We know what's transpiring right now, do we trade Cutler? How many picks? Well I want to focus on one important event not too far and that's the Draft in NYC. I'll do my best to make that event in person and even write about my experience there but off to work.
Denver has the 12th pick but what does that mean? Well this player, whomever we draft, will have an immense amount of pressure to do the following 1) compete immediately. 2) Overcome the transitional challenges that college players endure in the NFL. 3) Contribute toward the salary cap without having played a down in the NFL.
Personally, I'd like to trade down from the 12th spot because I believe we can acquire the same talent in various needy positions (S, CB, DL, WR). Here is a key note to consider: The rookie pool is, essentially, a cap within a cap. Denver would have to pay:
12th pick $1,400,000
58th pick $590,000
79th pick $350,000
110th pick $234,000
My source is http://www.footballdynastyleague.com/FDL/Salaries.htm and its to serve as a barometer of what is expected to be paid this year. What it doesn't include is the guaranteed signing bonuses that also effect our salary cap. I know I didn't include any other information after 110th pick but the next pick and beyond will all be $232,000.
My concern is this, who is worth the investment and how much are we willing to spend? I'll present some choices that have been popular in the first round. There have been some risers and some fallers and expect some changes in the meantime.