With the No. 63 pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Georgia Tech defensive lineman Adam Gotsis. Former Broncos All-Pro safety Steve "Smilin' Assassin' Atwater announced the pick.
Gotsis, 6-foot-4, 287 pounds, is coming off a senior season with the Yellow Jackets that saw him notch three sacks and five tackles for a loss — in just seven games. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Gotsis is coming off a knee injury he suffered in November against Virginia.
“He is big, athletic, strong [and] he is long.," GM John Elway said Friday. "He got hurt last year and only played half of the season. He hasn’t played a lot of football, but for the amount he has played he has been very good. We are really excited about getting him and he has a high ceiling. [We’ll] get him with [Defensive Line Coach] Bill Kollar and with Bill teaching him all the different techniques, we think he can continue to get better and better. “
As a player, he's very similar to current Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe. This is a somewhat mystifying pick by John Elway, in that Gotsis likely could have been had a little bit later in the draft because of his injury.
If 100 percent healthy, he definitely projects as a second round caliber talent. The Broncos must be confident in the progress of his knee. Gotsis projects well as a guy who can eventually replace the 5-tech defensive end spot vacated by Malik Jackson.
At the end of the day, Elway and company didn't want to risk losing out on Gotsis by not jumping on him early. As a sophomore (2013), he notched a whopping 14.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks.
The blue-collar Aussie will fit right in with defensive line coach Bill Kollar. It's just a matter of getting him fully healthy. In fact, according to head coach Gary Kubiak, Kollar had a lot to do with Gotsis ending up in Denver.
"Let me just say this: our defensive line coach (Bill Kollar) is pretty good," Kubiak said. "When he comes down over the course of the last six weeks banging on our doors, saying, ‘You guys give me a chance to work with this guy,’ John and I felt really good about that. Bill and the defensive staff, we just wanted to add him to our group.”
Here's a snippet from his NFL.com scouting report.
Three-year starter and team captain who came over from Australia and became an immediate factor for the Georgia Tech defense. Gotsis is strong and gritty and may have some value in both 3-4 and 4-3 fronts. Gotsis is on schedule to play next season provided his medicals check out at the combine. As a two-down player likely to come out on passing downs, there is a ceiling on his draft value, but he should be a solid backup with eventual starter potential.
On joining the World Champion Broncos, Gotsis had this to say Friday .
“One thing I pride myself on is playing defense," Gotsis said. "To become part of the best defense in the last 30 years or so, it’s an awesome feeling. Coming up there is going to be fun. That [will be] with true professionals and guys that leave it all out there. I watched the Super Bowl and I watched the way they play with pride and passion. They play for each other, and I think that’s the most important thing at the end of the day. They won that Super Bowl as unit. The whole defensive unit won that Super Bowl. It’s just awesome to be a part of that.”
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