Posted Wed Apr 13th by Mr.East
Take it as it is, a rumor, but word is that the Broncos are having discussions with other teams, namely the Redskins and the Cardinals, about moving down in the draft.
Since there are such glaring holes in nearly every aspect of the team, it just might be a good move to pick up some more draft ammunition.
The bait I would think the Broncos are using for the second overall pick is Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. There have been reports that Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Shanahan are big fans of the Mizz alumnus.
Peter King himself says, “And Gabbert will not get past Arizona.”
Be it fifth or tenth, whatever, who now?
The benefits of swapping picks with Arizona outweigh the cons in this situation because the Cardinals almost definitely be selected Blaine Gabbert. If the Broncos do land themselves in fifth overall spot then the first five picks could possible go like this:
1. Cam Newton (Panthers)
2. Blaine Gabbert (Cards)
3. Patrick Peterson (Bills)
4. A.J. Green (Bengals)
5. Marcel Dareus (Broncos)
For all of you Marcel Dareus fans, it is still very possible to land him fifth overall. However, the Bills could take Dareus and the Bengals could grab Peterson (or vice versa) and the Broncos would most likely select Nick Fairley or Von Miller.
For the Cardinals to trade up they would most likely have to give up a second round pick and somewhere around a fourth or fifth rounder as well. This situation is entirely beneficial for the Broncos who currently do not own a fourth or fifth round pick and might also be interested in trading back up into the first round.
Since the Broncos are need heavy, having a lot of draft cash to spend in the first two or three rounds is essential.
So was all this interest in these rookie quarterbacks a smokescreen for a trade down? If this trade situation is indeed real, I still wouldn’t rule out the Broncos selecting a guy like Jake Locker in the early second round or even trading back up in the first as well. I do truly believe John Elway’s interest in drafting a quarterback is real.
Not to scare you, but Elway has stated that he likes quarterbacks that have a similar playing style to his own and Pac-10, mobile, big armed Jake Locker kind of fits that description.
What do you think Bronco fans? Is trading down in the first round a good idea? Are the Broncos still looking for a young quarterback? Air it out in the comments!