How the Denver Broncos identify athletes for every position
EDGE (8) — Von Miller, Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett, Bradley Chubb, Deiontrez Mount, Marcus Rush, Stansly Maponga, Jeff Holland
There was some interesting variation at the outside linebacker position for the Broncos, but this position is loaded with guys who have a great get-off (1.64 10-yard split for eight players is very good).
That said, the Broncos have a unique blend at this position of players with size or players with speed and quickness, but rarely with both.
For example, Shaquil Barrett posted sub-par athletic numbers but is listed as one of the team’s ‘smaller’ edge rushers. Deiontrez Mount is one of the biggest players at this position, but is freakishly athletic for his size.
Bradley Chubb is obviously the prime example of size and athleticism, but his abilities are very rare. Von Miller doesn’t have the same type of size, but his size is always what it needs to be and not only is Miller very athletic, he’s exceptionally strong for his size.
OBLB (7) —Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis, Josey Jewell, Keishawn Bierria, Zaire Anderson, Jerrol Garcia-Williams, Joseph Jones
20-yard shuttle: 4.30
The Broncos have a pretty consistent profile at the linebacker position, with guys ranging between 6-feet tall and around 6-foot-2, and a very consistent physical makeup.
There are some variations here in the weight or straight-line speed department, but the Broncos have identified a ‘type’ here similar to what they did at the tight end position.
Joseph Jones is the most athletic player on the team at this position and helps bring the team’s overall 40-time down with his blazing 4.50. The Broncos have a number of players who have really good quickness at this position in a short area, which is great for the inside linebacker position since they are asked to read plays and change direction so often.
They also have very strong numbers with eight players and an average vertical jump of 34-inches, and bench press reps at 22.
This linebacker group is built for stopping the run.