Ah, one of the favorite times of the sports year leading up to the draft! It seems there are at least two ways to look at the approach to this year's draft. One, is to focus on drafting to win now and the other is drafting to win next year and beyond. It's time to play "what if".
We trade up to grab Raji? Would another team take an extra third round pick to do so? Perhaps a pick and Tony Scheffler since he seems headed out the door when his contract is up anyway? I love Scheffler but me thinks he's in the same camp as Cutler and wants out of Denver.
We package both picks and grab a "franchise" quarterback? Well, it's debatable whether any rookie QB will work out (Does Ryan Leaf ring a bell). Personally, I think Sims or Orton will end up being a pleasant surprise. If I'm McDaniels I'll take a shot at winning this year but my priority is next year and beyond. Focusing on grabbing all the talent the Broncos can get at the expense of winning big this year figures a lot more acceptable to the Denver faithful than next.
We focus the first five picks on moving back in the draft to take a shot at finding one or more of those 3rd or 4th round "finds" that turn into a perennial pro bowler.
We trade one of this year's 1st round picks for extra picks in next years draft, say a 2nd and 4th or two 3rds and a player? Can you imagine next year having two 1sts, two 2nds, and perhaps two 3rds or 4ths as ammunition to move up and take a certain Texas quarterback?
We trade Scheffler (see FIRST YEAR) for a 2nd in next years draft? Given the previous scenario we would have two 1sts and 3 2nds in next years draft. In this writer's opinion Denver has never been in a more advantagous position in terms of options over the next two years.
Cutler may ultimately be remembered at the catalyst to the Broncos building a perennial Super Bowl contender for the next decade.