Broncos pick WR Thomas with 22nd pick |

Broncos pick WR Thomas with 22nd pick

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2008, file photo, Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas makes a reception against Duke during an NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Thomas is one of 16 college players invited to New York to attend the NFL draft; Thomas says he's surprised to be among the 16. After all, Thomas is a receiver coming out of Georgia Tech's run-oriented spread option offense who broke his foot a week before the NFL combine. That's not the most logical route to being considered one of the top receivers in the draft. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos selected wide receiver DeMaryius Thomas of Georgia Tech with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft.

The Broncos needed a big wide receiver after trading two-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins last week, and at 6-foot-3 and 224 pounds, Thomas certainly fits the bill.

Coach Josh McDaniels made three trades before selecting Thomas over Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant, considered by many the most dynamic receiver in the draft.

Thomas broke a foot a week before the NFL combine and his background is in the run-first option offense. But with sub-4.4 times in the 40 before his injury, Thomas had too much size and speed for the Broncos to ignore.

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