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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos went into the third day of the draft in search of help on offense and all four picks Saturday were on that side of the ball. They also too two big gambles in those four picks -- that Michigan tight end Jake Butt's knee will heal and that Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly can both get healthy and leave his past off-the-field troubles behind.

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Elway vetted Mr. Irrelevant Kelly with Jim's help

Before using the draft's final pick on Ole Miss' Chad Kelly, Broncos GM John Elway said he reached out to the oft-troubled QB's uncle, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, who called him "a good kid."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos did indeed take a quarterback with the 253rd, and final, pick of the draft -- Mississippi's Chad Kelly. He's a player with plenty of potential as a passer to go with some injury and off the field questions.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 49ers total haul from the 2017 NFL draft: 1A. Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford; 1B. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama; 3A. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado; 3B. C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa; 4. Joe Williams, RB, Utah; 5A. George Kittle, TE, Iowa; 5B. Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech; 6A. D.J. Jones, DT, Mississippi; 6B. Pita Taumoepenu, DE, Utah; 7. Adrian Colbert, DB, Miami. The Niners also traded for Denver Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets closed out the draft by taking Ole Miss CB Derrick Jones in the sixth round (204). He has great size (6-foot-2), but he's a converted wide receiver – only one year of cornerback experience (three starts).

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

With pick No. 198, the 49ers selected Ole Miss defensive tackle D.J. Jones. Jones had six sacks in the past two seasons for the Rebels. He adds more depth, presumably as a nose tackle behind Earl Mitchell. He'll have a chance to compete with Mike Purcell for a spot on the roster.

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The SEC had 12 players taken in the first round Thursday night -- including nine from the West division alone -- tied for the most by any conference in the common draft era. The SEC has produced the most first-round picks in six of the past seven drafts.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a quick way the Giants can utilize rookie tight end Evan Engram in the passing game. This is the "Levels" concept with Brandon Marshall aligned outside (Z) and Engram (Y) flexed in the slot. Engram has the ability to create leverage vs. a safety in coverage and separate at the top of the route on an inside breaking cut. A high-percentage, two-level read for QB Eli Manning to move the sticks in third down situations.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

The SEC had 12 players drafted in this year's NFL Draft. That ties the record by a conference (ACC - 2006, SEC - 2013). Alabama led the conference with four picks, while LSU was second with three. The SEC has now hit double-digit draft numbers in the first round six times since 2005

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the Giants' biggest problems last year was a lack of reliable options beyond Odell Beckham in the passing game. Evan Engram is a dynamic addition to go with Brandon Marshall and a second-year Sterling Shepard. Won't help the run game or the pass protection, but if the line holds up, Eli Manning will have a lot of fun target options.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss TE Evan Engram goes 23rd to the New York Giants. He's another TE who can over the middle and stretch the field with his speed. Last year alone he caught 65 passes for 926 yards and 8 TDs. He averaged 14.3 YPC during his four years at Ole Miss

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Evan Engram gives the Giants an underneath matchup player with the speed to get up the seam. Similar to the skill set of Jordan Reed, Engram has the route running talent and formation flexibility to align in multiple spots. He can be a weapon for Eli Manning.

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QB Kelly has wrist surgery just prior to draft

Former Ole Miss QB and NFL draft hopeful Chad Kelly, who was already recovering from an ACL injury, has had surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his wrist.

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Rebels bond over difficult offseason training (2:25)
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