Growing sense that the Broncos would like to move back from #10— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) April 17, 2019
Who would come up? Washington?
This news throws a big wrench into those who assumed that the Broncos were eyeing Drew Lock or Dwayne Haskins at 10th overall. However, this scenario has always been in play, and probably the most ideal scenario for the Broncos.
First, it would allow them to acquire extra picks for the 2019 and ideally a 2020 first-round pick in return for 10th overall. That way they can use the 2019 picks to help build up their roster under new Head Coach Vic Fangio and also allow General Manager John Elway to use that 2020 first-round pick on a quarterback in next years class(Justin Herbert is a name to watch).
Allbright mentions Washington as a name to watch and it makes sense. They lost Alex Smith to a gnarly leg injury last season and just have Case Keenum and Colt McCoy at quarterback currently. They need a quarterback badly and have the 15th overall selection in the draft which means they are on the outside looking in on the quarterback market. So jumping to 10th overall, ahead of Bengals and Dolphins makes sense for them.
Washington has two third-round picks and two fifth-round picks to deal and I would demand their 2020 first-round selection in any deal as well. They seem like a team destined to have a bad 2019 season, so that first-round pick could be VERY valuable next season.
Trading back in this draft in particular makes a ton of sense because of talent you can get from say pick 20 to 60. It’s a very deep second tier group in this class and the drop off in talent is very minimal. So acquiring as many picks as possible in this area is something a lot of teams are trying to do.
Here are some of the prospects that I can see the Broncos eyeing if they decided to trade back.
- Tight end’s Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson
- Center Garrett Bradbury
- Guard Cody Ford
- Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins
- Cornerback Byron Murphy
- Guard Chris Lindstrom
- Guard Dalton Risner
- Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf
- Wide receiver N’Keal Harry
- Defensive Lineman Jerry Tillery
The Broncos have brought in multiple top interior lineman and they should start coming off the board around 20th overall so if they trade back around there, they can get their pick of the litter. Bradbury would step in as a day one starter at center, Lindstrom would be a stud at guard, Risner brings versatility, and Cody Ford would be an intriguing tackle to guard transition player for the Broncos as well.
The odds of Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenson falling too far in the draft seem slim, but if they do, have to imagine that the Broncos would be interested in one or both of them.
Another positional group the Broncos have been showing interest in is the interior pass rushers. Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery is another name to watch. He would step in right away as a sub-package pass rusher for the Broncos and give them an interior pass rush they have lacked since Malik Jackson.
One name that is being overlooked and one that would be a PERFECT scheme fit for Vic Fangio’s defense is Washington cornerback, Byron Murphy. You have Chris Harris Jr. skipping out on practices, entering
FInally, a dark-horse pick we could see early in the draft is wide receiver. Emmanuel Sanders is entering the final year of his deal and has injury questions surrounding him. Getting a top receiver to pair with Sutton and Hamilton down the road could be in play. They have done work on Deebo Samuel, N’Keal Harry and could be interested in a D.K. Metcalf if he falls some during the draft.
So what do you think MHR? Do you want the Broncos to trade back and collect picks or stay at 10th overall and take a blue chip prospect?
Do you want the Broncos to trade back from 10th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft?
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No! Take BPA at 10
No! Take a QB at 10