The Denver Broncos added further depth at inside linebacker after drafting Keishawn Bierria in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The California native is another rookie with leadership qualities and a chip on his shoulder that has been a theme among the young men drafted this week.
A leader for the Washington Huskies, Bierria has shown he can still make plays despite his physical and athletic deficiencies, but can struggle in coverage.
At 6-0, 230 pounds, his stature is similar to current Broncos linebacker Todd Davis, who the Broncos signed to a new three-year deal during the offseason.
The measurables and projections are also similar. Bierria was projected to be a priority free agent signing, while Davis was also undrafted out of Sacramento State by the New Orleans Saints in 2014, before being cut in November that year, and carving out an NFL career with the Broncos on special teams 11 days later.
If Bierria is to make the 53-man roster, he will face competition from fourth-round pick Josey Jewell, and incumbents Zaire Anderson and Jerrol Garcia-Williams, who can all contribute on special teams.
The Broncos’ final pick this year will be at 226, in the seventh round.