ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The NFL draft is often more about pro potential than collegiate production, and the Denver Broncos decided to put that to the test in the second round when they selected Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis with the 63rd overall pick.
Gotsis is a former Australian Rules Football player who played four seasons at Georgia Tech and made 38 starts in his career at the school.
My take: The 6-foot-4½-inch, 287-pound player moves like a much smaller man. He has played nose tackle at times in the Georgia Tech defense and will be a project for the Broncos. He’s worth a draft pick, but the Broncos rated him more highly than many of their peers. The Broncos will need a raw player to continue his lightning-quick development to play up to the value of the pick. Game video shows he’s a high-effort player, with some quickness off the ball and strength at the point of attack. Gotsis doesn’t always show a quick diagnosis of the play in front of him and projects to be largely a run-down specialist early in his career as he continues to learn the game. He still is recovering from an October knee injury.
Still on the mend: Gotsis suffered a torn ACL on the first play from scrimmage in Georgia Tech’s Oct. 31 loss to Virginia. Gotsis said on Friday night that he has progressed to do some running and agility drills in his recovery, so he hopes to be full speed by the time the Broncos begin the regular season. Before the knee injury, some teams said they believed Gotsis could have third-round potential.
Still learning: After four seasons with Georgia Tech, including three as a starter, Gotsis has still played more Australian Rules Football (eight years). But the Broncos are more than willing to put their trust in the development skills of defensive line coach Bill Kollar. And Gotsis is potentially a high-reward prospect given the potential he has shown in one of the nation’s major football conferences. He finished his college career with 12.5 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss.
What’s next: The Broncos have one pick in the third round -- 98th overall -- and have plenty of work to do on the draft’s third day since they need more help at linebacker and safety.