McDaniels, Broncos Pass On D; Take RB With 12th Pick

By: Sam Farnsworth Email
By: Sam Farnsworth Email

NEW YORK - Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels emphasized earlier in the week that Denver would use its two first round draft picks (12th, 18th) on defense on Saturday instead of trading up to select quarterback Mark Sanchez.

McDaniels called an audible on draft day and used the 12th overall pick in the NFL draft to select Georgia runningback Knowshon Moreno.

McDaniels, already having a hard time gaining fans in Denver after his rift with Jay Cutler, signed three free agent runningbacks back in February in Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington, and Lamont Jordan. Already on the Broncos roster at that position prior to those acquisitions were Peyton Hillis, Ryan Torain, and Selvin Young.

Rumors surfaced in the days prior to the draft that the Broncos may package their draft picks to move up on draft day in order to select USC's Mark Sanchez at quarterback. Chris Sims and Kyle Orton are the only current quarterbacks on the Broncos roster.

The Broncos select again with the 18th pick in the first round of the draft.

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