With pick number 137, former Tennessee Volunteer defensive lineman Malik Jackson was selected by the Denver Broncos. This makes another Tennessee Vol addition to the Bronco locker room as Denver signed quarterback Peyton Manning during the offseason.
Jackson, who is 6’4 and weighs 284 pounds, will be expected to help contribute as a 3-4 defensive end. The Broncos defense still was not at the level that head coach John Fox wanted, despite the team drafting Von Miller with the second-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Jackson comes in to help a run defense that was ranked 22 in the league and allowed an average of 126.3 yards per game.
Jackson was one of the bright spots in the Tennessee Volunteers 2011 season. Jackson brought in a total of 56 tackles and three sacks during his last season with the Vols.