Over the past few years, running backs have truly been booms or busts.
Think about backs like Reggie Bush, who is an exception. The jury is still out for Bush as is for the 2009 rookie backs.
Most running backs have turned out well, even after slow starts. DeAngelo Williams is a great example of this type of young running back. Some, though, have turned out to be decent NFL running backs, but haven't lived up to expectations.
In recent years, Cedric Benson and Carnell Williams fit into that mold. There is only one other type of running back: a second-day gem. Second-day picks Kevin Smith, Steve Slaton, and Tashard Choice have already produced good numbers in their first NFL season.
Knowshon Moreno was the first running back drafted in the 2009 draft. He is easily the most balanced running back among the rookies, with great speed and strength.
Moreno's best skill may be his vision. He finds the hole quick and doesn't second-guess himself. Once he picks a hole, he doesn't dance around in the backfield, he bursts through the hole and finds his way into the open field.
Moreno produced well at Georgia, even as a redshirt freshman. Not only did he rack up big numbers running the ball, but also catching it. He is a talented receiver out of the backfield. Being a receiving weapon allows him to get into the open field where he is at his best.
Moreno contains the ability to make any defender miss in the open field. I get flashes of Gale Sayers when he is operating in the open field. Moreno displays excellent peripheral vision and can stop on a dime. He also gets started very quickly and eludes defenders using all of his tools.
The only problem facing Moreno is a very crowded Denver backfield. He is undoubtedly the No. 1 back, but with eight running backs on the roster, chances are that Moreno's numbers will get dipped into a little bit.
Moreno will soon become the franchise running back.
He is a leader on and off the field. He leads not by yelling, but by showing how his unbelievable work ethic translates to the field.
Denver is in a desperate search for motivation and Knowshon Moreno will prove to be a reason for optimism within the Broncos' organization.