According to 9NEWS Sports Denver, the Denver Broncos have met with former Minnesota running back David Cobb and Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson this week.
Cobb plays four seasons at Minnesota and was a starter the past two seasons. During his career at Minnesota, he totaled 2,893 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 339 yards. His best season came in 2014 when he totaled 1,626 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 162 yards.
Cobb is a 5'11", 229lb running back which giveshim the size that the Broncos are looking for at running back. He ran a 4.81 40-time at the NFL Combine, but the slow time is a result of a pulled hamstring during his run. He bettered his numbers at his pro-day by running a 4.58 40-time.
Cobb isn't a flashy running back, but he's a productive/powerful one. Cobb gained 54% of his yards over the last two seasons after contact and he finishes his runs with authority. He's not the type of back who will dance around or bounce the run to the outside. He is a one-cut, downhill runner who will run in-between the tackles consistently.
Cobb is expected to go in the third or fourth round, but can contribute right away. He's the type of back that Gary Kubiak will really like. His running style fits into a zone-blocking scheme, and I would really like his potential in this scheme.
Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak has a history of turning average running backs into 1,000-yard rushers. He did it this past season with journeymen running back Justin Forsett. When he was a coach under Mike Shanahan, the Broncos routinely turned late round running back into 1,000 yards rushers. With all this said, it does make sense for the Broncos to be peaking at this years strong running back class.
C.J. Anderson should be your starter this season. He earned that with his great play in the second half of the season when he carried the Broncos offense. After Anderson, it is a bit of a toss up. 2013 second round pick Montee Ball is coming off a disappointing 2014 season, Ronnie Hillman is entering his final year of his contract, and Juwan Thompson might be playing fullback.
Auburn Defensive Tackle, Angelo Blackson:
Another prospect that the Denver Broncos have met with is Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson. He is a 6'4", 318lb defensive lineman. Blackson is expected to go in the 7th round or be a undrafted free agent.
Blackson spent four seasons at Auburn and put up some decent numbers. During his four seasons at Auburn, he totaled 65 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.
Blackson is a strong space eater who can occupy the middle of your defensive line, but offers very little in the pass rush department.