Broncos Sign Rookie Nate Irving and Orlando Franklin

The Denver Broncos have signed rookies Nate Irving and Orlando Franklin

Irving is a linebacker out of North Carolina State. Irving was selected in the third round, 67th overall. Financial details of the contract were not released.

Irving once felt lucky to be alive after a car accident in 2009.  Irving suffered a collapsed lung, broken rib, separated shoulder and a compound fracture in his leg, but battled back to have a solid senior season for the Wolfpack.  Irving played all 13 games in 2010, compiling 92 tackles and 7 sacks, while totaling 21.5 tackles for loss.

The Broncos drafted Orlando Franklin in the second round 46th overall, out of Miami. Franklin adds some depth to the Broncos O-line and has a chance to start at right tackle depending on what happens with Ryan Harris. Financial Terms were not released

 

Franklin was called "one of the most physical, nasty linemen in this year's draft" from NFL Networks Mike Mayock. He is perfect for the system that John Fox runs. He measures in at 6-4, 325 pounds, Franklin is a mauler who plays with a nasty streak.  With a 36" reach, Franklin has excellent arms to play either inside or outside for the Broncos.

 

Franklin started 51 games while at the University of Miami where he played left guard and left tackle.  While Franklin does have NFL intangibles, he will have to work on his footwork and technique.  Those things can be coached. The Broncos over the past few years have been going to a heaver offensive line transitioning from the Shanahan line.

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