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Broncos trade up for Missouri LB Shane Ray in first round of 2015 NFL Draft


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **The Broncos pulled the trigger on a trade with the Detroit Lions to move up to the 23rd overall pick to select Missouri LB Shane Ray on Thursday night.

See photos from new Bronco Shane Ray's football career leading up to being selected 23rd overall.

In return for No. 23 overall, the Broncos sent the Lions the 28th overall pick, a 2015 fifth-round pick, a 2016 fifth-round pick and interior OL Manny Ramirez.

As a reshirt junior, Ray racked up 14.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss and 65 total tackles for the Tigers en route to being named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and earning consensus first-team All-America honors. The 14.5 sacks set a Missouri single-season record and ranked third in the nation.

In 2012 and 2013, Ray collected 45 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss as a rotational player, playing behind future NFL draftees Michael Sam and Kony Ealy.

Ray is the third Missouri Tiger defender taken in the first round in the last five years after Aldon Smith (2011) and Sheldon Richardson (2013).

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