Adam Gotsis turned heads in 2017 with a heavy amount of playtime showing he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL. What was a head-scratching second-round draft pick has turned into a run stopping beast at DE in the Denver Broncos’ 3-4 defense.
Name: Adam Gotsis
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 287 lb
College: Georgia Tech
Gotsis has developed into a solid defensive end who doesn’t give ground, is able to play the ball, and has gobs of power that he brings to the game. His forte so far is stopping the run and he’s a big reason for the bounce-back the Broncos defense had in 2017 after an atrocious year in 2016 of stopping the run.
Gotsis has two sacks to his name so far and just doesn’t quite have the kind of penetrating burst you want to see out of an interior lineman when rushing the passer. While he’s very good at not giving up ground, he doesn’t show a consistent ability to move linemen back into the QB’s lap often enough for the team to use him in obvious passing situations.
Fellow defensive lineman, Shelby Harris, had some nice things to say about Gotsis last week when talking about defensive line coach Bill Kollar’s success.
“Look at Adam [Gostis]. Adam had a great year last year. You had guys that weren’t necessarily proven in the league that worked with Bill and got better with Bill. And it showed during the season last year.”
Gotsis is a core component of the Broncos defensive front seven. On obvious run downs, he’s going to be on the field. The only question is can he keep a starting spot with DeMarcus Walker nipping at his heels (who is a better pass rusher by far).
Gotsis is a shoe-in to make the team and if Bill Kollar can develop his pass rushing skills, he may turn heads as a surprise starting lineman in 2018.