There is one position where the Broncos definitely need youth: running back. While Willis McGahee is still playing at an elite level, he is 31 years old, coming off an injury and due to make more than $2 million next year.
If the Broncos are looking for a fast and explosive running back who can play a physical game, they should look no further than Wisconsin's Montee Ball. Ball significantly improved his football IQ over the last two seasons at Wisconsin. In 2011, his junior year, Ball led the nation with 1,923 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns. He was also a Heisman finalist.
Ball could instantly add a few qualities to the Denver Broncos: quickness, toughness and the ability to read defenses. Ball has the great capability of a fast change in play direction and gaining large yardage with bursts of energy. He is also tough, routinely pushing through defenders by lowering his shoulder to take a big hit or stiff-arming opponents.
Lastly, Ball's greatest asset is his ability to read defenses. Ball was a patient running back at Wisconsin, waiting for a hold to open up at the line of scrimmage then punishing the defense by bursting through the line.
A running back with these traits would be a great contribution in 2013, especially with McGahee's health uncertain.