The Denver Broncos currently have the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but after John Elway’s comments to the NFL Network on Super Bowl weekend there’s some thought that Pat Bowlen’s club may try to move out of the number two slot.
According to the Denver Post, Broncos Team President John Elway said the following with respect to their plans with the second overall pick when he appeared on NFL Network over the weekend.
“We’re in the process of setting that board up,” Elway said. “The board is set, but as far as where we’re going to go with it, we don’t really know until we find out what’s going to go on the collective bargaining agreement, because obviously that second pick is an expensive pick if it stays as it is…. we’re hoping that the collective bargaining agreement comes together quickly, and then once that comes together we can kind of figure out our philosophy going into this draft.”
With three picks in the top 46, most believe Elway’s statement is an indication that if a new CBA is not reached prior to the draft that the Broncos will make every effort to trade down to avoid the possibility of handing out a huge signing bonus or guaranteed money of major proportions to the second overall choice as has been the case in prior drafts.
Lions second overall pick Ndamukong Suh last year got $40M guaranteed on a $68M deal.
Of course trading out of that spot could be easier said than done, knowing there are a lot of other clubs that hold the fear of the unknown with respect to a rookie wage scale, which prior to a new CBA being reached is completely up in the air.
Obviously the way this impacts the Bills is another NFL club with a completely different set of needs could leapfrog them at 3 and change the landscape at the top of the draft board very quickly.
If the Broncos do remain in the two hole, Elway gave a strong indication as to which side of the ball they’ll address, though it’s no secret.
“We have a lot of holes,” he said. “We were 32nd in defense last year. So obviously that is very much a concern.”
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