ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released his latest NFL mock draft on Wednesday and the draft analyst has the Broncos beefing up their defense in the first round.
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Kiper has Denver selecting Notre Dame edge rusher Isaiah Foskey with the No. 29 overall pick the draft.
“Denver traded away prime picks to get quarterback Russell Wilson last offseason, and it got back this one after dealing Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins before the deadline at midseason. Suddenly, when you look at this depth chart, there’s no Chubb or Von Miller exploding off the edge, even though defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero did a great job with what he had this season,” Kiper writes. “Because it’s a little too late in Round 1 to find a surefire offensive line starter, I like what Foskey would bring to the Broncos. He had 22 sacks and five forced fumbles over the past two seasons, and at 265 pounds, he could play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme at the next level.”
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Foskey declared for the draft in December and will forgo his senior season with the Fighting Irish. He is listed as the No. 5 defensive end available on Kiper’s big board.
The NFL draft takes place April 27-29 in Kansas City, Mo.
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