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The Broncos are likely to snatch a running back late in the draft. If they want one who can do more than just provide depth, Tyler Gaffney would be a nice option.
Gaffney's playing style resembles that of a power back, but he has surprising speed. He ran a spectacular 4.49 40-yard dash, which trumped speedster De'Anthony Thomas' time. Despite his impressive combine performance and stellar production, he's not expected to be picked high.
CBSSports.com projects him as a sixth-rounder. In other words, he should be there late in the draft for Denver.
The Broncos would be fools to pass up a power back who averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in all but one game last season. He could complement Montee Ball, who scored just four touchdowns last season, perfectly.
Also, his power running could benefit the Broncos. Ball and C.J. Anderson are power runners, but Ball also likes to look for the big play. For example, as Bleacher Report's Cecil Lammey noted, Ball looked for the big play on a critical short-yardage play against the Baltimore Ravens.
This trait isn't desirable for short-yardage runners, and it could limit Ball. It could also lead to the selection of a power runner.
Gaffney could bring a whole new element to the table. In the fifth, sixth or seventh round, he would be a fabulous value pick.