Former Maryland defensive lineman Darius Kilgo got a tip of the cap from a Hall of Famer -- who happens to be his new boss -- after being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
“We've taken Darius Kilgo in the 6th rd from Maryland,” Broncos GM John Elway wrote on Twitter. “He's a big, physical nose tackle who can make plays & put pressure on the quarterback.”
Kilgo registered 43 tackles and two sacks for Maryland this past year for Maryland, his senior season.
During a conference call with media on Saturday, he talked about how he might fit in Denver, which actually employs the same 3-4 defense Maryland ran last season.
That system comes courtesy of new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
“I think I’ll fit great,” Kilgo said. “Just coming out of Brian Stewart’s defense, which is my coordinator for the past three years, he’s had a lot of experience in the 3-4 defense, so I definitely feel like I’ll transition to the next level.
“Just taking advantage of the resources that the NFL and the Denver Broncos provide for me, I think I can definitely take full advantage of it and be able to contribute immediately.”
The Broncos needed depth on the defensive line after losing defensive tackle Terrance Knighton to Washington in free agency.