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Broncos sign fifth-rounder Malik Jackson

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The Broncos signed a draft pick they hope can fit into the mix on the defensive line in 2012.

Denver announced that they agreed to terms with defensive lineman Malik Jackson. Jackson, a fifth-round pick, signed the mandated four-year deal for players drafted after the first round.

Jackson, who was drafted with the pick Denver acquired when they traded Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis, started his college career at USC before transferring to Tennessee. He started at defensive tackle in Knoxville and had 21 tackles for losses over the last two seasons. He’ll probably move to end with the Broncos, although Denver’s varied fronts could have a place for Jackson in multiple roles. The Broncos also drafted defensive tackle Derek Wolfe in the second round for a defensive line that should feature a lot of competition for playing time.

Jackson joins cornerback Omar Bolden as members of the Broncos draft class under contract. Five players remain unsigned.

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4 Responses to “Broncos sign fifth-rounder Malik Jackson”
  1. jeziyo247 says: May 18, 2012 7:38 PM

    Last years draft class was good, let’s hope this years draft class is better because the broncos are in the need to win now. Im routing more for champ Bailey to get a ring before he retires than manning getting a second one because he’s been loyal all these years through their ups and downs and even worst. He never gave up and always believed even when things didn’t look so bright for the broncos, he deserves a ring for not giving up on the franchise and going somewhere else.

  2. gonzo7 says: May 18, 2012 8:16 PM

    Coming from a UT student I can say that the Broncos got a steal. Malik is a great leader, has a non-stop motor, is willing to play anywhere on the line, and he does not lack talent. For those concerned why he transferred, its because he did not want to play for the giant turd known as Lane Kiffin. Great pick!

  3. ewill27 says: May 18, 2012 9:20 PM

    can’t agree more about Champ. one of the greatest players in the league throughout his era

  4. fulanekiffin says: May 19, 2012 1:12 AM

    Huge steal for broncos. Love the former Vols in Denver

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