Denver Broncos Draft Punter Riley Dixon In Seventh Round

The Broncos wrapped uip their 2016 NFL draft by selecting a punter to compete with Britton Colquitt.

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Denver, CO- Britton Colquitt's days in Denver may be numbered. 

The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos wrapped up their 2016 NFL draft by selecting Syracuse punter Riley Dixon with their seventh round selection, the 288th overall pick. 

"Wrapped up our draft by taking punter Riley Dixon from Syracuse in the seventh round," Broncos general manager John Elway tweeted after the draft. "He's a talented punter who had a lot of success in college." 

Dixon comes into Denver with an opportunity few seventh round drafts have. He'll get the chance to come into training camp and compete for the a starting job.

Current Broncos starter Britton Colquitt is set to be the highest paid punter in football this season. However, he struggled at times to play up to the salary he was paid last season.

The Broncos, who will once again be up against the salary cap after signing their draft picks, could save $3.5 million next season if they were to release him in favor of Dixon.

During his last two seasons in college, Dixon forced an impressive 41.6% of his punts to become fair catches in his last two seasons at Syracuse. However, scouts have some concerns about the strength of his leg and his ability to drive the ball downfield. 

Time will decide whether or not Dixon is able to win the starting job when the Broncos open up training camp in July. However, it's clear the cash-strapped Broncos are searching for affordable options this season.

Jake Marsing is the Broncos Beat Writer for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @JakeDMarsing

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