After the Denver Broncos missed out on C.J. Mosley in the 2014 NFL Draft, the team made a risky move by waiting to find a solid player to draft at the middle linebacker position. They were able to address that in the fifth round with the selection of Lamin Barrow.
A product out of Louisiana State University, Barrow was selected 156th overall by the Broncos. He will look to, at the very least, push Nate Irving to perform better at the position. With the middle linebacker competition featuring Irving along with Steven Johnson, look for Barrow to take advantage if Irving struggles in training camp. He has all the potential to be a starter for the Broncos if all the pieces fall into place for him.
When training camp begins, I fully expect Barrow to give Irving all that he can handle and then some. Barrow might not possess the speed and the frame at his position as of right now, but he can compete at the next level due to his football smarts and his ability to drop back into pass coverage, which is something that the Broncos could use for another run towards the Super Bowl.
The Broncos are hoping that Barrow can help improve a linebacker corps that just needs someone in the middle to help either create pressure, drop in coverage, or take care of the lane that an opposing running back is trying to run through.
The fact that the Broncos missed out on Mosley could have actually been a blessing in disguise, because grabbing Barrow in the fifth round could in fact be a steal for the team. If history is correct, the Broncos happen to find their biggest talents in the later rounds of the draft. If he gets the nod to start, look for the Broncos’ linebacker corps to have a solid year with Barrow making things challenging for the opposing offense.