Broncos go for a runner over defense

April, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

ENGLEWOOD, Co. -- So much for all of those pressing defensive needs in Denver.

That's what the No. 18 pick is going to be.

In one of the early shockers of the draft, Denver took Georgia running Knowshon Moreno with the No. 12 pick. It wouldn't have been a huge shock if the Broncos took Moreno or Ohio State's Beanie Wells with the No. 18 if things fell into place.

But at No. 12?

With defensive players Brian Orakpo, Robert Ayers and Malcolm Jenkins all available, the Broncos turned to offense. The Broncos had the No. 2 overall offense last season and they were 29th on defense.

Moreno is the fourth running back added since Josh McDaniels took over in Denver. The Broncos signed veteran running backs Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan.

There is no doubt Moreno will become the featured back in Denver. It is also clear Denver will be a running offense in the post-Jay Cutler era. With quarterback Kyle Orton, acquired in the in the Cutler trade, the likely starter, Denver will try to pound the football and control the clock. That would both take pressure off of Orton and off of the rebuilding done.

Moreno is a good pick for Denver, but it was still unexpected that early in the draft.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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