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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Sporting News Projects DT Fletcher Cox To Broncos

The 2012 NFL season is winding down with just a few games left. Then the 2012 NFL offseason kicks into high gear with free agency in March and plenty of 2012 NFL Draft events throughout the weeks until the end of April. We've already had Mel Kiper's first mock draft come out and predict Mississippi St. Bulldogs defensive tackle Fletcher Cox fall to the Denver Broncos. Well, add Russ Lande of the Sporting News to the group that also sees Fletcher Cox to the Broncos.

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The Broncos do need to look at reinforcing the position since Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas could leave in free agency. Ty Warren is injury-prone and will be on the last year of his two-year deal. As Lande writes:

The Broncos are set with outside pass rushers, but their defensive tackles struggled to pressure the quarterback. Cox is a dynamic, explosive player who can split gaps and get into the backfield to make big plays.

And the Broncos haven't had a defensive tackle like that in what seems like forever. But the team could also look at running back, tight end or safety.

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