I was daydreaming about this today and an amazing scenario played out in my head. Of course that's the same place that I come home and Angelina Jolie is cooking me dinner wearing nothing but an apron and a smile, so take it for what it's worth.
The Broncos have the #1 overall pick (via Washington) and the 23rd pick (their own). The Broncos trade the #1 pick to to Cleveland for the 3rd overall, the Browns 3rd rounder, 5th rounder and 1st rounder in 2007. The Browns take the guy they would have taken this year, D'Brickashaw Ferguson. The reason they traded up for him? Because the 49ers have the 2nd pick and are dead set on taking him. The 49ers, now pissed off at missing out on Ferguson, go with their 2nd option, Reggie Bush. The Broncos are sitting at #3 with Leinart still there. What luck. But wait a minute, the phone rings and the Miami Dolphins want to talk trade. The AJ Feeley expirament has been a disaster, they need a QB to rebuild around. The Broncos then trade The #3 pick to Miami for the #5 pick, a 2nd rounder and a 1st rounder in 2007. Miami takes Leinart. Everyone's happy (except the 49ers).
The Lions resist the urge to take Santonio Holmes and go with Mathias Kiwanuka. The Broncos are on the clock again. They decide to finally choose someone and it's Mario Williams, DE, NC State. Tampa Bay is up next and snags Rodrique Wright. The Titans are up next, but wait? We have another trade! The Broncos trade Miami's 2007 1st rounder along with their 2nd & 3rd round picks in this draft for the 7th pick. The Broncos then happily select Eric Winston, LT, University of Miami.
Happy as they may be, they're not done yet. The Broncos then trade their own 1st rounder (23rd overall) along with Clevelands 3rd & 5th rounder acquired earlier to New Orleans for the 15th pick, which they then use to select Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon. At this point Orange Mane is in complete anarchy, as the anti-Shanahan faction are trying so hard to come up with something negative to say about the draft that their heads are ready to explode like the guy from Scanners
. The rest of us have all fainted.
The Broncos walk out of the 1st round with Mario Williams, Eric Winston, Haloti Ngata and multiple 1st rounders to work with the following year. It's nice to dream.