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Broncos take defensive tackle Adam Gotsis, safety Justin Simmons on Day 2 of draft

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Adam Gotsis of Georgia Tech

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos took a defensive lineman from Georgia Tech in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night. Adam Gotsis came to the Broncos at pick No. 63.

He suffered a season-ending knee injury on Halloween, but Broncos Executive Vice President and General Manager John Elway said his progress is good and he should be ready for training camp.

Gotsis comes from Abbotsford, Australia, a little more than 8,000 miles from Denver.  He played Australian Rules Football back home.

Some observers compared him to Malik Jackson, who the Broncos lost during free agency. Gotsis is joining the NFL’s No. 1 defensive unit from 2015.

“One thing I pride myself on is playing defense,” Gotsis said. “To become part of the best defense in the last 30 years or so, it’s an awesome feeling. Coming up there is going to be fun. That [will be] with true professionals and guys that leave it all out there. I watched the Super Bowl and I watched the way they play with pride and passion. They play for each other, and I think that’s the most important thing at the end of the day. They won that Super Bowl as unit. The whole defensive unit won that Super Bowl. It’s just awesome to be a part of that.”

The Broncos had the last pick in the third round Friday night and took safety Justin Simmons from Boston College.