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Broncos Go Defensive Again In Round Three

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ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28:  Jock Sanders #9 of the West Virginia Mountineers misses a catch defended by Nate Irving #56 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the Champs Sports Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 28: Jock Sanders #9 of the West Virginia Mountineers misses a catch defended by Nate Irving #56 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the Champs Sports Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos keep bolstering their beleaguered defense, taking versatile linebacker Nate Irving of North Carolina State in the third round of the draft Friday night.

The Broncos selected UCLA safety Rahim Moore in the second round and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller with the second overall pick as the team attempts to overhaul the league’s worst defense.

The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Irving had seven sacks and 21 1/2 tackles for a loss as a senior. He missed the 2009 season after sustaining injuries in a car accident.

Denver also used a second-round pick on offensive lineman Orlando Franklin of Miami.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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