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Richard Drew, Associated Press
National Football League draft prospects Von Miller, left, and and Julio Jones talks with kids during an NFL predraft event, in New York, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. NFL players are urging a federal judge to deny the league's request to essentially restore the lockout, saying their careers are at stake. Commissioner Roger Goodell, meanwhile, says owners are preparing for every contingency.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos selected Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller with the second pick of the NFL draft Thursday night as they began fixing the league's worst defense.

John Elway had gushed over the premier pass-rusher in the draft.

Coming off the worst season in their 51-year history, the Broncos' top priority was fixing a defense that gave up a whopping 471 points. The second selection was the highest in team history following a 4-12 debacle that cost Josh McDaniels his job as coach and de facto general manager and led to a front office shake-up.

Elway was brought in as chief of football operations and he hired John Fox as coach and empowered general manager Brian Xanders to help rebuild the Broncos.