Round 5, No. 137: Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee

Malik Jackson

JACKSON: ... expects to move outside.

In some ways, Malik Jackson is the opposite side of the Derek Wolfe coin.

Wolfe is a pass-rushing three-technique defensive tackle who has the flexibility to swing outside and handle five-technique work. Jackson is a little more of an all-around defensive end — although he did have 7.5 sacks the last two years playing from the inside — and projects as a Broncos defensive end, but has the ability and size (285 pounds) to move inside and play the three-technique in a pinch.

And unlike Wolfe, defensive end looks to be Jackson’s primary home as a Bronco.

“I’m really comfortable (there),” Jackson said after the Broncos took him with the No. 137 pick — acquired from the Rams in the Brandon Lloyd trade. “That’s what I played at the University of Southern California before I transferred (in 2010).

“I’ve been really working at the defensive end area this offseason. I feel really comfortable about this and I feel really good. I’m just ready to go in there and compete for a job.”

What is interesting about Jackson’s move to the outside is that he’s put on weight in recent months. Jackson said he played at 267 pounds last year — “a little small at D-tackle in the SEC,” he acknowledged.

“But I realized it’s all about technique and going out there wanting to really know what you’re doing,” he continued. “That’s what I did and I feel like I started to get an upper edge on plays.

“But I feel really good at 285 (pounds).”

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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  1. I loved this pick. The more I read about this guy, the more it feels like we got a steal. He’s not going to start right away, but he should be a big part of the rotation, especially as a run-stuffer.

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