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Denver Picks Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto in Second Round of NFL Draft

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Oklahoma Edge Rusher Nik Bonitto has been selected with the 64th overall pick in the second round by the Denver Broncos.

Bonitto is one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft class, especially after he ran a 4.54 40-yard-dash at last month’s NFL Combine at 6-3, 248-pounds.

His combination of size and speed has earned him the “unicorn” moniker among NFL GMs and clearly Denver was prepared to pull the trigger when their second-round pick was up.


In 36 games over four years, Bonitto recorded 118 tackles, 33.0 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, seven passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble.

The Denver Broncos have been busy this offseason, with their biggest moving being the trade that brought Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to the Mile High City.

Bonitto was the first player the Broncos took in the Draft. They did not have a first-round pick.

Bonitto was the fourth Big 12 player take in the second round. Iowa State running back Breece Hall went No. 36 overall to the New York Jets, while Baylor safety Jalen Pitre went No. 37 overall to the Houston Texans. Baylor wide receiver Tyquan Thornton was taken No. 50 overall by the New England Patriots.

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