Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett has been extremely impressed with one of his second-year players during training camp.
Hackett couldn’t stop praising outside linebacker Baron Browning this week, a third-round pick by the Broncos in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Browning started his rookie year as an inside linebacker, but he’ll exclusively be an edge rusher in 2022.
And so far, the transition is going better than anyone — including Hackett — expected.
Nathaniel Hackett, on working Baron Browning at edge rusher after starting last year at ILB: “I think, again, it’s kind of like the offensive line. You want guys that try to do as many different things [as possible] and try to find out where they’re best at …” pic.twitter.com/hGqmfplXgP— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) March 27, 2022
Browning moved around a decent amount during his time at Ohio State, so he’s never really been able to truly settle into a position.
That’s why it’s good news that he appears to be locked in as an edge rusher in Denver. From here, I think we’ll see him excel.
Sure, it’s only training camp. And we’ve seen plenty of “training camp stars” fade once the lights come on, but it really feels like Browning has that “it factor”. And Hackett seems to feel the same about him.
Hackett specifically likes Browning’s ability to bend.
“His ability to bend and lower his hips and round that tackle is something that stood out on tape,” said Hackett during OTAs earlier this spring. “That’s another rusher on the outside, and he’s doing a good job.”
For now, it’s all hype — Browning has to prove he can perform when it counts. But it definitely appears that Denver has an unlikely star on their hands in Browning.
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