On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Denver Broncos Pink Game The Denver Broncos annual Salute to Survivors halftime recognition, celebrating breast cancer survivors at the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Broncos vs. Cardinals The Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life XVII

    Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos work together on an annual Drive for Life event which is the largest single day blood drive in Colorado.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Click here for more information about the 2014 DFL event.

    Learn more from Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and 9News' Cheryl Preheim about 2014 Drive for Life.

  • Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 11:00 AM MDT Denver Broncos at New York Jets The Denver Broncos travel to Met Life Stadium to take on the New York Jets on Oct. 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Broncos Hometown Huddle
  • Sun., Oct. 19, 2014 6:30 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers The Denver Broncos take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 11:00 AM MST Denver Broncos at St. Louis Rams The Denver Broncos face the St. Louis Rams on the road at 11 a.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

News & Blogs


2012 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Line

Posted Apr 9, 2012

Take a look at some of the top prospects on the defensive line leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

Next in the nine-part series: defensive linemen.

Below you will find six of the top prospects at the position. Later in the week, we will profile another player to keep an eye on -- West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin.


• POSITION: Defensive Tackle
• HEIGHT: 6'5"
• WEIGHT: 322
On who he patterns his game after:
"Two guys really. Jevon Kearse -- when I was coming out of high school, I was big and fast and wanted to pattern my game after him -- and Julius Peppers, a big physical guy who played basketball. Those guys I really wanted to pattern my game after."
Player • POSITION: Defensive End
• COLLEGE: North Carolina
• HEIGHT: 6'6"
• WEIGHT: 284
On his responsibility as an edge rusher:
"One of the things I do and take pride in is getting to the quarterback. I'm excited about getting to the quarterback and helping the program get to the Super Bowl -- that's how it's going to be."
• POSITION: Defensive Tackle
• COLLEGE: Mississippi State
• HEIGHT: 6'4"
• WEIGHT: 298
On why he entered the draft:
"I felt like I was ready to compete at the next level. I talked to my position coach, I asked him, ‘Do you think I’m mature enough?’ He told me he thought I was mature enough; I thought I was mature enough to compete at the next level and I was ready for it. (Having success in the SEC) was another reason I came out. I feel like it is the next step to the NFL."
Player • POSITION: Defensive End
• COLLEGE: South Carolina
• HEIGHT: 6'1"
• WEIGHT: 264
On what he has learned working out with Von Miller leading up to the draft:
"Just everything. We just try to compete against each other every day. Obviously, he's the Defensive Rookie of the Year. So I just try to pattern myself after him because I feel like he's had a lot of success in the NFL."
• POSITION: Defensive Tackle
• COLLEGE: Memphis
• HEIGHT: 6'4"
• WEIGHT: 346
On weight lifting:
"I love the weight room. It's something I got into in high school because people always used to say college players are way bigger, faster, stronger. When you get to college, they say the NFL is way bigger, faster, stronger. I never let up on it. I'm intrinsically motivated to do it. Football is the most fun part about it."
Player • POSITION: Defensive Tackle
• COLLEGE: Michigan State
• HEIGHT: 6'2"
• WEIGHT: 308
On defensive tackles he admires:
"One is right in Michigan. Ndamukong Suh is a great player to idolize. He's a great technician, plays hard every play and is going to bring his best. Darnell Dockett was one of the guys I've always thought was a great defensive tackle. Explosive, like myself. He always plays with great leverage and brought an attitude to the game that a lot of people can't match. And Vince Wilfork is just a technician. He's a big guy, but at the same time his feet are always constantly moving. He's swift and agile for his size. So I just try to implement a lot of their game, look at their film, learn their techniques, and try to get better."

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.