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Published on 04/13/2011 at Wed Apr 13 18:30.
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Trade Bait... There are several teams that may be willing to deal with Denver in order to trade up and select a quarterback second overall. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Earlier today, reports broke that the Denver Broncos were interested in trading down in the upcoming NFL Draft.  Ideally, the team would like to deal with either Buffalo, Cincinnati,  San Francisco or Tennessee.  [Previously on BT, ProFootballTalk]
  • Without a new rookie wage scale in place, draft day trades would become unlikely, however.  The NFL’s proposed rookie compensation system would divert about $300 million a year from first-round draft picks’ contracts to veterans and player benefits.  [Denver Post]
  • If there is a preseason, none of Denver’s four games will be nationally-televised, which is no surprise given the team’s poor record last season.  [MaxDenver]
  • The Denver Broncos have conducted a private workout for Nevada outside linebacker-defensive ends Dontay Moch and Ryan Coulton, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.  [National Football Post]
  • Marcell Dareus, a defensive tackle from Alabama, and LSU cornerback-returner Patrick Peterson were brought in for their pre-draft visits to Dove Valley on Wednesday.  [Denver Post]

  • On Wednesday, Broncos Vice President of Football Operations John Elway talked with Vic and Gary of 102.3 The TICKET, click here to listen to the podcast.  [Radio Podcast]
  • Since the 2000 NFL Draft, Denver has drafted ten different players from college schools based in Florida, the most players drafted from one state by the team during that time frame.  [Broncos Zone]
  • Running back DeAngelo Williams told a Miami radio station last Saturday that his decision to remain with Carolina or seek a new NFL home could hinge on what direction the Panthers take at quarterback.  If there is a free agency period, Denver may pursue Williams.  [NFL.com]
  • Abilene Christian wide receiver Edmond Gates will visit with the Broncos later this month.  [NFP]
  • NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith is scheduled to attend the first day of court-ordered mediation between the NFL and the locked-out players, which will begin on Thursday.  [ESPN]

I’ve just become an even bigger fan of former New England Patriot and current ESPN Analyst Teddy Bruschi.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I love how in that NFL Live video Trey Wingo was like “They're kinda floating it out there – with a new head coach and a new general manager, John Elway – that they might be interesting in taking a quarterback in the first round.”

    lol Elway is the VP of Football Operations, Brian Xanders is the GM, Wingo.

  • dbroncs24/7

    A-fucking-men to Bruschi. Orton may not be a superstar but he is good (not great) and more than serviceable for a couple of years if Tebow doesn't continue to show promise, as he has so far. Bottom line is DEFENSE!

  • Doom92

    I say the Broncos take this number 2 pick regardless of whether a deal is done or not. I think we need an impact guy more than a couple other picks that will end up sucking like they most always do. What good is it to pick more guys that will more than likely will not even be on the team in a couple years? They have over the years picked some BAD players doing this and I'd like just once for it to stop! Of course there are no guarantees that whom ever they pick in the second spot will be great, but there is certainly a better shot than with just for the sake of having another 3rd and 5th (Whatever, you get the point I'm sure).

    Please make the pick and lets see what can happen. I'm actually praying for there not to be a deal before the draft just so yet another opportunity is squandered away. I know I'm sure plenty will not and do not agree but this crap about how more picks is better is just crap if more than some of them suck as usual. When is the last time more picks was better? It is said that Denver needs to hit on the 1st 2nd and 3rd round picks to be a good draft, but is it any better to do it and end up with more picks to have some 2nd stringers in a couple years? I say no… Make the pick. If its wrong I'd be the first to say “man I had that wrong” but I don't think I do.

  • Mergrath

    I can't help but read your profile name and think 4th round pick. Unfortunately we traded our higher 4th rounder on the worthless services of Maroney!

    We can trade back a few spots and still get our main target Dareus/Fairley while adding an additional pick or two…that would be GREAT!!! This draft is really deep in defensive line tallent so maybe we can nab (2) instead of 1?

  • Doom92

    Well I have to agree with you and give props to you on Elvis for sure. I'm just very frustrated on all the the busted picks we have had going back well before McD. I was one that felt like Shanny's run was done and mainly for all the draft busts and bad free agent pick ups. Lets face it, his track record on both was not good. Sure there were a few good ones in there but the bad far out weighed the good.

    Any way, I don't see us being able to trade with any one in the top 5. Why would they want to? They can still get the guy they want with in that and pay less also and not give up anything. Maybe with-in the top 10 but then do we really get the guy that is right for us or just another settle??? You are right, this draft is quite rich in D-linemen… But are they Jarvis or Julius?

    Clearly any of us could list out all the failed D-Linemen we have experienced over the last 10 years… I only hope we don't add one to the list. Thanks for the response, it was a good one…

  • Mergrath

    Shanny was a terrible tallent evaluater for every position except running back and O-lineman which really came down to scheme. I don't blame Sundquist one bit for all of the miss fires that happened when he was “GM”. The Goodman's had really started to right the ship (imo) but Shanny already had one foot out the door and the rest is history.

    The biggest problem is that this team was left in serious need of tallent on the second two levels (minus D-lineman where we needed to address all three). Unfortunately McD decided to part with our limited tallent on offense for draft picks…then failed miserably with these picks…on offense! Never did we address the defensive line except for adding some rag torn veterans!

    So, now we have zero depth behind what very few quality players that we do have. The only way that we can address depth is through multiple draft picks. The problem with the draft…it's a crap shoot and everyone knows that. There are no sure fire picks! I love Fairley, he reminds me of Warren Sapp but he scares the crap out of me because I think that he has bust potential! Marcell Dareus is a nice, safe pick that has less bust potential imo…but I don't see wreaking havok for offenses.

    We NEED someone to fall in love with these QB's…and it will happen. It always happens with QB's! We won't have to move outside of 5 as there is enough teams that will be trying to leapfrog each other to get either Newton or Gabbert. Allot will depend on what Carolina does and the rookie scale obviously.

    I'm not trying to change your mind…just sharing my ideas with you. Trading back a couple spots could really go a long way in speeding up this rebuild. We are so far from “that one player away” it's not even funny! :(

  • stuckinraiderland

    I totally agree with the distinguished gentlemen in the NFL Live clip, with one exception. Of course, I insist that we must draft Jake Locker, as he is going to be the greatest quarterback in the history of the game. All of those years of failing to live up to expectations and generally deflating any hopes of UW were all a ruse, so that the Broncos would be sure to be able to blow a #2 pick on him. Nobody will see this coming!

  • Mergrath

    I can't help but read your profile name and think 4th round pick. Unfortunately we traded our higher 4th rounder on the worthless services of Maroney!

    We can trade back a few spots and still get our main target Dareus/Fairley while adding an additional pick or two…that would be GREAT!!! This draft is really deep in defensive line tallent so maybe we can nab (2) instead of 1?

  • Doom92

    Well I have to agree with you and give props to you on Elvis for sure. I'm just very frustrated on all the the busted picks we have had going back well before McD. I was one that felt like Shanny's run was done and mainly for all the draft busts and bad free agent pick ups. Lets face it, his track record on both was not good. Sure there were a few good ones in there but the bad far out weighed the good.

    Any way, I don't see us being able to trade with any one in the top 5. Why would they want to? They can still get the guy they want with in that and pay less also and not give up anything. Maybe with-in the top 10 but then do we really get the guy that is right for us or just another settle??? You are right, this draft is quite rich in D-linemen… But are they Jarvis or Julius?

    Clearly any of us could list out all the failed D-Linemen we have experienced over the last 10 years… I only hope we don't add one to the list. Thanks for the response, it was a good one…

  • Mergrath

    Shanny was a terrible tallent evaluater for every position except running back and O-lineman which really came down to scheme. I don't blame Sundquist one bit for all of the miss fires that happened when he was “GM”. The Goodman's had really started to right the ship (imo) but Shanny already had one foot out the door and the rest is history.

    The biggest problem is that this team was left in serious need of tallent on the second two levels (minus D-lineman where we needed to address all three). Unfortunately McD decided to part with our limited tallent on offense for draft picks…then failed miserably with these picks…on offense! Never did we address the defensive line except for adding some rag torn veterans!

    So, now we have zero depth behind what very few quality players that we do have. The only way that we can address depth is through multiple draft picks. The problem with the draft…it's a crap shoot and everyone knows that. There are no sure fire picks! I love Fairley, he reminds me of Warren Sapp but he scares the crap out of me because I think that he has bust potential! Marcell Dareus is a nice, safe pick that has less bust potential imo…but I don't see wreaking havok for offenses.

    We NEED someone to fall in love with these QB's…and it will happen. It always happens with QB's! We won't have to move outside of 5 as there is enough teams that will be trying to leapfrog each other to get either Newton or Gabbert. Allot will depend on what Carolina does and the rookie scale obviously.

    I'm not trying to change your mind…just sharing my ideas with you. Trading back a couple spots could really go a long way in speeding up this rebuild. We are so far from “that one player away” it's not even funny! :(

  • stuckinraiderland

    I totally agree with the distinguished gentlemen in the NFL Live clip, with one exception. Of course, I insist that we must draft Jake Locker, as he is going to be the greatest quarterback in the history of the game. All of those years of failing to live up to expectations and generally deflating any hopes of UW were all a ruse, so that the Broncos would be sure to be able to blow a #2 pick on him. Nobody will see this coming!

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