On MMQB this morning, Albert Breer noted that the Denver Broncos were one of three teams exploring options to trade up in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The target spot looks to be the Jacksonville Jaguars at #9.
O.K., so who is looking at trading up? Three teams that seem to be investigating it pretty pointedly: Tampa, Denver and Atlanta. The Bucs and Broncos, I’ve heard, could be going up for one of the top four linemen (Becton, Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs and Andrew Thomas), making Jacksonville’s slot, at No. 9, a potential hotspot, given the needs the Browns and Jets have at 10 and 11. It’s not as clear what the Falcons would be pursuing, though GM Thomas Dimitroff has always, in the past, been more proactive than most in looking at the option of moving up.
Looking at the old school draft trade value chart, the Broncos would be looking at a 300 point difference. That would equate to a late second-round pick. Quite a hefty price to move up six spots.
While I agree with Ryan Edwards of Broncos Country Tonight that if the Broncos do trade up it’ll be for a wide receiver, it is interesting that Breer had the team focused on one of the big four offensive tackles instead.
I don’t think Denver will trade up anyway. Wood Paige, who correctly called the Broncos trade down scenario last year, tweeted out this weekend that he believes 2020 will be more like 2019 in that Denver will likely look to trade down. That might be the better decision even if one of the top three wide receivers is still on the board.
If Denver does trade in the first round, which way would you prefer?
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