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Broncos select LB Justin Hollins in fifth round


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — With the 156th-overall pick, the Broncos selected Oregon linebacker Justin Hollins.

Hollins, who should add depth at the edge-rushing position, recorded 174 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 14 sacks over his final three seasons at Oregon.

"Our fifth-round pick, Justin Hollins from Oregon, is a big and athletic linebacker who can play inside and outside," John Elway tweeted Saturday. "His athleticism also will help us on special teams."

Hollins agreed Saturday with Elway's assessment of his positional versatility.

"I'm going to play anywhere you need me," Hollins said. "I'm one of those guys who's going to play wherever ... whether that's special teams, inside [linebacker], outside [linebacker], it doesnt' matter. I'm here to compete. I'm here to play as hard as I can, and provide the team with some type of impact."

The 6-foot-5, 248-pound player led the Pac-12 with five forced fumbles in 2018. He also ranked fourth in the Pac-12 with seven sacks last season.

Hollins joins defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones as the Broncos' two defensive selections in the 2019 NFL Draft. Denver also traded for linebacker Dekoda Watson from San Francisco on Saturday.

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