Anunike, Thompson sign with Denver Broncos as undrafted free agents

Hours after cornerback Ross Cockrell was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, Duke continued to work its way into NFL headlines.

Defensive end Kenny Anunike and running back Juwan Thompson were both quickly scooped up as undrafted free agents by the Denver Broncos.

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Anunike finished fourth on the team with 67 tackles in his redshirt senior season, including 13.5 for a loss and a team-high six sacks. The Galena, Ohio native was competing in his sixth season of collegiate eligibility for the Blue Devils after losing two seasons to multiple knee surgeries. He was originally recruited by head coach David Cutcliffe as a tight end.

Thompson showed up all over the field for Duke, playing running back and linebacker during his senior season. He was also an impact player on special teams. The Fairburn, Ga., native racked up 348 yards on the ground on 64 carries and also recorded 13 tackles. He was consistently lauded by Cutcliffe for his unselfishness and earned the role of team captain midway through his final season.


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