ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With their pick in the sixth round (176th overall) the Denver Broncos selected Nebraska fullback Andy Janovich. The selection essentially is a promise kept for coach Gary Kubiak, who has said throughout the offseason the Broncos would add at least one fullback to the roster.
Janovich started his career with the Cornhuskers as a walk-on and eventually earned his scholarship before his sophomore season.
My take: The Broncos adding a fullback to the roster, either via a draft pick or as an undrafted free agent, was almost a given. The Broncos have had their scouts as well as running backs coach Eric Studesville scouring the available fullbacks in the draft to find the right fit for the offense. The Broncos want the two-back set to be a part of things in the 2016 season. Janovich played 50 games in his career at Nebraska and 42 of his 45 career rushing attempts came in the 2015 season. Some scouts believe he could contribute as a spot runner as his game video shows a player who can make a defender miss and is willing to close out runs.
Very special: Janovich could potentially fill one of the necessary roles of any NFL fullback -- special teams. Janovich was Nebraska’s leader in special-teams tackles this past season with 13 tackles.