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Broncos Sign First Draft Pick, Ink Marcus Thomas

The Broncos announced on Wednesday that they had signed defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, whom they selected in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Thomas (6-foot-3, 296 pounds) played 41 career games (30 starts) at the University of Florida, posting 157 tackles (93 solo), 14 sacks (85 yds.), two pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He registered at least four sacks in each of his final three collegiate seasons, including the 2006 campaign in which he had four sacks in only five games of action.

Thomas received honorable mention All-Southeastern Conference recognition as a junior in 2005 after tying for second on the Gators with four sacks. He also recorded 45 tackles (22 solo) that year along with two blocked kicks that were returned for scores.

During his sophomore season in 2004, Thomas started all 12 games for Florida and registered a career-high 4.5 sacks. He added a personal-best 47 tackles (30 solo) as a true freshman and was named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel's All-Freshman Team.

A SuperPrep All-American as a senior at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla., Thomas posted 30 sacks during his final high school season.

Marcus Thomas was born on Sept. 23, 1985, in Yokosuka, Japan.