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Broncos Wrap Up NFL Draft

Denver BroncosApril 27, 2019

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Dekoda Watson is headed back to Denver.

The Broncos traded one of their fifth-round picks (No. 148) to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday for the veteran linebacker and a sixth-round pick (No. 212).

Watson, a 10th-year veteran, played all 16 games for the Broncos in 2016. The former seventh-round pick forced a fumble, recorded a sack and tallied six tackles during his season in Denver. He served as a key member of the Broncos’ special teams unit.

He is expected to provide the same impact on special teams and depth at linebacker.

In his career, Watson has played in 107 career games and recorded four forced fumbles, six sacks, 111 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.

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.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos traded up in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft to select Colorado wide receiver Juwann Winfree.

Denver sent the 212th-overall and 237th-overall picks to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for pick No. 187.

“We’ve selected Colorado WR Juwann Winfree in the sixth round,” Elway tweeted. “He’s a tough, physical player with a lot of top-flight traits with his size, speed and hands. Great to add another player with in-state ties to the Broncos.”

Winfree played in eight games as a senior and recorded 28 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns.

Winfree, who spent his freshman year at Maryland, totaled 60 catches for 807 yards and six touchdowns in his FBS career.

Denver’s six selections are the team’s fewest in any draft since 2014.

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