ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos have signed defensive tackle Monsanto Pope and tight end Jeb Putzier, both of whom were drafted by the club in April. The Broncos have now signed three of their eight 2002 draft choices, with safety Chris Young, a seventh-round choice, having signed June 11.
Pope, 24, was chosen in the seventh round (231st overall) out of Virginia. A 6-4, 300-pounder, he earned honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors last year as a senior.
Pope started 33 of his 39 career games and made 170 tackles (104 solo), including seven sacks. He was an all-state defensive lineman at Hopewell (Va.) High School, and was born Jan. 27, 1978 in Norfolk, Va.
Putzier, 23, was chosen in the sixth round (191st overall) out of Boise State, where he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors last season with 44 receptions for 824 yards (18.7) and 12 touchdowns.
A 6-4, 256-pounder, Putzier played both tight end and wide receiver for the Broncos, starting 35 of his 46 games and catching 128 passes for 2,050 yards (16.0) and 19 touchdowns. Putzier was all-state in both football and basketball at Eagle (Idaho) High School, where he also competed in baseball and track. He was born Jan. 20, 1979 in Eagle.
Broncos sign two draft choices
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