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Horse Tracks: McShay picks DE Kony Ealy to Broncos in latest mock draft

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Joe Robbins


In his latest mock (Insiders), EPSN's Todd McShay has the Broncos select Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy.

31. Denver Broncos: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

I considered taking Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III here, as Terrance Knighton's contract is up after this season and Nix is the highest-ranked player left on my board. But the Broncos' title window will remain open for only so long, meaning I need to choose a player who will have an impact during the 2014 season. Depth at the defensive end position is a concern, given the health issues that limited DeMarcus Ware and Derek Wolfe last season, which is why I'm going with Ealy, who would bring pass-rushing ability and versatility to the Broncos' defense.

Worldwide Leader colleague Jeff Legwold chimed in on the pack, suggesting that it was a combination of Best Player Available while filling a team need. I don't see either of that; rather, I see this pick being a safe bet. A team always needs more defensive linemen.

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