According to Draft analyst Chad Forbes, the Denver Broncos have been "having a lot of talks" with the Cleveland Browns about trading the 20th overall pick to them for pick number 33, the first pick of the second round of the draft. Forbes also mentions the Browns are talking to the Titans(pick 18) and Lion(pick 21) as well.
Heard Today Broncos are having lots of talks with #Browns about trading down. As are Titans & lions. Browns targeting pick between 18-21.— Chad Forbes (@NFLDraftBites) April 11, 2017
If the Broncos do go through with this trade, they would likely receive the Browns 2nd rounder(pick 33), another third rounder and likely another late rounder. This would bump the Broncos draft choices up to 12 total picks in a deep draft.
I know many will bring up Joe Thomas as a potential throw in, but I do not think the Browns will even entertain trading away their All-Pro left tackle. They signed guard Kevin Zeitler to a big free agent contract, as well as center J.C. Tretter. They extended their other guard Joel Bitonio too, so they have put a bit of emphasis on the offensive line. It wouldn't make too much sense for them to then trade away their All-Pro left tackle. Especially in a weak offensive tackle draft.
Trading away from pick 20 will likely mean the Broncos will miss out on running back Christian McCaffrey, tight end David Njoku, tackle Garett Bolles, tackle Ryan Ramczyk, and other top prospects they would consider at 20.
If they do end up with pick 33, prospects like Cam Robinson(maybe), tight end Evan Engram, WR/RB Curtis Samuel, a bunch of cornerback prospects, and potentially guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney.
This draft has a ton of value on day two, so getting another second and third rounder could go a long way towards helping to add some youth and some much-needed depth to the Broncos roster. Also, that pick 33 is a very valuable pick and could be traded again depending on who falls out of the first round(For example: Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith last year).
Keep in mind, this is just a rumor and the Broncos are likely to speak with many teams about trading up and down in the draft, but this move does make sense for both sides. The Browns have a boatload of draft picks, and the Broncos could use some more high draft picks to add depth and potential playmakers to their roster.
What do you think Broncos Country? Should the Broncos trade back in the first round of the NFL Draft? Or should they stand pat, or even trade up?