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Updated: April 23rd, 2010 9:24pm
Denver drafts Eric Decker

Denver drafts Eric Decker

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Eric Decker is headed to Denver.

The Broncos drafted the University of Minnesota's two-sport standout with their third-round pick (87th overall) tonight, adding another member to a receiver corps that grew Thursday with first-round pick Demaryius Thomas.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity the Broncos are giving me," Decker said in a statement issued by the university. "I can't wait to get to Denver, start learning the playbook and get to work. The Broncos are a great organization and I'm really pround to be a part of it."

Decker's destination is slightly curious because Thomas, from Georgia Tech, and Decker both are big (6-foot-3) receivers. But Denver had a need at the position after dealing Brandon Marshall to Miami and the Broncos' priority has been obvious in this draft -- all five of their draft picks so far are on offense.

A Rocori graduate who twice was selected in Major League Baseball's entry draft, Decker is the Golden Gophers' career leader in receptions (227), receiving yards (3,119) and 100-yard receiving games. He's the first Minnesota receiver drafted since Ron Johnson in 2002.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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