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Broncos expected to take running back early in draft

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01:19 PM ET 04.11 | The Denver Broncos are expected to use one of their picks in one of the first three rounds of the upcoming draft on a new running back, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis. The Broncos have both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno under contract for the 2013 and 2014 season, but they're looking for a bigger back that can help carry the load and push the team's rushing offense into the same elite tier their passing offense is in. In 2012, the Broncos' rushing offense ranked 16th in the league, averaging 114.5 yards per game. According to Klis, the Broncos are looking for a bigger back and may be interested in Alabama's Eddie Lacy, Stanford's Stepfan Taylor, Arkansas' Knile Davis, Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell, among others. Klis also believes that the Broncos have a 33-percent chance of using their first-round pick on a running back, a 66-percent chance in the second round and a 99-percent chance of selecting a running back by the third round.

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April 11, 2013  02:13 PM ET

He looks just like Garey Busey.

April 11, 2013  03:15 PM ET

Should have drafted Doug Martin last year!

April 11, 2013  03:41 PM ET

I guess Hillman's career is short-lived.

April 11, 2013  06:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He looks just like Garey Busey.

A little resemblance there. Adding a RB is a good thing after the starter got injured.

April 11, 2013  06:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He looks just like Garey Busey.

If he starts talking like him the Broncos are screwed.

April 11, 2013  06:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I guess Hillman's career is short-lived.

I was wondering about that. Maybe they will relegate him to special teams.

April 11, 2013  11:21 PM ET

I don't get Denver's strategy. You already have Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno actually played well for a change last year. Plus, there really aren't any running backs worth taking early this year.

Why not lay back in the cut for a couple rounds and then snag Marcus Lattimore or Joseph Randle in the third round or so?

April 12, 2013  01:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't get Denver's strategy. You already have Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno actually played well for a change last year. Plus, there really aren't any running backs worth taking early this year.Why not lay back in the cut for a couple rounds and then snag Marcus Lattimore or Joseph Randle in the third round or so?

I don't know that this is Denver's strategy, maybe more like Denver Post wishful thinking. They'll most likely tow the line in the first couple rounds and do as you said, pick up a third stringer in the 3rd or 4th round.

 
April 12, 2013  12:51 PM ET

After the Jets finally cut him, resign Tebow as a running back able to throw the half back option. On second thought, forget about the throwing part.

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