Denver Broncos First Round Draft Need

Willis McGahee will need some help in the backfield to cut down on his risk for injury. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos led the NFL in rushing and they set a franchise record for most yards on the ground in a single season. That doesn’t mean all is gravy, however.

Willis McGahee is an older back, and he can’t handle 18-20 carries per game for much longer. Many teams who thrive in the league operate on a dual-back system. That’s why the Broncos will likely be stocking up on backs in the upcoming draft and free agency.

The question is how soon do they pick up a running back in the draft?

The Broncos would likely be able to get RB Chris Polk out of Washington at the No. 25 spot, but do they even want to go there with their first round draft pick.

Remember first round running backs don’t necessarily succeed. You don’t have to look any further than 2010′s No. 12 overall pick Knowshon Moreno. Meanwhile, Michael Turner (the NFL’s third leading rusher in 2011) was drafted in the 5th round in 2004.

Is the positional need that great for the Broncos to risk taking a running back with their first round pick? Probably not.

Many fingers point to the Broncos improving the defensive line and the secondary in the early rounds of the draft.

One doesn’t have to look any further than Tom Brady’s six touchdown passes in the divisional round of the playoffs to know that more depth is needed on defense, particularly in an aging secondary.

With that said, how would you like the Broncos to use their first pick in the 2012 draft?

What area should the Broncos attend to first in the draft?

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Topics: Denver Broncos, Draft, Knowshon Moreno, Willis Mcgahee

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  • Jacob Broge

    No way. We need DL, CB, and WR help WAY before we need a RB

  • Shane Spielman

    dont forget tight ends

  • Jacob Broge

    I think Virgil Green and Julius Thomas could be stud TE’s if they ever got the shot. Instead Fox decides to use them only for blocking, even though they were both amazing receiving TE’s in college.

  • Jacob Broge

    No way. We need DL, CB, and WR help WAY before we need a RB

  • Shane Spielman

    dont forget tight ends

  • Jacob Broge

    I think Virgil Green and Julius Thomas could be stud TE’s if they ever got the shot. Instead Fox decides to use them only for blocking, even though they were both amazing receiving TE’s in college.

  • Tim Lynch

    MLB is tops on my list.

  • MARTY01570

    I’m all for d line in the first round. It doesn’t matter what position there, although Dt would be ideal. I believe in the take the best player available at your position but in regards to this article a good d line helps on both levels of defence. If you can stop the run and put constant pressure on the qb with 4 your secondary will benefit also. Look at the giants and sf, neither really have a big name in the secondary but their d line allows them to perform at a higher level.

  • Jacob King

    No, next question

  • Tim Lynch

    MLB is tops on my list.

  • Will Swagga Mack

    DT is #1 priority but we have got to take RB. Chris Polk 4.4 speed at 225lbs with hands out the backfield

  • MARTY01570

    I’m all for d line in the first round. It doesn’t matter what position there, although Dt would be ideal. I believe in the take the best player available at your position but in regards to this article a good d line helps on both levels of defence. If you can stop the run and put constant pressure on the qb with 4 your secondary will benefit also. Look at the giants and sf, neither really have a big name in the secondary but their d line allows them to perform at a higher level.

  • Jacob King

    No, next question

  • Will Swagga Mack

    DT is #1 priority but we have got to take RB. Chris Polk 4.4 speed at 225lbs with hands out the backfield

  • Akworriar

    It is true that the giants have a great front four, but i would say they succeed, because of their secondary. The best QBs throw the quick short slants etc when under pressure. And if you watch most of their games they only got to the QB because the WR were not open. Now i am not saying that our Dline is as good, but if we could prevent receivers from being open we would have much more success on defense. Not being able to stop the pass, makes us give up a slight edge in the run game which in turn opens up our defense. pick #1 CB. #2 DT. #3 MLB. #4 & #5 (WR RB or another CB)

  • Akworriar

    It is true that the giants have a great front four, but i would say they succeed, because of their secondary. The best QBs throw the quick short slants etc when under pressure. And if you watch most of their games they only got to the QB because the WR were not open. Now i am not saying that our Dline is as good, but if we could prevent receivers from being open we would have much more success on defense. Not being able to stop the pass, makes us give up a slight edge in the run game which in turn opens up our defense. pick #1 CB. #2 DT. #3 MLB. #4 & #5 (WR RB or another CB)

  • jimfromkc

    You have a safty and CB at the end of their careers, get someone who has starting talents before it is too late.

  • jimfromkc

    You have a safty and CB at the end of their careers, get someone who has starting talents before it is too late.

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