Broncos select Malik Jackson in fifth round

NEW YORK (UT release) -- Tennessee defensive lineman Malik Jackson (2010-11) became the Vols' 330th all-time NFL Draft selection when the Denver Broncos chose him in the fifth round with the 137th overall pick Saturday at Radio Music City Hall in New York.

Tennessee, which has produced the SEC's most NFL draft picks and the seventh most of any school nationally, saw Jackson become the third UT defensive lineman taken since 2009, joining first-rounders Dan Williams (2010) and Robert Ayers (2009).

Ayers was also a Broncos' selection and is still on the Denver roster.

Jackson also joins former Vols Britton Colquitt and Peyton Manning in Denver.

Jackson is the 63rd Vol drafted since 2000, which currently ranks second in the conference and fifth nationally, including 14 other defensive linemen. Four of those Vols' defensive linemen (Shaun Ellis, Justin Harrell, Rashad Moore and Darwin Walker) have played in the Super Bowl.

Jackson, who played in the Senior Bowl in late January, was named to the All-SEC First Team by the media in 2011 and the All-SEC Second Team by the coaches.

Also a 2010 AP All-SEC second team honoree, Jackson led the Vols in tackles for loss (11), sacks (2.5) and quarterback hurries (10). His 56 tackles were a career-high, ranked tied for third on the team and positioned him as one of just two defensive linemen to rank in the SEC's top 50 in tackles per game with an average of 4.6 each outing, placing 50th.

The Northridge, Calif., native was one of seven Vols with multiple pass breakups (2), while also forcing a fumble. His 11 TFLs ranked
12th in the SEC.

*Second pick in the fifth round and 137th overall

*Heading to the Denver Broncos, Jackson joins former Vols DE Robert Ayers, P Britton Colquitt and QB Peyton Manning,
330rd NFL draft pick from UT, which ranks as the most among SEC schools and seventh nationally

*30th defensive lineman taken in this year's NFL Draft
63rd Vol drafted since 2000, which currently ranks second in the SEC and fifth nationally

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