rest of this group. He appears to be very quick, but given that he is close to 100 lbs lighter than the heaviest guy on this list (Jarrett is closer to 350 than 335 according to what I have read), he SHOULD be quicker than everyone on this list.
Shelby Harris has abnormally long arms for a 6’2” player. Adam Gotsis has really long arms and big hands. Gotsis has already been noted to have a great knack for batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. This might be a function of his really long arms.
Derek Wolfe, Kyle Peko and Billy Winn are all really quick for their size. Demarcus Walker is not. If you sum 3-cone and the 20-yd shuttle times, you get a score that I call the “change of direction” score, CoD. Normalizing CoD for weight gives you what I call the quickness score, or Quix, where 100 is average. Look at the CoD and Quix scores of the DL players below.
Demarcus Walker’s score is 77 is horrible. I hope we don’t put him in many situations where he is asked to move laterally very often. I also hope that he just had a bad day at his pro-day and he really isn’t comparable to 334 lb Zach Kerr in terms of his quickness (comparable CoD).
Kyle Peko and Derek Wolfe appear to be the most athletic of this position group. They appear to have comparable upper and lower body strength and both players are also remarkably quick.
Is there anything else that stands out to you in the measurables for our defensive lineman on the 90-man roster?
Will any DL players be a "surprise" in their getting cut OR their making the final 53?
This poll is closed
Yes - Crick will be cut
Yes - Winn will be cut
Yes - Kyle Peko will be cut
Yes - Kerr will be cut
Yes - Jarrett will make the final 53
Yes - Harris will make the final 53
Yes - Edebali will make the final 53
yes - Soto will make the final 53