McNeal, 6-4, 248 pounds, was selected by the Broncos' with their third fourth-round pick (128th overall), and joins his former Clemson teammate, Eason. A two-year starter for the Tigers, McNeal recorded 156 tackles (89 solo), 21 sacks (-147 yards), 46 quarterback pressures, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 48 career games (25 starts). Born Bryant Ashley McNeal on July 13, 1979, he resides in Swansea, S.C.
Claxton, 6-2, 301 pounds, was selected with Denver's first of two fifth-round draft choices (157th overall), but was the second fifth rounder to sign with the team (Adrian Madise on 6/17). A mainstay on what was regarded as one of the nation's best offensive lines at Mississippi, Claxton anchored a front wall that allowed the fewest quarterback sacks of any team in the Southeastern Conference over the last four years (50 total, Georgia is second with 84). He played in 44 career games for the Rebels, while making 37 starts. Ben Zachariah Claxton was born July 30, 1980.
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