Broncos sign Clint Mitchell and Antwon McCray

The Denver Broncos Monday signed defensive end Clint Mitchell -- the first of two seventh-round choices (227th overall) by the club in this past April's NFL Draft -- and running back Antwon McCray. Mitchell is the second of this year's 10 Broncos' draft choices to sign a contract with the team.

Mitchell, 6-6, 257 pounds, was one of the top defensive linemen in college football as he started 20 of 26 games during his career at Florida, finishing with 118 tackles (76 solo), six sacks for minus 34 yards and 17 stops for losses of 55 yards. He added 38 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two pass deflections and a blocked kick.

He was one of Florida's elite defensive linemen in 1998 at Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) High School, and was named to the National Bluechips All-American team. He was also named to Super Prep's All-American team, and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 25 defensive linemen. Born Clint Edward Mitchell on Sept. 21, 1980 in Austin, Texas, he resides in Clearwater, Texas. His brother, Jeff, was a All-American center on Florida's 1996 national championship team, and was the starting center for the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXIV. He is now with the Carolina Panthers.

McCray, 5-11, 205 pounds, was originally acquired as a free agent by Pittsburgh in 2002, and was waived by the Steelers during training camp. He then posted three different stints on the Steelers' practice squad throughout the season, before being released June 2003.

Playing in all 11 games his senior season (2001) at Toledo as the No. 2 tailback, McCray gained over 500 yards in both his junior and senior seasons, and had his career-high 120 yard vs. Minnesota. In 2000, McCray ran for 567 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Named to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ìFabulous 22î, McCray had 16 touchdowns on 950 yards rushing and 140 yards receiving as a senior at Chartiers Valley High School in Carnegie, Pa. Antwon London McCray was born Sept. 5, 1979.

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