|06-11-2008, 04:17 PM||#1|
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Torain confident he'll play
Wow. 2 threads in one day, i never do that. Anyways here ya go.
Interesting that Tomin was going to take Torain at pick 88 if Mendenhall had not fallen to 23. Interesting.
Torain confident he'll play
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 06/11/2008 12:32:44 AM MDT
With courtesy and conciseness, rookie running back Ryan Torain eased through the interview.
He and his younger brother were raised in Topeka, Kan., by their mom, Raedell, who worked at Southwestern Bell.
Mom taught her boys the value in work. Dad? Ryan's not sure what Dad did for a living. Dad was never around, although they're starting to get to know each other.
"I'm not one to hold a grudge," Torain said. "We talk. I want to have a relationship with my pops."
There were the usual questions about Torain's career at Arizona State, the Lisfranc foot fracture his senior year. Finally, there was this: Think you'll get a chance to play this year?
"Yeah," he said. "Yeah, I do."
For Selvin Young to get anywhere close to reaching his haughty rushing goals this year, he will have to maintain a strong stiff-arm on Torain through training camp. After first-round pick Ryan Clady and second-rounder Eddie Royal, the players in ideal position from the Broncos' 2008 draft class are cornerback Jack Williams and Torain.
Williams was selected in the fourth round, where the Broncos have been on a hot streak. In the previous two years, the Broncos selected Brandon Marshall, Elvis Dumervil, Domenik Hixon and Marcus Thomas in that round.
The Broncos brought in Williams knowing their cornerback cupboard could be cleared of all but Champ Bailey in 2009. Dre Bly, the starting right cornerback, will be 32 next year, when his salary jumps threefold to $3.25 million. The top backup cornerbacks, Domonique Foxworth and Karl Paymah, will be eligible for free agency after this season.
The possibility of so many cornerback departures next year means the Broncos may push Williams to do more than just observe this year. Williams likely will become the first of the Broncos' nine draft picks to sign.
The Broncos took Torain in the fifth round, which for a running back is like getting selected in the second or third round somewhere else. In fact, had Rashard Mendenhall not fallen to Pittsburgh with the No. 23 pick in the first round, the Steelers had plans of taking Torain at No. 88 overall in the third round.
Regardless, Torain was picked up much higher in 2008 than Young (undrafted) was in 2007. Torain also was drafted higher than Terrell Davis in 1995 and Mike Anderson in 2000. Both were sixth-round selections.
And both rushed for more than 1,100 yards as rookies.