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Denver looking at Mendenhall, D-Jack
Posted Apr. 16 at 03:05 AM
Mike Shanahan has never used a first-round pick on a running back, but that could potentially change. The Broncos will have Rashard Mendenhall of Illinois for a vist today, according to The Denver Post.
The article also states that the Broncos will have Darrell Jackson in for a physical. He’s a receiver in decline, but he could potentially start for them. Denver would probably prefer to use Brandon Stokley, good as he is, in a part-time role, and Jackson is definitely an upgrade over the likes of Keary Colbert and Samie Parker. (Brandon Marshall, if healthy, will be the team’s No. 1 receiver).
If the Broncos opt for Mendenhall, he would be an intriguing fantasy option. With his size and speed, he’d probably quickly move ahead of Selvin Young and Travis Henry. Henry, in fact, probably would be released. The odds of Denver selecting Mendenhall, however, are probably only about 20-30 percent; the team has other, more pressing needs. Probably slightly more likely is the scenario that there will be a running back available in the second round who catches their eye.
Denver last selected a running back in the first round in 1989, when it used a supplemental pick on Bobby Humphrey, who had a couple of 1,000-yard seasons before fizzling away. He was arrested for cocaine possession and shot in the leg, and he played a total of only four NFL seasons. In the Shanahan era, the Broncos have used two second-round picks on running backs – Clinton Portis and Tatum Bell.
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