Denver Broncos Not Waiting on Nate Irving's Development? Add Four Rookie LBs

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Denver Broncos Not Waiting on Nate Irving's Development? Add Four Rookie LBs
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The Denver Broncos’ third-round draft pick out of North Carolina State, Nate Irving is facing some heavy competition for even a roster spot in 2012 as the Broncos have brought in four young rookies who will also be competing to secure a spot on the roster.

The Broncos only draft pick at linebacker was their sixth-round find in Danny Trevathan, however, Fox, Elway and likely Jack Del Rio found some special talent that went undrafted this year picking up three other talented players at linebacker: Elliot Coffey (Kentucky), Jerry Franklin (Arkansas) and Steven Johnson (Kansas).

Picking Irving in the third round, the Broncos had high expectations for Irving, who has yet to really make an impact during his one season. Another prospect that didn’t really catch on for the Broncos was their sixth-round selection from last year in Mike Mohamed. He saw some play time during the course of year but was unspectacular.

Both of those guys appear on the bubble to make the roster this season as the Broncos have brought in four rookie prospects to compete for a position in 2012 and they look to steal both Mohamed and Irving’s jobs.

Let’s get to know the latest prospects added to the Broncos’ stable of linebackers.

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