|04-20-2006, 02:38 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Broncos adding rookies
Broncos adding rookies
DEAL WITH 49ERS
By Bill Williamson
Denver Post Staff Writer
Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist recently said the upcoming draft would be more about adding value picks and depth to the roster than anything else.
In a move by the most active trading team in the NFL, the Broncos swapped their second first-round pick - No. 22 - to San Francisco on Wednesday for a second-round pick (No. 37) and a third-round pick (No. 68). Denver still has the No. 15 pick in the first round.
The Broncos have built an impressive cache of picks. Denver has four of the first 68 selections, the most of any team in the April 29-30 draft, and seven in the first four rounds. The New York Jets also have seven picks in the first four rounds. Denver has nine picks
overall and could use some to acquire more picks or trade for a veteran, such as Green Bay receiver Javon Walker.
Wednesday's trade was the Broncos' fourth involving a first-round pick since 2004 and their third involving a 2006 first-round pick. As a result of the flurry of trades, Denver has moved from No. 29 in the first round to the No. 15 pick, which it acquired last month in a three-way trade with Atlanta and the Jets. The No. 22 pick sent to the 49ers was acquired in a trade with Washington last April when Denver received a package of picks for the No. 25 pick in the 2005 draft.
According to a draft value chart used by most NFL teams, the No. 15 pick is worth 780 points. The No. 37 pick is worth 530 and the No. 68 choice is worth 250, making the trade a wash according to the chart.
Trading one of the first-round picks saves the team a first- round salary. The extra second- and third-round picks could be better financial values.
"We took advantage of a great opportunity to acquire a second first-round draft pick today after working out a trade with the Denver Broncos," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "We feel like we acquired more value by making the trade for this pick."
Sundquist said this week that the Broncos have plenty of flexibility.
Draft speculation points toward Denver targeting a receiver in the first round. The run on receivers likely will begin around the 15th pick, where Denver is slotted. The Broncos have brought in several receiver prospects for visits this week. Ohio State's Santonio Holmes and Florida's Chad Jackson are projected to be taken around No. 15. Denver could try to fill needs at running back and tight end on the first day as well.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said he expected moves like the one the Broncos made Wednesday.
"It's kind of interesting, because what Denver did there I kind of anticipated from a couple teams in that 20 to 30 range," Mayock said. "With the theory being, this draft this year, there is a vast similarity between the picks 20 and 40. There's an awful lot of good depth in there. A lot of teams have talked about moving out of there and trying to stockpile picks."
|04-20-2006, 03:00 AM||#2|
Fan of the home team
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Durango, Colorado
That third round pick is basically a late second round pick. One first round pick for two second round picks? My biggest complaint probably isn't going be THE picks but who they pick.
Thanks for the cool find.
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|04-20-2006, 03:01 AM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Arcadia, CA
Thanks for the article dragondawg. Remember in the future to always put a link to it as well at the beginning or end of the post.
|04-20-2006, 09:07 AM||#5|
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|04-20-2006, 09:28 AM||#6|
Join Date: Sep 2003
I do not think they are going to have Nine picks when it is all said and done. I really see them using the fourths to improve second and third round positions as needed.
Flexibility has been obtained with the two picks giving the Broncos the right values to move up in front of teams who might take the people they have targeted if need be. That includes going up into the 5-10 range if a player drops with two second rounders and an early third.