John Elway: We have the draft ammo to make a trade

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The Broncos coaching staff spent this week at the Senior Bowl and got extended looks at both Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen as they started the process of making plans for their offseason pursuit of a quarterback.

That pursuit won’t necessarily end with them using the No. 5 overall pick on a signal caller. They could pursue a veteran in free agency or via a trade and Broncos General Manager John Elway said he feels the team has the draft picks to make the latter route a viable option.

“Any time you draft that high you have to make ’em count,” Elway said, via Mike Klis of KUSA. “We’ve got a lot of picks so we have the ammo also [to trade], so we’ve got to make sure we make them all count.”

The Broncos have five of the first 105 picks in the draft and nine picks overall. They stand to get a compensatory pick for tackle Russell Okung‘s departure in free agency as well, which gives Elway a lot to work with as he tries to improve on what he called a “miserable” 2017 season.

51 responses to “John Elway: We have the draft ammo to make a trade

  1. Denver is further away from contending than most assumed going into last season. They should look to deal back in the 1st round for more help along the oline(in addition to them possibly dealing Talib) because they will most likely be drafting high again next year and can grab their qb then.

  2. Good lord, who exactly are you going to trade for? Freaking Tyrod Taylor, or AJ McCarron? Unless Irsay goes on a bender and offers up Luck, there’s no QB available who’s worth trading for.

  3. The Browns are the ones Denver needs to worry about. The Browns will pick a QB with the #1 pick, but they also have the #4 pick (via Texans). The number 4 pick may be the last chance to land one of the big QBs. Denver may need to trade up one spot – there is going to be a lot of interest in that #4 pick.

  4. Good lord, who exactly are you going to trade for? Freaking Tyrod Taylor, or AJ McCarron? Unless Irsay goes on a bender and offers up Luck, there’s no QB available who’s worth trading for.
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    Don’t forget, Josh McDaniels is going to be coach of the Colts. Judging from past performance, his first act will be to alienate Luck, the, trade him for Osweiler.

  5. Good lord, who exactly are you going to trade for?
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    What if Gruden decides he can’t make it work with Carr? Maybe he’s got his eye on someone else…plus those extra picks to build up fast?

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    If the Browns and Giants take QBs with picks #1 and #2, then the Colts at number 3 hold the key to the early first round. With Luck coming back they have no need for a QB. They could trade out to a QB starved team and add some extra picks later on.
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  7. terripet says:
    January 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm
    Trade for Brady he has one year left he can still throw the three yard passes
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    Aah, little pet. You do know you will join the dark side after the Super Bowl with your newly minted ex Patriot coach as your head coach, right?

  8. What’s everyone else’s thoughts on Elways? The media has been polishing his under bits for years yet he all he did was “just add manning”. And once he was gone the defense suffered when the offense couldn’t sustain drives. It’s not like he saw something in a young QB and built a contender. He put his money on Paxton Lynch and was wrong and then after a mediocre year thought Simein would progress. Not exactly the genius people thought he was.

  9. Elway did well when he came in to run the team and wooed Peyton Manning. However, his more recent QB drafts of Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch are not looking so stellar. After coming last in his Division, he now has a high draft pick to find another QB, but another bust is unacceptable. The pressure is on for Old Horseface.

  10. The only other QB besides Manning to win a playoff game for them recently, is now playing minor league baseball.

  11. Go on and give Kaep a job. Everybody in Denver is, literally, a mile hi anyway. By the the time folks realize what happened he will have outplayed everybody on the roster….which ain’t gonna be hard to do. Fire Vance Joseph too! His public flogging’s will continue…and he plays with the dang headset too much!

  12. Elway needs to realize that he needs to rebuild. He had a dominating defense, but those don’t last and create only a short window. Franchise quarterbacks create longer window and he doesn’t have one. He can get another 3rd round pick for Talib and he should use his picks to rebuild.

  13. Elway is stubborn and probably doesn’t want to admit that all his QB draft picks are busts. So don’t expect QB situation in Denver to change anytime soon. Elway will try to fix the offensive line and upgrade the defense through the draft.

  14. somewhereone says:
    January 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    It’s useless. The Raiders will dominate the AFC-West for the next ten years.

    #RaiderNation

    #ReturnOfChucky
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    Where did I hear this before? O, yeah, 2 pre-seasons ago!!!!

  15. Would the Chiefs send Smith in the division for the 5th overall pick?

    He’s more of a sure thing than any of the QB’s coming out. Quite possible one of these rookies will have a stellar career. Maybe even two. But which one(s) is always the billion dollar question.

  16. What QB’s are available in free agency? Brees isn’t leaving NO, and he’s the only other QB in the league that’s any good. The rest of these QB’s in the league, outside of Brady, can’t be depended upon to win a playoff game. This is a problem for the NFL, they’ve run out of good QB’s!

  17. mrloser444 says:
    January 28, 2018 at 4:44 pm
    somewhereone says:
    January 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    It’s useless. The Raiders will dominate the AFC-West for the next ten years.

    #RaiderNation

    #ReturnOfChucky
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    Where did I hear this before? O, yeah, 2 pre-seasons ago!!!!
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    Correction! That would be EVERY year!

  18. willycents says:
    Don’t forget, Josh McDaniels is going to be coach of the Colts. Judging from past performance, his first act will be to alienate Luck, the, trade him for Osweiler.

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    Considering Cutler’s career, McDaniels was probably right about that one.

  19. rushbacker says:
    January 28, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    Good lord, who exactly are you going to trade for? Freaking Tyrod Taylor, or AJ McCarron? Unless Irsay goes on a bender and offers up Luck, there’s no QB available who’s worth trading for.

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    If Irsay starts talking about Luck being available I am going to interpret that as an injury update.

  20. truevision21 says:

    Go on and give Kaep a job.
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    I would rather have no quarterback. I would rather see my team go 0-16 than sign him. Matter of fact, if they signed him they would no longer be my team.

  21. Gotta be Mayfield… If we draft. If it’s a trade or free agency I’d love to see Alex Smith, then draft nothing but o-line!

  22. jackedupboonie says:
    January 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    Russell Wilson for Denvers next 3 1st round picks and this year’s 2nd.

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    zillabeast says:
    January 28, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    Russell Wilson to the Broncos has been picking up some traction. Sounds like an interesting move.

    At least wait until someone else posts before you change IDs and post again.

  23. I think Elway has heard the noise about doing nothing & so not only brought Kubiak in to advise, but has asked a lot of vets in the league on how to improve. Looking over the NFL, I would go with Alex Smith, Nike Foles or Case Keenum – Teddy Bridgewater if healthy. Then grab Mayfield or maybe someone in the 2nd-3rd round. It’s always a crap shoot in the draft for a QB & it would be 2-3yrs off. Trade – cut Sanders, Talib, DT & some others and get more picks.

  24. If Vance Joseph can’t coach, it won’t matter who the Broncos get in the draft or free agency. The Senior Bowl looked like a Vance Joseph coached disaster.

  25. rangerjohncom says:
    January 28, 2018 at 7:28 pm
    Kirk Cousins to Denver?

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    Cousins would cost a fortune. I think they might need to find someone to help them figure out a way to circumvent the cap for that to work.

  26. There are a couple of no cost options at QB. Colin Kaepernick and Johnny Manziel are free agents, and they are probably better than any QB currently on Denver’s roster. Give one or both these guys a one year contract and get rid of Osweiler.

  27. Mr Ed needs to get it right or he knows he’s as good as gone, so look for them to trade for a known QB, instead of drafting again and possibly missing again.

  28. I like Siemian, but he is kind of like Orton, good for 8 games, but not durable enough to last the season. Keep him as a #2, bring back Lynch, and see if he can make a Goff like jump, and draft a QB at 5.

    The problem they have, is that more teams than usual need a QB. Even saw a mock with Mason Rudolph going in the 1st last week.

  29. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 28, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    Elway is stubborn and probably doesn’t want to admit that all his QB draft picks are busts. So don’t expect QB situation in Denver to change anytime soon. Elway will try to fix the offensive line and upgrade the defense through the draft
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    Elway has already publicly stated that upgrading Qb is their biggest priority. Does that sound like an endorsement of their existing garbage?? You may go know. Time to put on your Brady pjs and Daddy will read you a good night story.

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