For those paying attention, many have been riveted to the development of Andre Smith in recent days. For those of you who aren't draftniks, Smith is an OT prospect from Alabama, many scouts have/had him rated as the top OT prospect and top prospect coming out of the draft, and possibly the 1st or 2nd overall pick. However, Smith seems to be delibertly sabotaging his shot at being a top 5 pick by first getting kicked off the Bama team right before the Sugar Bowl and now not showing up for the combine on schedule and then deciding to leave after rumors of having horrible interviews. Now the question is, what does this do for Denver's draft.
With Smith likely falling out of the top ten, it makes it more likely that he will be available when Denver picks, conversely, it also makes it more likely that players like BJ Raji and Rey Maualuga and Malcom Jenkins will all be off the board when we select at 12. Now there is no denying Smith talent, you aren't a starter for four years at Bama, all SEC, and all American without talent and dedication. And LT is generally the easist position to project at the next level, so many teams at the end of the draft will see a great value at 12 if Smith is still there and will be willing to make a deal to move up and grab him. This has been brought up in some other posts, but I don't think anyone thought Smith would be on the board when Denver drafted.
So teams that are in the back of the draft will likely be willing to part with more for the 12th pick if they think they will get a prospect that has top 5 talent and is rated as the best OT on the boards. This could mean not only extra draft picks this year, but likely another 1st rounder next year for the Broncos. The hope will be that Smith has a coming to jesus moment between now and his pro-day so he doesn't fall like Randy Moss did where teams view him as too toxic and teams will let him slide all the way down the 1st round, but he could be the best thing that happens for the Broncos on draft day.