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Todd Davis‘ calf injury is expected to keep him

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    November 21, 2019 3:56 AM EET
    “He’s going to be out for a couple of weeks John Elway Jersey , and then we’ll see from there,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said after Friday, via Ryan O’Halloran of .Until Davis (pictured) returns, other inside linebackers will get a chance for more reps. Davis played 78.2 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Joe Jones and Keishawn Bierria got only a handful of defensive snaps each last season.Alexander Johnson, who played no defensive snaps for the Broncos last season, got the first crack with the first-team defense Friday. Justin Hollins also saw more work opposite Josey Jewell, the other starter at inside linebacker.Fangio said the Broncos will “even off the work” to give others a chance with the first unit alongside Jewell this weekend. “The coaches know I’m a physical, fast guy,” Johnson said, via O’Halloran. “I’m pretty sure they want to see me be able to get out there, line guys up, play fast and do my assignments. That’s the biggest thing. If I [know] the playbook like the back of my hand, I’ll be able to fly around.” Wilkins would add some pass rush to the middle of the Broncos defense."One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft is former Clemson defensive tackle, Christian Wilkins. He’s a 6’3”, 315lb defensive tackle who is considered one of the top defensive tackles in the draft. Wilkins is ranked as the fourth best defensive tackle in the 2019 NFL Draft according to The Draft Network and ranked as the 15th best prospect in the entire draft. Wilkins is ranked as the 4th best prospect according to NFL Network’s draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. Wilkins played a total of four seasons at Clemson and helped lead one of the nations top defenses during that span. During his four-year career at Clemson Ronald Leary Jersey , Wilkins totaled 192 tackles, 40.5 tackles for a loss, 16 sacks, 15 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles. This past season, Wilkins totaled 51 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. A collection of accolades compiled during this past season at Clemson via William V. Campbell Trophy winner in Clemson historyNFF National Scholar-Athlete selectionNagurski Trophy finalistSenior CLASS Award finalistOutland Trophy finalistBednarik Award finalistLott IMPACT Trophy finalistLombardi Award finalistUnanimous first-team All-American, earning selections by AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp and Sporting NewsFirst-team All-ACCUnanimous first-team AP All-ACC selectionCoSIDA Academic All-District selectionEarned fourth career All-ACC Academic selectionVoted as a permanent team captainChristian WilkinsDefensive tackle | Senior | ClemsonHeight: 6’3” Weight: 315lbs | 40-time: 5.04 secondsArm length: 32 1/2” | Hands: 9 3/4” Bench Press: 28 reps | Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches | Broad Jump: 107.0 inches20-Yard Shuttle: 4.55 secondsFilm Room:Scouting Report:Strengths:Very athletic, agile, and strongFour year player with years of starting experience and productionVersatile player who played all over the defensive line and even some offensive snapsExplosive off the snapVery technical playerSquatty player who plays with good leverageA penetrator who gets into the backfield quicklyShows good range and tracks down ball carriers wellHas a bit of a nose for the ballHas strong hands and a strong punchDisrupts passing lanes(15 career pass deflections)Gives 110% every snap and is relentlessEmotional and locker room leader for the Clemson defenseHigh character personWeaknesses:Not the biggest or strongest defensive linemanShorter arms than you would likePlayed well in college but was surrounded by talent and potential first and second round playersDoesn’t anchor very wellStruggles with double teamsMockdraftable spider graph:Quotable: The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs on Clemson defensive tackle Domata Peko Jersey , Christian Wilkins.“Christian Wilkins projects favorably into an even front as a true 3T defensive tackle. Wilkins’ versatility would allow him to play at a high level in odd fronts as well, provided he’s tasked with B-gap assignments and allowed to penetrate the pocket. Wilkins has a great nose for the football and is technically advanced, he should be capable of making a positive impact for a defense very early on in his NFL career. Starter with Pro Bowl ceiling.”Does Christian Wilkins make sense for the Broncos?:I love the fit.Wilkins has his concerns, but his pass rushing ability and versatility make him an excellent fit for Vic Fangio’s defense. Speaking of which, Fangio recently commented on how defensive lineman are interchangeable and how their versatility is key. Well, as I said above, that is a strength of Wilkins game.Now, while the Broncos defensive line seems set on paper, that could change come next year. Shelby Harris and Adam Gotsis are entering the final year of their deals and who knows how much longer Derek Wolfe will be around. Fangio will likely want to add some youth and talent to this group before losing a few of them. I keep mentioning how interior pass rush is currently lacking with the Broncos. All they really have is Shelby Harris, so adding Wilkins would give them depth at this very important role, as well as another pass rusher/chess piece to us on passing downs. I am not sure how likely a defensive lineman is at 10th overall, but if they do decide to go that route with their 10th overall selection, Clemson’s Christian WIlkins is a name to keep an eye on.