Feb
12
2014
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In this year-round National Football League, there’s never much time to rest.

The Super Bowl was 10 days ago, yet, the NFL Draft is approaching rapidly.

Of course, before then free agency starts up, and finding players to fill voids is a necessity. Could Knowshon Moreno be leaving the Broncos? It seems likely, meaning they’ll either have to look to free agency for a new running back to play with Montee Ball, or Denver will have to draft a back for the third straight season.

Yes, Ball and Ronnie Hillman are the two most recent drafted runners, but who is the best at the position the Broncos ever selected?

The list is enormous and features such names as Clinton Portis, Knowshon Moreno and Otis Armstrong, but they miss the cut. Terrell Davis has to be the best Broncos-drafted back, right? He just missed as second-best.

That’s because we have to give the nod to Hall of Famer Floyd Little.

Little was a beast for the Broncos, racking up 6,323 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns from 1967-1975 in the Mile High City. When he was drafted in the first round (6th overall), Little was originally used to return kicks with his blazing speed. In his career, he totaled over 3,500 punt and kickoff return yards, stellar. As time went on, he became a more reliable running back, becoming the team’s first 1,000 yard rusher in 1970 and led the NFL in rushing in 1971. He was also a talented pass-catcher, with 2,418 yards and nine scores through the air.

Little did anything and everything for the Broncos as their main playmaker in the late 60s and early 70s as they made the transition from the AFL to the NFL following the 1970 merger. He was enshrined in Canton, Ohio in 2010 and his bronze bust will be there forever.


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