What if I told you that John Elway and the Denver Broncos had Garett Bolles marked as their Plan B option in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and that Plan A involved some crazy blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns that would have sent both Christian McCaffrey and Joe Thomas to Denver?
Denver explored a trade up for Christian McCaffrey, inquired about Joe Thomas' availability, but ultimately stayed put at 20 for an OT.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2017
Pretty sure this trade would have broken Mile High Report. In the end, McCaffrey went to the Carolina Panthers and the trade would never have a chance to materialize.
Then there were reports about Elway and company wanting to move up in the second round to get some explosive playmaker. It appears that too didn’t happen, multiple times.
Elway said tried to trade up in 2nd rd. Didn't say for who. Didn't happen and said he was "lucky" DeMarcus Walker was there at 51. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 29, 2017
The rumors there were one failed trade to move up for tight end Adam Shaheen and another to get Joe Mixon.
In the end, Elway felt fortunate that a talent like DeMarcus Walker fell into their laps anyway. It may turn out that, sometimes, the best move you make is the one you failed to make.
Could Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft feature the Broncos first successful trade of the event?
Broncos draft picks
|1||20||Garett Bolles||OT||Utah||Scouting Report|
|2||51||DeMArcus Walker||DE||Florida State||Scouting Report|
|3||82||Carlos Henderson||WR||Louisiana Tech||Scouting Report|
|3||101||Brendan Langley||CB||Lamar||Scouting Report|
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