5. Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
When I heard about the Broncos’ visit with Justin Hollins in the pre-draft process, I started plugging him into just about every mock draft exercise I did on The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator.
Guilty for using that about a hundred times…
After the Broncos picked four guys they had in town on pre-draft visits with their top four picks, I wasn’t at all surprised to see Hollins come in with their fifth-round pick.
Like this tweet from the Broncos says, Hollins was a beast this past season in terms of creating turnovers (five FF, one INT) and he gets to the quarterback.
With his size (6-foot-5, 248 pounds), wingspan (79.5 inches), and overall athleticism (4.50 in the 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical, 7.06 three-cone) I think the Broncos got themselves a weapon they can use all over the defense as a backup.
Hollins can obviously play on the edge as a pass rusher, but he’s athletic enough and fluid enough in space to hang with tight ends in coverage. He also has the size to do that.
Maybe he can be the Broncos’ version of a Jamie Collins or Anthony Barr…