The bottom line is the Broncos, because of the way they play offense out of a three-wide receiver look much of the time, consistently see lighter formations with as few as six players in the box.
They didn’t always take advantage of that in the run game last season, especially in the red zone, and would like to this time around. That takes an offense that is already the highest scoring in league history and gives it an unnerving ability to close out games or score touchdowns when there isn’t much room for receivers to work.
Also, there is the matter of pass protection and the guy who shows he’s the most consistent will be the guy who gets the third-down snaps or the second-and-long plays as well.
That's how Knowshon Moreno got, and kept, the starting RB job last year for the Broncos. This year, that's expected to be Montee Ball. But the story also pointed to Ronnie Hillman, and the team feels he's the biggest home run threat at the position. Ball is looking like the guy to draft and presents a great value in the second round, but owners may want to make a roster spot for Hillman as well. It appears the Broncos want to take advantage of the running game more this season.