Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/17/14

DENVER - OCTOBER 04: Linebacker Robert Ayers #56 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a defensive play against the Dallas Cowboys during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The 2009 NFL Draft was an important one for the Denver Broncos. It was new coach/general manager Josh McDaniels' first draft. The Broncos were rebuilding after a tough year where they surrendered a three game lead in the AFC West with just three games to go. And, an awful last game of the season, a 52-21 embarrassment at the hands of the San Diego Chargers, was fresh in the mind's of fans. It was that game and the team's collapse that ultimately got longtime coach Mike Shanahan fired. A lot was riding on that day in April. Thanks to the Jay Cutler trade to the Bears, Denver had two first-round picks to use. This was a perfect way to rebuild a defense that was a joke down the stretch and had struggled in previous years as well. But, McDaniels went offense with the 12th overall pick, selecting running back Knowshon Moreno. Moreno has shown very few flashes of greatness and could possibly not make the team in 2012. With that 12th pick, the Broncos could have taken future pro bowlers Br...
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