ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have added a defender with their second pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Denver selected linebacker Drew Sanders with the 67th-overall pick.
Sanders was the top-rated linebacker on The Athletic's Dane Brugler's list of top prospects.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect spent his final season at Arkansas and recorded 103 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, six passes defensed and an interception.
"I think I really stepped up my pass rush from those first two seasons at Alabama," Sanders said Friday. "I think my third year, I picked up my pass rush a little bit — and that was really my main part. I wanted to show I could really contribute to a team."
Sanders was a unanimous All-American selection and a first-team All-SEC player. He spent time at both inside and outside linebacker at Arkansas.
"I'm pretty confident in myself to really say I can play anywhere Coach needs me and wants to put me — inside, outside," Sanders said. "I feel like I can be a good contributing factor to the team wherever you want to put me."
The Broncos traded up to select wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. with their first selection.