After gearing toward the offense with their first pick in the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos moved toward the defensive side of the ball with Terry Pierce, Middle Linebacker from Kansas State University.
Pierce possesses a good combination of speed and strength, packed into a solid 6-1, 255 lb. frame. Known for his leadership qualities, the three-year starter will bring a valuable blitzing quality to a revamped defense looking to move it's way back into the playoff hunt.
Quick Facts: 4.64 in the 40-yard dash…420-pound bench press…33-inch vertical jump…32 ½-inch arm length.
Undisputed leader of the defensive unit...Has a feel for the play while it is developing... Fills the holes with force and has superb quickness at the point of attack...Uses his strength to easily disengage from the larger blockers...Uses his hands and arms to deliver a solid jolt to tight ends in the short area passing game...Shows good arm extension going up for the ball...Displays blazing open field acceleration...Moves through traffic with great determination, possessing a fluid lateral flow to the ball...Snaps his hips on contact and is very physical when taking on the ball carrier...Makes the change off in the zone with good balance... Has natural hands for the interception...All-out blitzer who uses his combination of size, speed and strength to cut through the backfield to close in on the quarterback in pursuit…Another in a long line of standout linebackers to perform for the Wildcats during the Bill Snyder era…The three-year starter recorded 216 tackles (145 solos) with eight sacks for minus 49 yards, 33 stops for losses of 103 yards, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and ten deflected passes in 35 games.
The Broncos next three picks will come in the fourth round, the 108th, 114th and 120th pick overall, which will take place on Sunday, April 27.
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