There has been so much talk about the Broncos possibly taking a linebacker in the first round of this year’s draft, and while that ultimately may happen, I can’t stress enough how much this would contradict what you traditionally look to do with a top 10 pick.
Neither Devin White nor Devin Bush is Patrick Willis. They are not Luke Kuechly. They are not even Roquan Smith, per the Broncos’ new head coach.
Vic Fangio’s linebacker group may need another speedy option, but they certainly don’t have to take a guy in the first round.
We’ve explored a number of options on here like North Carolina State’s Germaine Pratt (likely a late day two, early day three guy), Minnesota’s Blake Cashman (likely in the same range), and now present yet another player who could be had on day three in Washington’s Ben Burr-Kirven.
Burr-Kirven, known for his instinctive style of play, ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine and racked up a whopping 176 tackles this past year at UW.
The leader of the Huskies defense showed he can be a starting option in the NFL despite his size limitations (6-feet, 221 pounds).