Injuries ended the season for Willis McGahee last year and knocked his replacement, Knowshon Moreno, out of the divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Broncos finished the 2012 season ranked 16th in rushing after leading the league in 2011. They averaged just 3.8 yards per carry.
Aside from McGahee and Moreno, the Broncos have Ronnie Hillman, Jacob Hester, Lance Ball, Jeremiah Johnson and Mario Fannin on the roster.
Hillman showed plenty of issues in pass protection, and most of the other guys will be lucky to make the roster.
The Broncos need a game-changing running back, and Le'Veon Bell fits the bill:
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Bell is a strong runner who excels in the interior running game. However, he has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, exhibiting good hands, and he has shown the ability to be very good in pass protection, something that is pertinent in the Broncos offense.
Moreover, Bell is a durable back who would be an excellent fit in new offensive coordinator Adam Gase's up-tempo offense.
In his junior year at Michigan State, Bell carried the ball 382 times, more than anyone in the FBS. This shows he is clearly able to handle a strong workload.
Bell ran for nearly 1,800 yards during his junior season and finished his three-year career at Michigan State with 33 rushing touchdowns.
The Broncos are faced with some uncertainty at the running back position, and the draft offers many players to remedy that. None of them would be a better fit than Bell.
Bell would be a very valuable player for the Broncos if he were drafted, one who could even be the opening day starter.
Instead, Bell would be an excellent pick with No. 58 in the second round or No. 90 overall in the third round. If he is available, the Broncos need to pull the trigger.