Good Morning, MHR! Just to recap if you were AWOL on the biggest day of the offseason (as I was), here were the Broncos' first-day selections: 1(12) RB Knowshon Moreno, 1(18) DE Robert Ayers, 2(37) CB Alphonso Smith, 2(48) FS Darcel McBath, 2(64) TE Richard Quinn. Denver traded today's two 3rd-rounders and their own 2010 1st-rounder to choose Smith and Quinn. They also received Pittsburgh's fourth-round choice (132) and still have Chicago's first-rounder in 2010 from the Jay Cutler trade.
Just looking at the pure value of the trades (since I missed the flow of the Draft), the going rate for a top-half 2nd-rounder in the current year is always a 1st-rounder the following year. As for the second trade, look at it this way - Denver moved up from 79 to 64, which is a move of 15 spots (pretty big). To do so, they moved back from 84 to 132 - sounds about right, to me.
DP - Mike Klis sums up Day 1.
DP - Jim Armstrong looks at what folks are saying about Robert Ayers.
DP - Krieger points out that McDaniels and Co. stuck to the board and took the best players rather than just fill needs (I couldn't agree more and applaud it).
DP - Woody doesn't like the choice of Knowshon.
DP - Klis and Jones offer draft notes, including the expectation that Tony Scheffler will not be traded today (if ever).
DP - Knowshon is apparently quite the bowler.
Y! - Here's the AP's take on the Broncos' first day.
NFL - I posted this yesterday, but take another look - Mike Mayock only had Eugene Monroe and Michael Crabtree ranked ahead of Robert Ayers and Knowshon Moreno.
SFC - David White checks out Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Raiders' first-rounder.
NFL - Bucky Brooks analyzes each pick of the first round.
NFL - Gil Brandt looks at the best players still available.
CBS - Chad Reuter also looks at the stars of Day Two.
NFP - Mike Lombardi offers a few thoughts on Day One, including his dislike for the Broncos' trade up to get Alphonso Smith.
SI - Here are Don Banks' Day One impressions.
FOX - John Czarnecki and Peter Schrager evaluate each choice.
CBS - Pete Prisco grades out each pick. I have a feeling he only liked the Broncos' choice of Darcel McBath because he attributes the pick to the Seahawks.
FOX - Alex Marvez looks at 10 moves that surprised him yesterday. He wonders if the drafting of Alphonso Smith means Champ Bailey's days are numbered.
Enjoy Day Two, and I'll see you in the threads! Go Broncos!!!!!!!!!