Pass rush was a quiet need for the Denver Broncos and they bolstered that with the addition of Oregon pass rusher Justin Hollins.
During free agency, the Denver Broncos lost Shaquil Barrett to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Shane Ray is still a free agent.
The depth at outside linebacker had to be addressed in the 2019 NFL Draft. The selection of Justin Hollins out of Oregon is not surprising given they brought him in for a pre-draft visit.
Hollins has been a team captain which continues to be a trend this year with the draft picks in 2019. Noah Fant, Dalton Risner, and Drew Lock were also captains on their respective teams.
Hollins is a very twitchy athlete. According to John Elway, he can see time as an inside linebacker. Maybe in some certain packages, but Hollins adds explosion on the edge.
He is a twitchy player who can create situations for himself in a variety of ways. Initially, look for Hollins to contribute on special teams. Special teams is often overlooked, but it is how players make rosters or make a first impression. Hollins will see time there first to make it work.
The pass rush will now consist of Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Jeff Holland, and now Justin Hollins. This does not exclude pass rush from the interior. Recent addition Dre’Mont Jones adds to versatility on the outside and inside of the defensive line. Solid depth now on the defense.
With my comments aside, what are experts saying about Justin Hollins?
The Denver Broncos have now drafted five players, and all five guys came to town for pre-draft visits. Should we be putting more stock in that going forward, or did the Broncos simply bring more guys they had highly ranked into town for visits?
This draft has been fascinating, to say the least.