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NFL draft: Broncos take OT Garett Bolles from Utah with 20th pick

Utah's Garett Bolles, left, kisses his son, Kingston, alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Denver Broncos during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ā€” The Denver Broncos have selected Utah tackle Garett Bolles with the 20th pick in the NFL draft.

Bolles' selection fills a dire need at left tackle for the Broncos as they seek to bounce back from the first playoff-less season in GM John Elway's six-year tenure.

Bolles overcame a wayward time as a teenager to salvage his football future. The 24-year-old served his Mormon mission in Denver, so he was thrilled when Elway called him.

He declared, "Denver, I'm coming home!" as he held his newborn son in his arms at the draft.

The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Bolles was the first offensive linemen selected. His footwork, athleticism and playing style were impressive even though he played just one season of major college football.

The Cleveland Browns started Thursday night's first round selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. Despite a defensive-heavy draft class, three teams traded up to grab quarterbacks, the Bears, Chiefs and Texans.

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