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Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIISeptember 29, 2011

31 Jan 1999: Rod Smith #80 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring a touchdown during Super Bowl XXXIII between the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Broncos defeated the Falcons 34-19 to win their second consecutive Super Bowl.
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Week 3 was not a great one for the Denver Broncos organization after their second loss of the season. But there is hope on the horizon for the team and for their fans.

ESPN has published a list of the top rookies in the NFL as of Week 3.

If you're familiar with my articles you'll know I'm not a big fan of ESPN's lists, but this one actually comes from an outside source at Scouts Inc., so I'll give it a chance.

At the top of the list this week is the Broncos' No. 2 overall pick Von Miller.

Miller is the pick for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year early on, and he's continuing his pace every week.

In the first month of the season, Miller has posted 10 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. The last Bronco to do the same thing was Alfred Williams in 1995.

His speed on the ball is incredible, and he hasn't lost a step in his transition to the pros.

Miller faces a powerful offense this week against the Green Bay Packers and needs to keep up the hard work and tough play if he plans on making the top of the list again after Week 4.

Needless to say, a big game against the defending Super Bowl champions will speak volumes in his bid for the DROY award later this year.

In other news, the 2012 preliminary lists for eligibility in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are out and five Broncos are on it.

The newest addition to the list for Denver is ex-receiver Rod Smith.

Smith broke NFL records for an undrafted player. In the eyes of Denver Broncos fans, and football fans alike, he may go down as the best undrafted player in NFL history.

Every receiving record in Denver belongs to Smith, and his presence on the field was critical to Denver's two Super Bowl victories in '98 and '99.

He almost certainly will not enter the Hall of Fame on his first ballot year, but Smith won't have to wait for more than a few years to make it.

Denver fans will rejoice in another Hall of Fame enshrinee in the next decade, this is for sure.

Other Broncos still on the list for eligibility include running back Terrell Davis—the most important piece to Denver's Lombardi trophies—linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, safety Steve Atwater, and coach Dan Reeves.

Who's your pick for the next Broncos to enter the Hall?