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Broncos want to trade down?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2011 – 1:48 pm

According to the Denver Post in a perfect world the Denver Broncos would like to trade out of the number two overall pick.

Broncos beat reporter Mike Klis even insinuates that Buffalo could be interested in moving up one spot since they are perceived to be in the quarterback market. Here’s his take on the subject.

The Broncos’ preference is to trade back a few spots and pick up an extra pick but that will be difficult without a new collective bargaining agreement/rookie wage scale and if Carolina takes quarterback Cam Newton at No. 1.

Ideally, the Broncos trade back to either No. 3 Buffalo, No. 4 Cincinnati, No. 7 San Francisco or No. 8 Tennessee. Those four teams are in the quarterback market. So is Arizona at No. 5 but Cardinals GM Rod Graves almost never trades draft picks, and No. 10 Washington probably doesn’t have enough draft-pick ammunition to move up to No. 2.

In exchange for swapping first-round picks, the Broncos would pick up either a second- or third-round pick. But if Newton goes No. 1, I don’t see another team trading into the No. 2 spot for Blaine Gabbert. Maybe Buffalo would move up one spot to make sure no other teams behind them take Gabbert. Doing so, though, would probably cost the Bills their third-round pick, No. 68 overall.

Without cost certainty from a new rookie salary system, though, finding a trade partner willing to take on the No. 2 investment will be difficult and the Broncos are probably picking second.

Whether it’s legit or not we’ll never know, but he’s certainly right that if Newton is off the board, moving out from number two figures to be more difficult.


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