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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos have traded up to take Portland State tight end Julius Thomas in the fourth round Saturday.

The Broncos surrendered fifth- and sixth-round picks to the Green Bay Packers to move up and grab Thomas. Denver also received a seventh-rounder.

The 6-foot-4, 251-pound Thomas was a basketball standout at Portland State, setting school records in games played (121) and career wins (78). When his hoops eligibility was finished, and with one scholarship season left, he turned to football. Thomas had 29 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns last season.

The Broncos are hoping he can follow in the footsteps of San Diego's Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, who made a smooth transition from basketball to football.

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