words // Brandon Richard
After an offseason that has included rookie signings like Nick Fairley, Patrick Peterson, Ryan Williams, A.J. Green and Jon Baldwin, Nike Football bolsters their roster once again with the addition of four new names.
Set to wear Swoosh product when NFL Football returns to the field are Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore and tackle Orlando Franklin, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis and defensive end Robert Quinn and San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget.
The Rams selected Quinn 14th overall in the first round of this year’s draft. He has a background as a state wrestling champion and was First Team All-ACC in 2009. Austin Pettis was chosen in the third round and was First Team All-WAC in 2009 and 2010.
Looking to bring back the “Orange Crush” style of football under the new Fox/Elway regime, the Broncos stacked up with defensive playmakers and added a big stuffer on the offensive line to reintroduce a pounding run game. Rahim Moore is a highly accomplished safety from UCLA who was named to the Sporting News All-American First Team in 2010. Orlando Franklin was considered the top offensive tackle in the 2011 and should provide much needed protection for Tim Tebow.
After a disappointing season in which they missed the playoffs, San Diego brings in Corey Liuget to bring some intensity to the defensive line. In three years at Illinois , he recorded 125 tackles, 25.5 TFLs and 8.5 sacks Liuget had a career year in 2010, earning Second-team All-Big Ten accolades after recording 63 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and three passes broken up.
Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami
Corey Liuget, DE, Illinois