So...a few media posts actually had Denver proposing different trades to get from 12 to 1. Here's what they are:
Predominantly Orange (But mainly through Bleacher Report's Brad Gagnon) says they give up the 2024 No. 12 pick, 2025 first-round pick, 2024 third-round pick, 2025 second-round pick, and 2025 third-round pick.
Sports Illustrated mentioned about something in regards to ESPN's Bill Barnwell on how Denver should give up PSII, pick No. 12 and 2025 second- and third-round picks. However, there's a problem here...in order for the Surtain arithmetic to add up for (Matt) Eberflus, the Bears would have to decide to give 2021 first-rounder Justin Fields one last go-round as the starting quarterback. And there's no guarantee that'll happen.
After all, the Bears worked hard to qualify for the No. 1 overall pick, and it's a rare opportunity to have the pick of an entire draft litter, especially for a quarterback-needy team. That being said, if the Bears don't give up on Fields, then it becomes about bolstering the roster with blue-chip players to help him win. Adding Surtain to Chicago's defense would certainly help in such an effort, and combined with the draft capital Barnwell also includes in his prospective trade, Eberflus would have a few more premium darts to throw in 2025. The more appropriate way that both sides could actually be happy is if they commit to this trade: Surtain, pick No. 12, a 2025 first- and third-round pick. Why? If Denver was willing to give up its 2025 first-rounder, it might not have been necessary to throw their future 2nd in the process. For Payton and Broncos GM George Paton to feel comfortable relinquishing that much draft capital, they'd have to be as close to certain that the QB they're targeting was a lock to be a franchise guy.
Heavy.com's Josh Buckhalter proposed Denver to trade Patrick Surtain II, 2024 first-round pick (No. 12 overall), 2024 third-round pick, 2025 first-round pick, and 2025 second-round pick.
And according to Yardbarker, Mike Klis of KUSA-TV suggested they ship their 1st round pick and Jeudy/Sutton. Alone? It's unclear if that would be enough to please Chicago.
The Broncos are pretty much dead in the water without a franchise QB, and for them to keep up with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, C.J. Stroud, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, Tua Tagovailoa, Trevor Lawrence, and Justin Herbert in a crowded (but fully loaded) AFC, it must start with finding the right guy that Sean Payton absolutely likes and will consider developing, even if it means getting rid of one of your best star talent players. Look, I know how much the fans can hate that idea or trading PSII as it is, but...you have to make a choice here. Do you risk getting rid of so much draft capital for this year and the next? Or limit it by sending a generational talent (like Surtain)?
The bigger debate even starts to ponder over what Denver's plan is here. Do they want to take the "easy way" out and stay where they are/trade back for more capital? Odds are, you trade back and you invite other QB-needy teams to grab a QB ahead of Denver, which might not be the wisest idea, all things considered.
How should Denver fans view it, knowing that they're between a rock and a really rough place?