Rookie Lamin Barrow Building a Legend as Broncos Minicamp Ends

As Denver Broncos minicamp comes to a close, I really find it interesting going across the web and reading some things about what reporters and writers observed about players at camp.

Perusing through Jeff Legwold’s latest at, he mentioned something about Lamin Barrow that indicates to me the Broncos’ fifth round pick out of LSU is going to have a growing legend as training camp approaches.

Nate Irving, a former third-round pick, sits atop the depth chart at middle linebacker, but he will have to hold off this year’s fifth-round pick, Lamin Barrow, to keep the job. Barrow is a third-day pick who already has the look of a guy who’s going to push early and often for playing time.

It might not seem like much, but if Barrow is making that kind of impression on writers, then he’s likely showing something to the coaches as well.

The leading tackler at LSU over the last two seasons, Barrow is a speedy middle linebacker prospect who can cover and give you three-down ability. Since the Broncos play out of the nickel a lot more often than not, Barrow is a guy who could really fit well with what they are trying to do in terms of getting speed at the linebacker spots and guys who can cover backs and tight ends.

Since middle linebacker is a position seemingly up for grabs at training camp this year, you can expect the legend of either Lamin Barrow or Nate Irving to grow more and more, and potentially even both. The Broncos obviously had high hopes for Irving coming out in 2011 as a third round pick, but he’s suffered through injuries and has had to play different positions due to injuries or suspensions of other players and hasn’t found a groove.

He showed an ability to make bone crunching hits behind the line of scrimmage at times last year, and he’s getting the first crack at the starting job with the Broncos.

Still, it’s interesting to read the reports talking about Barrow as someone — a fifth round pick no less — who could challenge for a starting job as a rookie on a Super Bowl contender.

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  • anon76returns

    Rumor has it that Denver’s nickel look might primarily feature Q Carter at SS and Ward sliding down to play in the nickel backer role.
    I like the sound of speedy linebackers. I like depth at safety. I like competition and flexibility in OTAs and TC. The Broncos look to be in pretty good shape at this point.

    • Chad Jensen

      Absolutely. Expect TJ Ward to move into the box in nickel as a LB and cover tight ends or crash downfield in the run game. Personally, I think we’ll see Carter at SS in those packages. Maybe Ihenacho, if he can turn the corner.

      I think that if Barrow sees the field, it’ll be because he beat Irving at Mike, or due to injury.

  • Daigo Parry

    That was a misleading headline.