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Published on 04/26/2012 at Thu Apr 26 22:00.
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Trent Richardson, Dont'a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick

Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower, left, could have been drafted by the Broncos 25th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

We can debate whether the Denver Broncos should have stayed put at either #25 or #31 till kingdom come. It’s true that two fan favorites– Dont’a Hightower and Doug Martin — came off the board right at those spots.

Here’s something that needs no debate — the Broncos lost value in their two trades tonight.

At the end of the day, the Broncos traded the 25th overall pick for the 36th overall selection and the 101st pick. According to the NFL draft point value chart, that’s a net loss of 86 points.

Those points themselves represent a fourth round draft pick.

But many argue the draft point value chart is a controversial, somewhat subjective relic that should be updated following the new CBA and slotted rookie salaries. Fair enough. Disregard the points. Simply consider the Baltimore Ravens tonight.

They Ravens traded the 29th pick for the 35th and 98th overall picks. They traded a worse first round pick for better compensation. That’s bad no matter how you slice it. The Broncos worked the phones, but they didn’t work them well enough.

The Broncos aren’t in bad shape. They can still get one of the guys they want at 36. But it’s clear from the Baltimore trade that they could have gotten better value tonight.

The Denver Broncos traded out of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Do you approve?

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  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I completely approve of trading out of the first round. The compensation that we received in doing so is what I don’t approve of.

  • bummer

    FEX did a crappy job tonight, as usual when they attempt to trade.
     
    They can now draft plenty of average talent that will in no way make us a team that can compete with the elite teams – NE, Pitt, GB, NY, Balt, etc. We have become the joke team the ‘good’ teams laugh about.

    Question: when Bellicheat needs a bitch, who does he call first, Xanders or Elway?
     

     
     

  • millertime

    maybe we should have hired someone from Baltimores front office? this article makes me sick to my stomach.

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    They announced both of their trades several turns before they were up. Hold out for better picks EFX!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, just disappointing. I’m sure we’ll see a couple fare picks but its not gonna make me feel all warm and fuzzy, thats for sure!

  • millertime

    great point. Our front office came off looking like rookies tonight.

  • Disappointed Bronco fan

    The Bronco’s management got fleeced by Bellichek.  To get just a 4th round pick was a terrible move.  Is this budgetary due to cost of Manning?

  • 5280

    psssh Whatever.  “draft point value chart”? loss of 86 points? really? If who ever they pick ends up being pro bowlers then all thats out the window. “one of the guys they want at 36.” how on earth does anybody know who they want except them? point blank everyone is just mad they moved out of the 1st round, including me. but im not gonna pretend i know that it was a bad move until i see the results. theres still a lot of good players on the board that can come in and potentially start and do well for us. i dont know about you but i would love to get stephen hill in the 2nd round. quit wining and making up stupidness about why it was stupid to move out of the 1st round.  i would have like to see them grab some one in the 1st round too but they can still get some solid pieces.

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    As I write in the post — OK, throw out the draft point value chart argument. Broncos still got fleeced. The Ravens trade shows that.

  • Virginiabronco

    simple answer…. YES

  • Anonymous

    Ditto

  • Anonymous

    Ummm im pretty sure we all made it clear we are upset about the trade value and not moving out of the first.

  • Josh Ninagardner

    Man you guys are right, cause only 1ST round players can be starters or pro bowl players, i’m so stupid to think other wise. If the player they want is there at 36 then why not get an extra pick and move up on another pick?

  • Snipe

    Why is that bummer? Was the elite talent drafted already? If we wanted one of several DT, and they are still there, how is that crappy trading?

  • Snipe

    If we still get our guy, got one more pick and moved up to the start of the 4th round, how is that so terrible. Quit being a baby.

  • doc

    OK FEX, just what is the biggest need right now for this team? DT.OLB,DE,RB, or DB…….you had a starter for the taking but chose to give it away to NE and Tampa Bay. Maybe we WILL get lucky and still get a startable D-lineman, but after that I think you’re rolling the dice to find that “diamond in the rough” – could have managed this draft better beginning with the Tebow trade.

  • doc

    OK FEX, just what is the biggest need right now for this team? DT.OLB,DE,RB, or DB…….you had a starter for the taking but chose to give it away to NE and Tampa Bay. Maybe we WILL get lucky and still get a startable D-lineman, but after that I think you’re rolling the dice to find that “diamond in the rough” – could have managed this draft better beginning with the Tebow trade.

  • Ninjaix

    I liked that they traded out an yes they could have gotten better value from NE but I think they gave away the 31st to TB they swapped both picks! Come on EFX u moved back 5 spots from 31 to 36 only to move up from 126 to 101???? That’s weak!!! Again I like that they moved but should have gotten better picks!

  • flbronc

    so 36 won’t start?

  • Reddog 5280

    Who the hell is in charge of the calculator?…. Elway said he had several calls about moving down,…. Well, what do you do? … you work them against each other. Come on John, did ya ever walk into one of your auto dealerships,… Come on John, screw them on their trade in!…. Get one of your sales managers to do your trades.

  • Anonymous

    Well lookie who we got here…

  • King

     I agree.  I was thinking, “it’s amateur hour at Dove Valley” last night. 

    One giant facepalm for EFX. 

  • David Fostor

    Elway really blew it this year…again.  The guy has got to go.

  • 69rodman

    Look at it this way: efx traded hightower and martin for BO and hillman + some nobodies that will be cut after camp
    horrible draft and picks