The Denver Broncos hosted Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Charles Omenihu for a pre-draft visit, according to the player’s Instagram.
The Denver Broncos hosted Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Charles Omenihu for an official pre-draft visit, according to the player’s Instagram. H/T to Billy Marshall for sharing the news on Twitter.
So far in this pre-draft process, the Broncos have hosted Omenihu, Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery, Texas A&M’s Kingsley Keke, Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones, and Western Illinois’ Khalen Saunders for pre-draft visits.
The Broncos have also hosted a couple of athletic edge rushers.
Pretty much all of these guys have in common ridiculous athleticism for their size, exceptional length, or both.
In Omenihu’s case, you have a combination of both.
The senior who played in 51 career games in college racked up 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks in his first three collegiate seasons before bursting onto the scene in 2018 with 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.
Omenihu was a standout at the week of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, AL, and showed coaches and scouts how scheme versatile his game is.
At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds with other-worldly 36-inch arms.
This guy can play inside or outside and Vic Fangio made it known that his defensive linemen have to play multiple positions.
Omenihu can do that with his quickness, anchor ability, burst, length, and strength.
One of the major concerns with Omenihu is his ability to change direction. That’s not especially critical for an interior lineman or defensive end, but it’s something worth monitoring nonetheless.
Why are the Broncos considering defensive linemen? Derek Wolfe, Shelby Harris, and Adam Gotsis are coming up on contract years, and that’s something the Broncos need to take into consideration here.
They will undoubtedly re-sign one of those guys, perhaps even two, but they can’t keep everyone and the depth up front has to continue flowing. DeMarcus Walker hasn’t gotten a real chance to show he can be a starting player in this league. Zach Kerr provides depth on the interior.
Behind those guys, the Broncos don’t have much right now. They will almost undoubtedly address their defensive line at some point in this draft, and the players they’ve brought in for visits indicate they are prepared to do so at some point on day two or early day three.