Darius Kilgo drafted by the Denver Broncos


Shortly after Stefon Diggs heard his name called, another Maryland Terrapins was selected.

In the 6th round of the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected defensive tackle Darius Kilgo.

Kilgo was the second Terp to be picked on Day Three of the annual player draft. The senior nose tackle was the 17th defensive tackle taken in the 2015 NFL Draft.

During his senior season, Kilgo registered 43 tackles (31 solo) and had two sacks. He also had eight tackles-for-loss while breaking up a pass. During his final three years as a starter, Kilgo had similar production each year with 2014 being his highest tackle total.

The Charlotte native was a typical nose tackle throughout his career in Maryland 3-4 defense. The Terps are currently in the process of moving to a 4-3 defense, but that was after Keith Dudzinski replaced Brian Stewart after the season concluded.

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In terms of fit, former North Carolina nose tackles Sylvester Williams and Marvin Austin are the only two options at the position. Terrance Knighton was very successful in his two seasons with Denver before electing to sign a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins in March.

It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Kilgo crack the defensive line rotation for the Broncos. In order for Kilgo to be an effective pro at the next level, he’s going to have to develop more of a knack for getting to the quarterback. Kilgo is a very strong run-stuffer and definitely can be effective on early running downs.

This was the first time since 2011 that the Terps had multiple players drafted. In 2011, wide receiver Torrey Smith was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round and running back Da’Rel Scott was picked by the New York Giants in the seventh round.