I'd like to start this thread to basically talk about how our team and denver team is being compared, for obvious reasons. However, even with us having the best core of RB's we've ever had, we're still looking for a long term answer..green is old, dayne is old, and gado...well he's going to be a doctor. Since we are basically Denver...we automatically will never select a RB in the first round of the draft...because "that's denver's philosophy". I would like to look at the last decade or so and see when and IF denver even taking a RB would have been warranted. I understand the concept that they can get servicable rb's in later rounds to get yards...but same goes for OL...and they've spent 1sts on the OL before. I fell their system is only part of the reason. Best Pick Available and Need are typically the 2 biggest factors that go into a draft selection. I feel These two reasons are the biggest ones of why Denver hasn't selected a RB in the 1st...(besides the fact they had a guy named Terrell Davis (2nd day guy?) so why use a first on a RB if you don't need to? Before I start I'd like to state I am not a draft expert, college football expert, nor have I followed Den. very much to know their team/needs. Those that have please chime in... 2007: 17th pick-Jarvis Moss DE (I believe DEN traded up to get him, he was their guy, RB's taken after their pick were Kenny Irons and Chris Henry but were in the 2nd round- 1st rd RB NOT WARRANTED) 2006: 11th pick- Jay Cutler QB (again they traded up, needed a QB...this was a need pick and they think Cutler has what it takes to eventually lead this team to the superbowl...plenty of good RB's like maroney, addai, williams at 21+ but i'm not sure of denver's original draft position.) 2005: No first rd pick (cedric benson and cadillace williams were taken 4/5th overall. after that jj arrington(44th) and eric shelton (54th) only rb's taken in rds 1 and 2 2004: 17th pick- Darrent Williams CB (here we go...Steven Jackson taken 7 picks later at 24, Chris Perry 26, Kevin Jones 30, ***Denver selected Tatum Bell with the 9th pick in the 2nd round.) 2003: 20th pick- George Foster T (Willis McGahee 23rd, Larry Johnson 27th, no running backs taken in 2nd rd. I would have taken LJ 2002: 19th pick- Ashley Lelie WR (1st RB taken after their pick was dashaun foster with the 2nd pick in the 2nd round, ***Den selected Clinton Portis w/ the 19th pick in the 2nd rd) 2001: 24th pick- Willie Middlebrooks CB (could have selected Michael Bennett (27th), Anthony Thomas(38), Lamont Jordan (49), Travis Henry (58) 2000: 15th pick- Deltha Oneal CB (Shaun Alexander (19), Trung Canidate? (31) none in 2nd rd) 1999: 31st pick- Al Wilson MLB (JJ Johnson 39), Mike Cloud (54), and Jermain Fazand (60)) 1998: 30th pick- Marcus Nash WR (Robert holcombe (37), only RB taken in 2nd) 1997: 28th pick Trevor Pryce DT (Tiki Barber (36), Byron Hanspard (41), Corey Dillon (43), Marc Edwards (55)) 1996: 15th pick John Mobley OLB (Leeland McElroy (32)) 1995: No pick until 4th round. Selected Terrell Davis in the 6th round So in the end, were there really THAT many opportunities for them to select a RB in the 1st Rd?