Denver Broncos: Top 15 first-round draft picks of all time

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The only Pro Football Hall of Famer who was drafted by and played for the Broncos (so far), Floyd Little is absolutely deserving of one of the top spots on this list. “The Franchise” was an outstanding asset for Denver as they made their transition from the AFL to the NFL.

What I love about Little is that he spent his entire nine-year career with Broncos. Although that wasn’t as rare as it is these days, it was a testament to his durability, loyalty and willingness to do everything in his power to help Denver shine on the gridiron.

When his career came to a close in 1975, he was ranked seventh on the NFL’s all-time rushing yards list. He was an unstoppable force for a Denver team that never enjoyed much success during his tenure, although it’s fair to speculate that they may have been even worse had Little not been using his versatility and well-rounded skill set to strike fear in opposing defenses.

Whether he was taking handoffs, catching passes or returning kicks, Little was always lighting fireworks for the Broncos. He scored 54 total touchdowns during his time in the Mile High City, which allowed him to enter the team’s Ring of Honor upon its inception in 1984.

There have been some great running backs in the Broncos’ history. However, the rest pale in comparison to Little.