Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 306 pounds, Angelo Blackson, a defensive tackle who spent four years at SEC-power Auburn, could be a solid prospect for the Denver Broncos, should they choose to go that direction during the upcoming NFL Draft.
And they might, as Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos are bringing Blackson in for a private workout this week.
Blackson, who can run a 4.99 40-yard dash, despite his girth, may adroitly fit into new Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' scheme as a defensive tackle with more speed than the departed Terrance Knighton under the old regime. This element of his game reportedly intrigues the Broncos, as Klis opines.
But at his Pro Day, Blackson had 40-yard times of 4.99 and 5.01 seconds. Eye-popping speed considering quarterback Jameis Winston ran a 4.97 at the NFL scouting combine. It opened the Broncos’ eyes enough to bring Blackson into Dove Valley for a visit this week.
In his time at Auburn, Blackson posted 65 tackles, including 17.5 for a loss, as well as 5 sacks, so he has shown some effectiveness in collapsing the pocket, but it's an element he must work to improve.
Blackson plays strongly at the point of attack and is adept at withstanding and occupying double teams when playing against the run. Furthermore, he is strong in his lower body and can effectively bull rush when he gets to an edge against a guard.
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Some draftniks also laud him as a sure tackler, who uses his entire body and finishes what he starts. With a trait like the last one, he perhaps can endear himself to Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak.
His weaknesses include insufficient explosion off the ball and into blockers and he often leads with his head, a less than desirable trait, especially in the modern-day NFL. He also lacks leverage as a pass rusher and is slow at winning combats with his hands.
Additionally, when opposing offenses attempt to cut block him, he often finds himself on the ground. Ultimately, he is considered a space-eater by scouts and is a liability against the pass. His best role with the Broncos would be an interior lineman who can eat blockers and free his teammates to make plays.
In short, from what I've learned about Blackson, the Broncos could do much worse, however, Scout.com’s leading scout Dave-Te Thomas, sees Blackson as a priority free agent.
In football, speaking myself as a former team captain who didn't play 20 snaps the entire length of the season in question, more hard-hat lunch pail guys are needed and Blackson would certainly fit the bill.
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