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2011 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Select Linebacker Nate Irving

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The Denver Broncos made their third pick of Day 2 in the 2011 NFL Draft and once again addressed the defensive side of the football by taking Nate Irving, a linebacker from North Carolina State. Irving made it back from a serious car accident to work himself back into the NFL Draft.

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 have yet to address the defensive tackle position, something that is beginning to get a bit worrisome. What the Broncos have done, however, is address the defense - specifically the front seven - by taking Von Miller and Nate Irving. Add safety Rahim Moore to the equation and a complete defensive rebuild is underway in Denver.