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Mel Kiper Jr. predicts Broncos will break defensive streak in three-round mock

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos, if they don’t wheel and deal during the draft’s first two days, have four picks in the top 100.

And ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the Broncos checking items off the list in his latest three-round mock draftInsider.

Kiper has the Broncos selecting Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair with the 31st pick of the draft. He then follows with Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings with the team’s second-round pick (63rd overall). Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright and Maryland safety Sean Davis are the 94th and 98th picks, respectively.

If Whitehair, who started at left tackle, right tackle and left guard for the Wildcats, was indeed the Broncos’ first-round selection, it would break the streak of five consecutive drafts when the team’s initial pick has been a defensive player.

Billings was a record-setting power-lifter as a prep athlete in Texas and is one of the most disruptive interior defensive lineman on this year’s draft board. Davis (201 pounds) is an intriguing player who has been clocked at 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

In the first of Kiper’s previous mock drafts he had the Broncos using the team’s first-round pick on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. He had Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker as the team’s first-round pick in his second mock draft and Indiana tackle Jason Spriggs in the third mock draft. In Kiper’s fourth mock draft, earlier this month, he had Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson as Denver's pick.