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McShay Mock 3.0 reax: Broncos

3/6/2014

When ESPN’s Todd McShay worked his way through his third mock draft in recent weeks, he kept the Denver Broncos’ attention on the defensive side of the ball.

McShay has the Broncos, at No. 31, selecting Misouri defensive Kony Ealy, a pass-rusher who carries a first-round grade through the pre-draft season. McShay had the Broncos selecting TCU cornerback Jason Verrett in his second mock draft.

Here's Todd's latest first roundInsider:

Ealy measured in at 6-foot-4 and weighed 274 pounds at the league’s scouting combine last month. He also, with a 34 ½-inch arm, had one of the biggest armspans among the pass-rushers invited to Indy, something Broncos head coach John Fox has consistently said is an important piece of the pass-rush puzzle given the size of offensive tackles in the NFL.

Ealy’s 40-yard dash of 4.92 seconds wasn’t one of the best, but he consistently shows up on game video as quick off the ball and finished with eight sacks this past season in the speed-first Southeastern Conference.

The Broncos certainly have openings with Shaun Phillips, Robert Ayers and Jeremy Mincey all free agents who are expected to test the open market.