ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 29: Von Miller of the Denver Broncos is presented to the media for the first time with vice president of football operations John Elway at Dove Valley on April 29, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. Miller, a projected outside linebacker in head coach John Fox's new 4-3 scheme, was selected second overall from Texas A&M. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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The Broncos selected Texas A&M linebacker with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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NFL Draft 2011 Results: Broncos Select Two Tight Ends On Day 3

The third and final day of 2011 NFL Draft is over. Let's take another look at who the newest Broncos take on Saturday are:

No. 108, Fourth Round: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma - With the addition of Carter and second-round pick Rahim Moore, it is clear that John Fox wants to build the future foundation for the secondary. Brian Dawkins can mentor the two in his remaining time in the league.

No. 129, Fourth Round: Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State - The first offensive weapon selected on the third day by the Broncos, Thomas is an undeveloped talent who played basketball in college as well. Fills hole in position.

No. 189, Sixth Round: Michael Mohamed, ILB, Cal - A third linebacker for the Broncos in this draft, Mohamed should contribute immediately as a special teams player.

No. 204, Seventh Round: Virgil Green, TE, Nevada - One of Colin Kaepernick's targets at Nevada, Green is another pass-catching tight end, a type of player the Broncos have lacked recently.

No. 247, Seventh Round: Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma - The Broncos use their last draft pick to select a defensive lineman, this one an end. Beal had 29 sacks for the Sooners, tied for second in school history.

The Broncos will now wait for free agency to begin (date undetermined) to address defensive tackle concerns.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Jeremy Beal Drafted By The Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos drafted defensive end Jeremy Beal, a two-time (2009, 2010) AP All-American from Oklahoma, with the 247th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Beal is the first defensive lineman the Broncos took in this year's draft. He was the 2010 

Beal was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2010 and had 19 tackles for a loss. In his career, Beal accumulated 58.5 tackles for a loss and 29 sacks, both tied for second in school history.

Beal's selection marks six defensive players taken out of nine total selections: three linebackers, two safeties, two tight ends, one offensive lineman and one defensive end.

Free agency, whenever it begins, awaits John Elway and John Fox.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Scotty McKnight Selected By New York Jets At No. 227

The New York Jets selected Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Scotty McKnight with the 227th pick (seventh round) of the 2011 NFL Draft. McKnight is now the fourth CU player drafted this year. The 5-foot-11 receiver ranks third all-time for the Buffs with 2,521 receiving yards and is just the 10th player n NCAA history to record a catch in every game he played in.

Colorado Buffaloes drafted in 2011
Nate Solder, No. 17 Overall, New England Patriots
Jimmy Smith, No. 27 Overall, Baltimore Ravens
Jalil Brown, No. 118 Overall, Kansas City Chiefs
Scotty McKnight, No. 227 Overall, New York Jets

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Virgil Green Drafted By The Denver Broncos With 204th Pick

The Denver Broncos selected a second tight end in the 2011 NFL Draft, Virgil Green out of Nevada. Green provides another end zone target for the Broncos, though he is a project.

Green helped his stock out with a great Combine and has great measurables at 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds. He helped Colin Kaepernick emerge as a top quarterback in this draft (he went to the San Francisco 49ers at pick No. 36, which was acquired from the Broncos).

Five of the eight Broncos draft picks have been on the defensive side of the ball. The three offensive selections include two tight ends and one offensive lineman.

The Broncos have one draft pick remaining, a compensatory pick that cannot be traded.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Mike Mohamed Drafted By The Denver Broncos With 189th Pick

California inside linebacker Michael Mohamed was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 189th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Mohamed finished his career at Cal with 340 tackles, fourth most in school history, and was a second-team All-Pac-10 player in 2010. Given his instincts to go after the ball, he should make plenty of plays.

Mohamed is Denver's third linebacker taken in the draft, the other two being Von Miller and Nate Irving. The Broncos have two seventh round picks remaining. At this point, it would be surprising if the Broncos drafted a player on the defensive line. They'll look at that area in free agency. This late in the draft, the team will only find long-term projects to draft.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Portland State TE Julius Thomas Drafted By Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos traded back into the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by sending Nos. 141 (fifth round) and 186 (sixth round) to the Green Bay Packers for Nos. 129 and 204 (seventh round). With the 129th overall pick, the Broncos selected Portland State tight end Julius Thomas. He was a First Team All-Big Sky in 2011 with 29 receptions, 453 yards and two touchdowns. He was a four-year basketball player as well and had a school record 66.3 shooting percentage.

The Broncos are in need of a pass-catching tight end, as Daniel Graham is gone (and was more of a blocker) and Richard Quinn and Dan Gronkowski have yet to make waves.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Jalil Brown Heads To Kansas City Chiefs As 118th Pick

Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Jalil Brown became the third player from the team to be drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in the Buffs' secondary with the 27th overall pick of the draft, Jimmy Smith. While Brown won't be a starter anytime soon in the NFL, he will likely contribute immediately as a special teams player.

Will Scotty McKnight be the next Buffalo to receive a phone call? If his name is not called, he will enter the undrafted free agent market, though when that starts is still yet to be determined.

Colorado Buffaloes drafted in 2011
Nate Solder, No. 17 Overall, New England Patriots
Jimmy Smith, No. 27 Overall, Baltimore Ravens
Jalil Brown, No. 118 Overall, Kansas City Chiefs

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NFL Draft 2011 Results: Quinton Carter Selected By The Denver Broncos With The 108th Pick

 Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter went to the Denver Broncos with the 108th overall pick of the NFL Draft. Here's John Elway explaining the pick:

Quinton Carter is a big, strong safety who we had rated very high on our draft board. Happy that he fell to us and is a Bronco.

With his addition as well as that of Rahim Moore in the second round, the Broncos are hoping the two can form the future of the Denver secondary.

That the Broncos have yet to draft a defensive tackle indicates a)they are drafting the top-rated player on their board and not reaching for a pick and 5)will look toward free agency (whenever that starts) to address that need.

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2011 NFL Draft Picks: Denver Broncos Rounds 4-7

The Denver Broncos enter the third day of the 2011 NFL Draft with two more picks than they entered with at the start of the proceedings. On Day 2 of the draft, the Broncos moved down to No. 45 when they sent the No. 36 selection to the San Francisco 49ers (who selected QB Colin Kaepernick). The Broncos picked up a fourth and a fifth round selection, which they did not previously have.

Here's a rundown of picks the Broncos have or have lost:

Picks Broncos Possess
Round 4, No. 11, No. 108 Overall - Acquired from 49ers on Day 2
Round 5, No. 10, No. 141 Overall - Acquired from 49ers on Day 2
Round 6, No. 21, No. 186 Overall - Acquired from Detroit Lions in Alphonso Smith-Dan Gronkowski trade. Originally an Eagles pick.
Round 6, No. 24, No. 189 Overall - Acquired as part of Laurence Maroney trade.
Round 7, No. 46, No. 247 Overall - Granted by NFL as a compensatory pick.

Picks Broncos Traded Away (Before Draft Began)
Round 4, No. 2, No. 99 Overall - Traded to the Patriots for Maroney, sent to Seahawks for Deion Branch.
Round 5, No. 4, No. 135 Overall - Traded pick to Buccaneers in 2010, sent to Kansas City.
Round 6, No. 3, No. 168 Overall - Sent to Cleveland as part of the Peyton Hillis-Brady Quinn trade in 2010.
Round 7, No. 2, No. 205 Overall - Traded in Smith-Gronkowski deal.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Complete 3rd Round Selections

The second day of the 2011 NFL Draft concluded with the third round. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett saw his slide end when the Patriots took him at No. 74. He'll get to develop behind Tom Brady for a few seasons, similar to the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers situation several years ago. The Panthers had the last selection of the round as compensation for losing Julius Peppers the previous year.

Here is the complete third round:

Pick Team Player Pos College
65 Panthers Terrell McClain DL South Florida
66 Bengals Dontay Moch DL Nevada
67 Broncos Nate Irving LB N.C. State
68 Bills Kelvin Sheppard LB LSU
69 Cardinals Robert Housler TE Florida Atlantic
70 Chiefs Justin Houston LB Georgia
71 Cowboys DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
72 Saints Martez Wilson OLB Illinois
73 Patriots Stevan Ridley RB LSU
74 Patriots Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
75 Seahawks John Moffitt G Wisconsin
76 49ers William Rackley OL Lehigh
77 Titans Jurrell Casey DL USC
78 Rams Austin Pettis WR Boise St.
79 Redskins Leonard Hankerson WR Miami
80 49ers Chris Culliver DB South Carolina
81 Raiders DeMarcus Van Dyke DB Miami
82 Chargers Vincent Brown WR San Diego St.
83 Giants Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
84 Buccaneers Mason Foster LB Washington
85 Ravens Jah Reid OT Central Florida
86 Chiefs Allen Bailey DL Miami
87 Colts Drake Nevis DL LSU
88 Saints Johnny Patrick DB Louisville
89 Chargers Shareece Wright DB USC
90 Eagles Curtis Marsh DB Utah St.
91 Falcons Akeem Dent LB Georgia
92 Raiders Joseph Barksdale OL LSU
93 Bears Chris Conte DB California
94 Jets Kenrick Ellis DL Hampton
95 Steelers Curtis Brown DB Texas
96 Packers Alex Green RB Hawaii
97 Panthers Sione Fua DL Stanford
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2011 NFL Draft Results: Complete 2nd Round Choices

The second round of the 2011 NFL Draft featured a new hook this year as a former player for each team read the pick aloud on stage. For the Denver Broncos it was Shannon Sharpe (and a fan who did the second pick of the round). Marshall Faulk, Barry Sanders and Franco Harris were among the other participants.

The Buccaneers may have gotten the steal of the round at No. 51 if Da'Quan Bowers proves to be healthy. He was top-10 pick at one point.

Here is the complete second round selections:

Pick Team Player Pos College
33 Patriots Ras-I Dowling DB Virginia
34 Bills Aaron Williams DB Texas
35 Bengals Andy Dalton QB TCU
36 49ers Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
37 Browns Jabaal Sheard DL Pittsburgh
38 Cardinals Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech
39 Titans Akeem Ayers LB UCLA
40 Cowboys Bruce Carter LB North Carolina
41 Redskins Jarvis Jenkins DL Clemson
42 Texans Brooks Reid DL Arizona
43 Vikings Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame
44 Lions Titus Young WR Boise St.
45 Broncos Rahim Moore FS UCLA
46 Broncos Orlando Franklin OL Miami
47 Rams Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
48 Raiders Stefen Wisniewski OL Penn St.
49 Colts Ben Ijalana OL Villanova
50 Chargers Marcus Gilchrist DB Clemson
51 Buccaneers Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson
52 Giants Marvin Austin DL North Carolina
53 Bears Stephen Paea DT Oregon St.
54 Eagles Jaiquawn Jarrett DB Temple
55 Chiefs Rodney Hudson OL Florida St.
56 Patriots Shane Vereen RB California
57 Lions Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois
58 Ravens Torrey Smith WR Maryland
59 Browns Greg Little WR North Carolina
60 Texans Brandon Harris DB Miami
61 Chargers Jonas Mouton LB Michigan
62 Dolphins Daniel Thomas RB Kansas St.
63 Steelers Marcus Gilbert OL Florida
64 Packers Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
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2011 NFL Draft Results: Nate Irving Selected By Denver Broncos With 67th Pick

With the third pick of the third round (67th overall), the Denver Broncos selected N.C. State Wolfpack ILB Nate Irving. He had 213 tackles, 40 tackles for a loss and nine sacks in his career with the Wolfpack. He suffered a broken leg and a punctured lung in a 2009 car crash, but came back to perform at a top ACC level.

So, on the second day of the NFL Draft, John Fox and Co. stuck with their best player available philosophy and didn't make adjustments so a defensive tackle could be taken in either the second or third rounds.

This will be the Broncos' final pick on Friday night, barring any trades. The Broncos will have picks in Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Orlando Franklin Selected By Denver Broncos With 46th Pick

With the 14th pick of the second round (46th overall), the Denver Broncos selected Orlando Franklin, a tackle from the Miami Hurricanes. Franklin could play right tackle, likely signaling the end of Ryan Harris' time with the team (Harris is a restricted free agent). But he played guard for the Hurricanes as well.

Interestingly, the Broncos have yet to draft any help on the defensive line, a glaring need. They passed over players such as Stephen Paea, Da'Quan Bowers and Marvin Austin.

While Shannon Sharpe did come out for the second pick, a contest winner announced the selection instead. He was wearing a Terrell Davis jersey.

The Broncos have one more selection on Friday, the third pick of the third round (67th overall).

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2011 NFL Draft Results: S Rahim Moore Selected By Denver Broncos With 45th Pick

With the 13th pick of the second round (45th overall), the Denver Broncos selected UCLA FS Rahim Moore. He is the first safety taken in the 2011 NFL Draft. A six-foot-tall, 202-pound safety, Moore will be able to learn from Brian Dawkins in the secondary. He had 14-career interceptions for the Bruins, but could bulk up to become a more physical quarterback.

Shannon Sharpe announced this selection, and Moore was in attendance in the green room. He broke into tears as he walked to the stage.

Denver addressed a major need on their defense. Where will they go with the 46th pick?

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Denver Broncos Trade With San Francisco 49ers

The Denver Broncos traded the No. 36 overall pick in the 2011 Draft to the San Francisco 49ers for the 45th, 108th and 141st picks. That's a nine spot jump by the 49ers to select Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Just one pick earlier, the Cincinnati Bengals selected quarterback Andy Dalton of TCU. Dalton was considered the more likely of the two to to go in the first round.

As a result of the trade, the Broncos now pick back-to-back in the second round with picks No. 45 and No. 46. They now also have a pick in the fourth round and in the fifth, having previously traded them away.

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Round 2 NFL Mock Draft 2011: Mel Kiper, Todd McShay Agree: Broncos Go With Defense, Differ On Players

The second day of the 2011 NFL Draft gets underway in less than five hours, so there's still plenty of time for the draft experts to predict the second round. ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have both put out their second round mock drafts and defense continues to be the calling for the Denver Broncos.

In Kiper's mock (Insider required), he has the Broncos selecting Texas CB Aaron Williams at No. 36, a player who had been projected in some places as a late first-round pick. As Kiper points out, the Broncos could use help in an aging secondary, even with Champ Bailey still around. Then with the 46th overall pick Iowa DT Christian Ballard joins the Broncos. He calls it "a bit of a reach." 

In McShay's mock (Insider required), Oregon State DT Stephen Paea comes off the board at No. 36 and Washington LB Mason Foster goes at No. 46. Both fill needs, as the defensive line, especially the tackle position, needs a big body there and the linebacking corps is changing to over to a 4-3 front.

Neither mock draft, though, has the Broncos selecting Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, who fell out of the first round. Bowers goes at No. 43 to the Vikings in Kiper's mock and McShay has Bowers drop to just No. 37, once pick after the Broncos.

Depending on how high the Broncos have ranked Bowers, one could hope that he will be the best player available on the Broncos' board when either pick comes.

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Broncos Draft Picks 2011 Rounds 2-7

The Denver Broncos used their first round pick (No. 2 overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft on Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. Who will they look at on Friday when Rounds 2-3 take place?

Picks Broncos Possess
Round 2, No. 4, No. 36 Overall
Round 2, No. 14, No. 46 Overall - Acquired from the Miami Dolphins in 2010 as part of Brandon Marshall trade.
Round 3, No. 3, No. 67 Overall
Round 6, No. 21, No. 186 Overall - Acquired from Detroit Lions in Alphonso Smith-Dan Gronkowski trade. Originally an Eagles pick.
Round 6, No. 24, No. 189 Overall - Acquired as part of Laurence Maroney trade.
Round 7, No. 46, No. 247 Overall - Granted by NFL as a compensatory pick.

Picks Broncos Traded Away
Round 4, No. 2, No. 99 Overall - Traded to the Patriots for Maroney, sent to Seahawks for Deion Branch.
Round 5, No. 4, No. 135 Overall - Traded pick to Buccaneers in 2010, sent to Kansas City.
Round 6, No. 3, No. 168 Overall - Sent to Cleveland as part of the Peyton Hillis-Brady Quinn trade in 2010.
Round 7, No. 2, No. 205 Overall - Traded in Smith-Gronkowski deal.

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Second Round NFL Mock Draft: Do The Broncos Go For Defensive Tackles?

Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft now shifts to the second and third rounds on Friday evening. SB Nation's Brian Galliford has returned with a second round NFL mock draft to start off our mornings. Clemson end Da'Quan Bowers fell out of the first round and could be available for the Denver Broncos to select with the fourth pick of the second round (36th overall). Who does Galliford project there?

The selection turns out to be Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea, who fills a need for the Broncos. Considering the Broncos had Marcell Dareus as a possible No. 2 overall pick (he went No. 3 to the Bills), it makes sense for the Broncos to select a defensive tackle in the second round--it's a strength of this draft.

And Da'Quan Bowers then goes one pick later to the Cleveland Browns. If Bowers is the best player available on the Broncos' board when they select, I don't see how they pass on Bowers. And as Galliford projects, the Broncos select a second defensive tackle with the 14th pick of the second round: Jarvis Jenkins.

What happens when the draft starts again at 4:00 p.m. on Friday? Don't discount the Broncos trading one of those second round picks.

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2011 NFL Draft: Da'Quan Bowers Falls, Should Broncos Select Him On Day 2?

When Day 2 of the NFL Draft begins on Friday evening, the Denver Broncos will have two picks (4, 14) in the second round. With pass-rusher Von Miller in the fold now, will the Broncos look for more help on the defensive side of the ball? The defensive line could use another addition or two during this draft.

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, at one point a possible top 10 selection, dropped completely out of the first round and is waiting to be picked. Maybe questions over his knee, which he had surgery on, are more troubling than let on in public knowledge. The Broncos have been burned in the past with drafting players who had previous knee injuries, such as Paul Toviessi. Toviessi had reinjured his knee shortly after he signed in 2001 and became one of the top draft busts in the team's history.

Other positions the Broncos could look at include defensive tackle (Oregon State's Stephen Paea is still available), linebacker (UCLA's Akeem Ayers for the return to a 4-3 front), running back (Illinois' Mikel Leshoure to pair with Knowshon Moreno), tight end (Notre Dame's Kyle Rudolph) and even the secondary could use an upgrade (safety).

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2011 NFL Draft: 1st Round Winners, Losers & Surprises

With the first round of the NFL Draft in the books, who are the winners and the losers? And what surprises were made?

Winners
Cam Newton
- From BCS National Championship to No. 1 overall pick, Newton will cash in once he signs (and probably earlier with endorsements)
Jake Locker, Christian Ponder - Both quarterbacks were expected to go later on in the first round, but Locker went before Blaine Gabbert and Ponder meets a perfect situation in Minnesota.
Detroit Lions - Nick Fairley fell right into their laps and now they can team him with Ndamukong Suh in the middle of the defensive line, putting fear into NFC North quarterbacks.
New York Giants - They drafted Prince Amukamara, a player who could have gone in the top 10.
New Orleans Saints - They draft Cameron Jordan and then are able to re-enter the first round to take RB Mark Ingram.

Losers
Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett - Late buzz had both players going in the first round, but they're both available on Day 2.
Da'Quan Bowers - Did concern over his knee injury send him out of the first round?

Surprises
James Carpenter - Who? That's what many Seattle Seahawks fans thought when their team took him with the 25th pick. He had been thought of as a second- or third-round pick by some draft experts.

Here is the complete list of picks to make your own determinations:


Team Pick
1 Carolina Panthers Cam Newton, Auburn QB
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller, Texas A&M OLB
3 Buffalo Bills Marcell Dareus, Alabama DT
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green, Georgia WR
5 Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson, LSU CB
6 Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones, Alabama WR
7 San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith, Missouri DE
8 Tennessee Titans Jake Locker, Washington QB
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith, USC OT
10 Jacksonville Jaguars Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB
11 Houston Texans J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DE
12 Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder, FSU QB
13 Detroit Lions Nick Fairley, Auburn DT
14 St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn, UNC DE
15 Miami Dolphins Mike Pouncey, Florida OL
16 Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue DE
17 New England Patriots Nate Solder, Colorado OL
18 San Diego Chargers Corey Liuget, Illinois DT
19 New York Giants Prince Amukamara, Nebraska CB
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE
21 Cleveland Browns Phil Taylor, Baylor DT
22 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OT
23 Philadelphia Eagles Danny Watkins, Baylor OL
24 New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan, Cal DE
25 Seattle Seahawks James Carpenter, Alabama OL
26 Kansas City Chiefs Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt WR
27 Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith, Colorado CB
28 New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram, Alabama RB
29 Chicago Bears Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin OT
30 New York Jets Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple DT
31 Pittsburgh Steelers Cam Heyward, Ohio State DL
32 Green Bay Packers Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State OT

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Jimmy Smith Selected By Baltimore Ravens After Some Draft Drama

The Baltimore Ravens selected Jimmy Smith with the 27th overall pick--but it was not without some draft drama. The Ravens originally held the 26th overall pick and when the clock wound down to zero no pick was in. The Kansas City Chiefs then turned in their card to select Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin at No. 26. The Ravens then took Smith with the next pick at No. 27.

As it turned out, the Ravens thought they had a trade worked out with the Chicago Bears, only to never consummate it. As a result, the Ravens were left scrambling but able to secure their pick before the New England Patriots could do anything (they wound up trading the pick to the New Orleans Saints).

There was some debate surrounding Smith during the draft process. Teams questioned his character after they learned he had two incidences that involved underage drinking as well as of marijuana use. But then talent evaluators started to claim that Smith could potentially be the top cornerback in the draft, a shutdown one possibly, over Patrick Peterson (who went No. 5 overall to the Arizona Cardinals) and Prince Amukamara (who No. 19 overall to the New York Giants).

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Nate Solder Drafted By New England Patriots, Will Protect Tom Brady

Nate Solder is now a member of the New England Patriots after being selected with the 17th overall pick.. Solder had usually been rated the third-best tackle in this draft behind USC's Tyron Smith (No. 9 to the Dallas Cowboys) and Boston College's Anthony Castonzo, who has yet to be drafted.

Solder will be able to protect Tom Brady soon enough (relatively), but he will need some time to develop. He was a converted tight end and will need to improve his run blocking. But Bill Belichick is a master drafter and knows what he is doing with Solder. He could eventually be the best of all the tackles taken in the first round.

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Von Miller Drafted By The Denver Broncos: Pass-Rusher Brings Plenty Of Talent

The Denver Broncos drafted Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick. While the Broncos had also looked at Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Von Miller appears to have been the choice because of his pass-rushing abilities, perhaps the best available in the draft.

Miller is 6-foot-3, 246 pounds and won the Butkus Award in 2010 for the top linebacker in college football. He led the nation in 2009 with 17 sacks and followed up in 2010 with 10.5. So Miller is a dynamic sack artist who is able to run a 4.53 40-yard dash. As a junior, he played a hybrid position, switching between defensive end and linebacker. He was a 3-4 linebacker in 2010.

He doesn't easily fit either position in the NFL, though John Fox has mentioned in the past that his defense, while a base 4-3, will use some 3-4 looks.

The Broncos do not have any more selections in the first round (barring an unforeseen trade) and will have the fourth pick in the second round on Thursday, as well as the 14th. They will select third in the third round.

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2011 NFL Draft: Von Miller Likely To Be Broncos Selection At No. 2, If Reports Hold True

Less than five hours away from the 2011 NFL Draft, it may be a fair bet to say the Denver Broncos will draft Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller with the No. 2 overall draft pick. Our 2011 NFL Mock Draft stream has been following all the last minute projections, and we've seen Mel Kiper, Mike Mayock, Rick Gosselin and Todd McShay all jump onto the Miller-to-the-Broncos bandwagon.

Now CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes: "[T]he Broncos seem to be infatuated with Miller" and will take him No. 2 overall. The Denver Post's Mike Klis also reports that the likelihood of Miller displaying a Broncos jersey on Thursday night is a good one.

If Miller is indeed the pick, the Broncos would be able to create defensive schemes that utilize his pass-rushing abilities and those of Elvis Dumvervil, causing havoc for the opposing teams. The Broncos were last in the NFL with 23 sacks in 2010 and could use help in that area. While Marcell Dareus or Nick Fairley could help in that category, Miller's explosiveness appears to be too good to pass up.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 6 p.m. (MT) on Thursday, April 28 and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it all out at our 2011 NFL Draft Hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. Visit Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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2011 NFL Draft Goes Live At 6 P.M. On Thursday

Denver Broncos fans won't need to wait too long for their team to make its selection--at least that's one positive of having a high draft pick. That will be the Broncos' only draft pick on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, but for those who are fans of the Colorado Buffaloes it will be worthwhile to stick around to see where tackle Nate Solder and cornerback Jimmy Smith go. If you've been following along to this 2011 NFL Mock Draft stream, Solder is expected to go in the 20-30 range, as is Smith (though a selection in the teens is possible).

Here is the breakdown of Day 1's schedule:

What's happening? When the NFL decided to go to prime time for its draft, it was broken into a three-day affair. Round 1 commences at 6:00 p.m. MT on Thursday. Rounds 2-3 continue on Friday and Rounds 4-7 conclude on Saturday.

Where can I find it on my TV? ESPN, as always, will have wall-to-wall coverage, as will the NFL Network.

How long do teams have to select? On Thursday, teams will have 10 minutes to make a selection. The Broncos should be on the clock by 6:15 p.m. and be done by 6:25 p.m. While the long waiting period is used for TV coverage to gets all of its talking heads to chime in, the Broncos will likely wait until the last second to make a pick so they can take in all the trade offers they are likely to receive.

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