Broncos signed one player after last year’s HBCU Legacy Bowl

The 2024 HBCU Legacy Bowl will be played at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans this afternoon (how to watch). Last year, the Denver Broncos scouted Fort Valley State running back Emanuel Wilson at the college all-star game.

Wilson only got three carries in the 2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl, but he must have stood out at practice and on film because the Broncos promptly signed him as a college free agent following the 2023 NFL draft.

Denver also signed fellow running back Jaleel McLaughlin, who ended up winning the team’s third-string running back job. The Broncos cut Wilson last May to make room for XFL signings, but his NFL career did not end there.

Wilson went on to sign with the Green Bay Packers and he ended up making their 53-man roster. He played in five games a rookie before being placed on injured reserve. After returning from IR, Wilson rushed 12 times for 36 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards during Green Bay’s two-game playoff run.

Wilson wasn’t able to beat out McLaughlin in Denver, but he’s a talented running back worthy of an active roster spot in the NFL. That’s the kind of talent the Broncos will be looking for at the HBCU Legacy Bowl today.

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