The NFL Draft begins on April 29 and the Denver Broncos have been listed as a team who could make a prospective trade on day one.
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) April 7, 2021
The offseason has been hot with trades this season and there’s no indication that teams are done doing business.
NFL’s Chad Reuter believes the Broncos will be a team that sacrifices draft picks in pursuit of help at key positions. He has Denver trading the ninth pick to the Carolina Panthers for the eighth overall pick.
“New Denver general manager George Paton was not part of the group that drafted incumbent QB Drew Lock in the second round two years ago, so he has no personal investment to consider there,” Reuter wrote. “Given that Paton has already said there will be competition at that position, the chance to acquire Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance or Alabama’s Mac Jones could be too good to pass up.”
Reuter also has the Broncos sending the Panthers a 2021 fourth-rounder and 2021 seventh-rounder for the eighth overall pick.
The Panthers traded for former New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and Reuters believes new Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer would be “happy” to stock up on draft picks.
In this scenario the question at large is if a potential quarterback would still be available at the eighth spot.
The Broncos are still looking for that competition Paton promised, but would a trade up to eight get the job done?
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