Chicago, IL—With the 203rd overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected University of Maryland defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. The 6-foot-3, 319-pound Kilgo was a three-year collegiate starter and veritable space-eater.
He is a single-gap nose guard, capable of fulfilling defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ unique demands for his 0-Tech. Although Kilgo is not considered to be much of a pass rusher, he can excel in a single-gap deployment and cause disruption in the opposing backfield.
The Broncos currently have two legit nose guards on the roster in Sylvester Williams and Marvin Austin—two former North Carolina Tarheels. Kilgo will have to fight to make the final roster and earn a spot behind these two.
When you factor in that 2015 free agent signees Antonio Smith and Vance Walker can play defensive end and nose guard, Kilgo will have to prove himself early in training camp, because the Broncos roster was full before the NFL Draft.
MHH resident draftnik Erick Trickel had this to say about Darius Kilgo.
”Darius Kilgo is a solid player. He will be limited as he gets coached up, but next year will be scary, following a season with Bill Kollar and Wade Phillips. Kilgo is a run stuffer, who can push the pocket better than credit is given.”
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