Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 4/28/12

Malik Jackson poses for a headshot during the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)

The Denver Broncos have selected Malik Jackson with the 137th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

John Elway and John Fox have something in mind for the new Orange Crush defense and its to get after the quarterback!  Jackson is a quality speed rusher and adds competition with Robert Ayers opposite Elvis Dumervil.  With the dearth of sacks over the last several years – even with Elvis getting it done – is likely one of the big points of focus moving forward.

It will be hard for teams like the Patriots to spread the Broncos out and pick them apart like they were able to do last year. Why? Because Tom Brady wannabes will not have all day to throw the ball anymore. Focus in on Dumervil, Von Miller will be coming.  Take Von Miller and Dumervil out, here comes Derek Wolfe or Malik Jackson.  This draft just his the B- range.  Go Broncos!

What do you fans think of this pick?

Let’s take a look at Jackson’s pre-draft profile.

NFL.com Draft Profile

Jackson came to UT after leaving USC and has blossomed in the SEC, becoming a two-year starter for the Volunteers. Although undersized for the defensive tackle position, Jackson has gotten upward of 270 pounds and been an effective scheme player when slanting and stunting for Tennessee. He will likely switch back to DE in the NFL, but 3-4 base defense teams could be excited about him playing DE considering his time spent inside. He has seventh-round value as a versatile D-lineman.

STRENGTHS Jackson is quick off the ball, and more effective when given space to not have to face bigger linemen, usually through a schematic call that allows him to run free through a gap. Although undersized, he is able to hold up bigger linemen and then shed those players to get to the ball. He had good rush production inside even though he was often physically overmatched, and once in the backfield he is a fluid mover toward the ball.

WEAKNESSES Jackson can get washed out at times by stronger offensive linemen. Strength has been his consistent Achilles heel and it’s a wonder that he survived after being moved inside after transferring. He is better suited to playing end and even then could struggle to get off blocks against Pro Bowl-caliber offensive linemen.


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