The Denver Broncos may want to address the running back position in April's 2012 NFL Draft. The last running back the Broncos took in the first round, Knowshon Moreno, has been a big failure for being the No. 12 overall pick in 2009. But that selection came in Josh McDaniels' first try at the draft. Might John Fox know his running backs differently and draft Virginia Tech Hokies running back David Wilson, as the Sporting News' Russ Lande has happening in his latest mock draft?
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Lande sees that the Broncos are committed to Tim Tebow as the start, which means that the team needs to start complementing the quarterback in the long term:
It is clear Denver is sticking with QB Tim Tebow long term; now it needs a young back to team with him. Wilson has rare explosiveness to go with great change-of-direction ability and excellent instincts.
Willis McGahee rebounded with a 1,000-yard season this fall, but he was hurt by injury during the latter half of the season. His long-term viability in the backfield might not last much longer.
Wilson has already declared for the draft after his junior season following a season in which he ran for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry. If Wilson can translate that to the NFL, the Broncos will have a force to be reckoned with in the league.
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