Sixth Round, 219th Pick: Antwaun Woods
Let us pretend for a moment the Broncos drafted Robert Nkemdiche. They still need some help at the defensive line since Antonio Smith is a free agent. The Broncos are very high on Maryland product, Darius Kilgo, who could see his role expand next season.
Enter Antwaun Woods. Woods is a stout, compact defensive lineman with potential to replace Sylvester Williams if they choose to not pick up his fifth-year option. He has violent, powerful hands and can dip-and-rip past or move offensive lineman to be very disruptive in the backfield. Woods even has the dynamic ability to locate the football, which can be rare for a lineman. A player of his size to show quickness and hustle in short areas will impress the Denver Broncos and the rest of the NFL.
Woods must show his consistency, which he has lacked while at USC. He could do a better job of collapsing the pocket, but Woods’ talent to consume double-teams means he will present opportunities for teammates. Once Woods’ shows more reliability at the position he will become a very good pro. Woods’ suffocates the gaps and has exceptional upside giving the Broncos incredible depth at the defensive line.
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