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Broncos fill O-line needs, take another receiver on Day Two

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By Dan Parr

The Broncos filled the most glaring hole remaining on their roster Friday and added another wide receiver to the mix after spending a first-round pick on WR Demaryius Thomas on Thursday.

Denver made three picks on Day Two, selecting OL Zane Beadles (45th overall), C J.D. Walton (80th overall) and WR Eric Decker (87th overall).

The Broncos badly needed a center after cutting Casey Wiegmann earlier this offseason and Walton should get a chance to earn the starting job. However, the Broncos were supposedly looking for more size and power in Wiegmann's replacement as they moved away from Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme to a straight-ahead attack. Walton is a player closer to the mold of Wiegmann, though. He lacks bulk and anchor strength and could struggle against some of the large nose tackles Denver will face.

Beadles, who is heavier than Walton, also could receive consideration at center, but he fits more naturally at tackle or guard.

Decker was a nice find late in the third round and has the potential to develop into a quality complementary receiver.


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