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).”