The Denver Broncos will reportedly host 2019 NFL Draft prospect Kingsley Keke, a defensive lineman from Texas A&M, for a pre-draft visit.
The Denver Broncos appear to be looking for more information on defensive linemen they could try to scoop up between the 2nd-4th round or so, hosting Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones, Western Illinois’ Khalen Saunders, and now Texas A&M’s Kingsley Keke for pre-draft visits to the team facility.
Chalk this one up as an intriguing one because Keke, who clearly has many suitors, also had a formal meeting with the Broncos at the 2019 Scouting Combine.
That kind of attention makes this a name worth monitoring, but the Broncos aren’t alone in their pursuit of the former Aggies star.
So what does Keke bring to the table as a player?
Well, he’s a former four-star recruit who became a full-time starter in 2017. He had better production in 2016, however, when he racked up seven tackles for loss and four sacks.
That production dipped in 2017 to 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack, but Keke rebounded in a big way in 2018.
As a senior, he had 51 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and seven sacks, which led Texas A&M.
Interestingly enough, Keke’s athletic profile matched up really well with Dre’Mont Jones, another player the Broncos are getting a closer look at.
These guys could be considered eventual successors for Shelby Harris if the Broncos can’t get him back on a long-term deal eventually, as they all have the same or similar size profiles.
Keke is not considered to be the sum of his parts yet. That’s not rare for a college prospect, but some are more refined than others. He has big potential with quickness and length, but Keke dropped some weight to play a more versatile role and may have sacrificed his ability to create a stout base on a consistent basis.
He’s also considered a ‘tweener’ on the defensive line. He’s not really a typical base end in a four-man front, and he’s not really an every-down interior defensive lineman either.
Vic Fangio has talked about wanting his defensive linemen to be able to play a variety of positions, and Keke can certainly do that.
He is an interesting athlete and if I were the Broncos, I would be looking at him starting in the fourth round. The 71st overall pick is simply far too rich for this kind of developmental player, but the Broncos have a great situation for a physical talent like him to come into.