As young football players develop, they begin to specialize as positional players. Some grow to be linemen (or have no choice and because of size are thrown into the role), some receivers, some running backs and so on.
It takes a special kind of player, at the college level, to play different positions on different sides of the ball. It is a matter of athleticism, certainly, but also speaks of intelligence and commitment to the team concept. Sometimes, it may be out of necessity. The team needs a player to fill it at a certain position, or the player is so willing to play he will move to any place on the field. Sometimes the coaching staff is so eager to use an athlete that they will find a place for him, even if it means moving him around.
Doug Martin is a case in point. As a Bronco, he was a hard-nosed running back who blocked and caught passes, but during his sophomore year he played in the defensive secondary. He also opened the 2011 Maaco Las Vegas Bowl with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Martin is not an isolated case. There are other Broncos who, during the course of their career, have played and continue to be utilized in different positions.
Who, among the 2012 Broncos, can play different positions as needed? Here's a short list…