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Broncos sound off on being drafted

By Paul Gerke. CREATED May 10, 2014

Demarcus Lawrence grew up watching the Dallas Cowboys, and with the second pick of the second round, America's team granted Demarcus his childhood dream: the chance to suit up in blue and silver.

"The Cowboys, man. It's a dream team. The only thing I can do is sit back and cry, and thank God for everything that he has done for me," said Lawrence. "It's not just playing just to play, but I'm playing with my heart, because I know I'm in a place I want to be."

"I want to see them win a championship. It's really neat to play with my heart. I love it so much, I'm ready to go," he added.

Former Boise State center Matt Paradis is the ultimate underdog. He played 8-man football in Council, Idaho... Population 839. He walked on at Boise state as a defensive lineman. He walks off as a member of the Denver Broncos.

With the 207th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the AFC champions took Paradis off the board. The selection was the 31st of the sixth round. Paradis started the last 26 games for the Boise State Broncos at center. He was named first team All-Mountain West as a junior and earned a second-team nomination as a senior.

"It was just a crazy experience. I got the phone call and at the time I was kind of thinking, preparing myself for going to be a free agent," explained Paradis. "I got the phone call, and I'm thinking 'Okay, these guys are probably going to recruit me more to be a free agent.' They said 'Hey, we just turned in your draft card!'"

Matt had dinner with family Saturday night, and he leaves for the Mile High City Sunday.

Exactly one round after Paradis was selected, another Bronco lineman heard his name called. Charles Leno was drafted 246th overall by the Chicago Bears. Leno made 39 consecutive starts at tackle for Boise State. He was named second-team all-conference as a junior, first-team as a senior. He is the fourth-straight starting left tackle at Boise State to make the jump to the NFL.

"I didn't even know it was gonna happen. I really didn't," said Leno. "I thought I was going to be a free agent. You know, the Lord works in mysterious ways, and I'm just happy to be a Chicago Bear."

Once the draft ended, three more former Broncos signed with NFL teams. Wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons, fellow receiver Aaron Burks inked a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and nose tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe joined the San Diego Chargers.

Quarterback Joe Southwick has not signed with a team, but he has been invited to a rookie mini-camp with the Oakland Raiders next weekend.