"Wherever I am at on the field, if it is a pass play or run play, defenses have to know where I am at, because they know that I am going to do my job".
With No. 1 receiver Demaryius Thomas turning 30 last Christmas, No. 2 receiver Emmanuel Sanders playing this season at 31, Jordan Taylor coming off hip surgery, and Carlos Henderson (0) and Isaiah McKenzie (4) combining for 4 catches a year ago, the Broncos desperately needed a young, No. 3 receiver.
Freeman scored 60 rushing touchdowns, logged 5,621 rushing yards (2nd in Pac-12) on 947 rushes during his days in Eugene.
"He's a guy we needed", said Elway, the Broncos president of football operations/general manager.
The other running backs on Denver's roster are former Utah standout Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson, the team's sixth-round pick in 2017. "We had a first-round grade on him".
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"I want to be the one to deliver that blow", Freeman said on a conference call. He was most dominant as a senior, including a 2.5 sack effort against Boston College that left Eagles' coach Steve Addazio lost for solutions: "We doubled Chubb with the tackle", he said at the time.
"He's big and he can really run", Elway said.
After getting pass-rusher Bradley Chubb with the No. 5 pick in the second round, Elway considered taking a running back with his first pick in the second round.
"He has No. 1 (receiver) traits", Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. "I think those are the things that got me to the point I'm at right now, being a top-tier wide receiver and also learning and understanding how to grow at my position".
"I loved playing safety, but I feel like in my heart I was a true receiver", Sutton said. "He is a big receiver with great ball skills". Anderson, from Cal, rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. I have to play hide-and-go-seek with you guys all the time when it comes down to who we're going to pick.