Nate Irving has battle the odds to become a professional. (ESPN)

Broncos Pick Nate Irving In Third Round

 The Denver Broncos just picked up some more help on defense when they selected inside linebacker Nate Irving with the 67th pick overall in the NFL draft.

Irving comes out of NC State where he was the team captain and the ultimate inspiration after surviving a deadly car crash in 2009. He was forced to miss that season, but he still tallied 211 total tackles during his career. In 2010, he had 7 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.

The 6-foot-1, 230 lb. Irving is small for his position, but he’s a physical player that has a tremendous amount of speed and quickness.

Irving never really exploded onto the scene in college because of his terrible car accident which left him with a collapsed lung, a separated shoulder, cracked ribs, and a compound fracture in his leg. It is reported that he fell asleep at the wheel.

Irving’s selection wraps up the second day of the draft.

The Broncos have five picks left – one 4th rounder, one 5th rounder, two 6th rounders, and one 7th rounder.

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