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2016 NFL Draft Rumors: Broncos targeting running backs during the final day of the draft

The Broncos reportedly will target late round running backs.

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According to Walter Football and Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, the Denver Broncos will target a running during the final day(rounds 4-7) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Pauline names former Auburn running back Peyton Barber as a favorite of the Broncos and a player they will target in the 6th round.

The Denver Broncos will look to add a running back sometime during the last day of the draft, and I'm told they like Peyton Barber of Auburn in the sixth-round area.

The Broncos matched an offer from the Miami Dolphins for running back C.J. Anderson this offseason and recently re-signed Ronnie Hillman to backup Anderson. So the Broncos do not really have a big need at running back, but will look to add competition in the later rounds of the draft.

The name being mentioned by Pauline is former Auburn running back Peyton Barber.

He's a 5'10", 228lb running back who entered the 2016 NFL Draft early to help his homeless mother out. Barber played two seasons at Auburn and had a breakout season in 2015. He totaled 1,016 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns, and a YPC of 4.3 yards per carry.

Barber's skill set makes him a solid fit into Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. Has good size to carry the ball 20+ times if needed, has good vision, good cut back ability, intelligent, good at pass blocking, and excellent burst.

He is considered a late-round pick, but could be a steal for the Broncos.