Gold Selected by Broncos with 40th Pick of NFL Draft
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- University of Michigan inside linebacker Ian Gold (Belleville, Mich./Belleville HS) was the Wolverines' only football player selected during the first day of the 2000 National Football League Draft, held Saturday (April 15) in New York City. Gold was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round with the 40th pick of the draft.


Gold becomes the eighth Wolverine to be drafted by the Denver Broncos (see chart below) and just the second defensive player to be chosen by the franchise (defensive back Mike Harden is the other). He joins former U-M teammate Brian Griese with the Denver organization.

Gold led the Wolverines with a career-best 95 tackles (71 solo, 24 assists), including 10 TFLs, four sacks, three forced fumbles two PBUs and one interception in 1999. He capped his career with a team-high 12-tackle performance against Alabama in the 2000 FedEx Orange Bowl, and in the process surpassed the 200-tackle plateau for his career (203 stops). A four-year letterman, Gold received All-Big Ten Conference honors during his final two years and was the team's Roger Zatkoff Award winner (given to top linebacker) last year.

The NFL Draft concludes tomorrow (Sunday, April 16) with rounds 4 through 8, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on ESPN and continuing at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.

Michigan's Draft Choices by the Denver Broncos

Year    Pick   Round   Name, Position
1962 -- 23 Ken Tureaud, Halfback
1976 252 9 Jim Czirr, Center
1977 45 2 Rob Lytle, Running Back
1979 132 5 Rick Leach, Quarterback
1980 131 5 Mike Harden, Defensive Back
1998 91 3 Brian Griese, Quarterback
1998 153 5 Chris Howard, Running Back
2000 40 2 Ian Gold, Linebacker

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