John Elway “open to trading” fifth overall pick

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Broncos General Manager John Elway wouldn’t mind picking up more draft picks.

Elway, whose team drafts fifth overall, said that he is interested in hearing from teams that want to move up.

“I’m open to trading,” Elway said of the fifth pick.

This year’s draft has four top quarterbacks in USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. So the Broncos will either have a shot at one of those quarterbacks, or will have their choice of the best non-quarterback in the draft, with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb atop most draft boards after the quarterback.

So that fifth pick will be valuable. Either for the Broncos or for someone else.

37 responses to “John Elway “open to trading” fifth overall pick

  1. He’s scared to use it because he’s bombed out drafting left and right.

    He knows that one more swing and a miss could be the end.

  2. Elway’s broadcasting for someone to take that pick off his hands but if one of those 4 QBs are still available, Broncos should draft one to backup Keenum who had a good year in 2017 but all his previous 6yrs were pretty darn lousy. If Keenum works out, shift the backup next yr for a good pick/trade. For such a key position you should have the best insurance, not Paxton Lynch.

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    The Broncos best outcome would be to have Barkley fall to #5. If Elway could add him to the newly signed Keenum, then maybe pick up some OL help in the later rounds, things could change quickly in Denver.
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  4. John Elway should know whose college skills transfer best to the NFL. He wants to move out of pick 5 overall and most likely take one of the college quarterback prospects in later rounds. Some first round QB picks become backups, it’s a difficult task to find a Franchise quarterback. Getting more chances or picks in the draft can work out better than giving up a lot.

  5. This bronco fan has been pointing out for years that Elway is usually weak in the first three rounds, Other than Von Miller there have been no probowlers, on the other hand Elway is good with late rounders and free agents both vets and rookies.

    So he should trade his first three picks for the entire 6th and 7th round.

  6. If you’re in the top 5, this is a smokescreen as opposed to to Quinn and the Lions who made the same announcement.It’s not a smokescreen when you’re picking 20th, it’s telling the world you have needs and thus losing bargaining power.

    Elway is playing the game right. Quinn is playing the game wrong.

  7. I think their “guy” is Josh Allen. If he is there they take him, otherwise I think there is a 90 % chance they trade down, no matter what. The Broncos do not put much emphasis on the draft and I am sure Elway does not want to miss on a player that high. especially a QB. Since wining the superbowl they have become passive, conservative and very frugal. They will not take many chances

  8. Elway realizes he needs more than one quality player, which is smart, than one quality player.

    I think he also realizes, like a few teams have as well, that Kyle Lauletta, Luke Falk and Mason Rudolph may have an NFL ceiling as high as any other QB rumored to be picked in the top 10-15.

  9. How about being “open” to getting whatever pick you have RIGHT?! Elway has NOT drafted well. Shane Ray? Osweiler? Paxton Lynch? He inherited a team with a great defense and added Payton Manning to win a super bowl. But he has not been very good at his job. Anyone that says otherwise either isn’t looking at facts or are just plain stupid

  10. dbatrox21 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 6:12 am
    New England, you’re on deck…

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    No, we’re not, but it’s shocking Elway would all of a sudden appear intelligent to trade back in a deep draft.

    Very unlike him to do good GM work other than opening up a checkbook for FA.

  11. 6ball says:
    April 20, 2018 at 7:26 am
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    The Broncos best outcome would be to have Barkley fall to #5. If Elway could add him to the newly signed Keenum, then maybe pick up some OL help in the later rounds, things could change quickly in Denver.
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    39 13 Rate This

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    Nope. They’re rebuilding. Like, REALLY rebuilding. Their O Line sucks and their front 7 is mediocre at best, along with that questionable secondary, not to mention Von Miller needs to be traded as he is way overpaid.

  12. playedthegame32 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 9:45 am

    How about being “open” to getting whatever pick you have RIGHT?! Elway has NOT drafted well. Shane Ray? Osweiler? Paxton Lynch? He inherited a team with a great defense and added Payton Manning to win a super bowl. But he has not been very good at his job. Anyone that says otherwise either isn’t looking at facts or are just plain stupid

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    Wrong. From that Super Bowl defense, Elway drafted or acquired: Miller, Wolfe, Williams, Jackson, Marshall, Ware, Talib, Harris, Ward, Stewart, Trevathan… the whole strating defense. Manning ran the offense, but Elway built the entire defense through the draft and free agency. He hasn’t been good the last 2 years, but to act as if he’s always been bad is just dumb.

  13. The person who said the Denver Broncos are rebuilding is right.

    The person who said that John Elway basically bought a Super Bowl was also right.

    None of the quarterbacks are worth the risk of being wrong for a second time and drafting an offensive guard or a running back at number 5 doesn’t look very appealing.

    Elway has basically plugged every hole in the sinking Broncos franchise so without having to draft for need and making a mistake he can wait for the best player available to fall into his lap twice.

  14. playedthegame32 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 9:45 am

    How about being “open” to getting whatever pick you have RIGHT?! Elway has NOT drafted well. Shane Ray? Osweiler? Paxton Lynch? He inherited a team with a great defense and added Payton Manning to win a super bowl. But he has not been very good at his job. Anyone that says otherwise either isn’t looking at facts or are just plain stupid

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    Wrong, Elway didnt inherit a GREAT defense. The season they went to the Superbowl vs the Seahawks, their defense was in the middle of the pack while the Offense was the best in the league. Denvers defense didnt become great until he fired Fox and Del Rio and got Wade Philips to run the Defense.

  15. promickey says:April 20, 2018 at 7:48 am
    John Elway should know whose college skills transfer best to the NFL.
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    Elway doesn’t know any more than you or I or the homeless guy. If he did know, then he’d already have his franchise QB and not drafting 5th.

  16. Doggz109, here is a free tip, you don’t gain picks by trading up, so this means he is willing to trade down. Perhaps a less challenging game may be the ticket for you.

  17. You B. Crazy says:
    April 20, 2018 at 10:31 am
    playedthegame32 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 9:45 am

    How about being “open” to getting whatever pick you have RIGHT?! Elway has NOT drafted well. Shane Ray? Osweiler? Paxton Lynch? He inherited a team with a great defense and added Payton Manning to win a super bowl. But he has not been very good at his job. Anyone that says otherwise either isn’t looking at facts or are just plain stupid

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    Wrong. From that Super Bowl defense, Elway drafted or acquired: Miller, Wolfe, Williams, Jackson, Marshall, Ware, Talib, Harris, Ward, Stewart, Trevathan… the whole strating defense. Manning ran the offense, but Elway built the entire defense through the draft and free agency. He hasn’t been good the last 2 years, but to act as if he’s always been bad is just dumb.

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    The key word there is “acquired”…Anyone can open a checkbook and wildly overpay people. It somehow worked, but if NE wasn’t the walking wounded in 2013 and 2015, you’re not in either SB.

    It was pure luck they sent out their B Squads to Denver in those years, especially the 2013 team which was completely decimated with injuries.

    He overpaid Welker, Talib, Sanders,and Ware. Manning, too. They all produced, so it worked out, but you’re now seeing the repercussions of such an approach.

    Wolfe is a PED case and not that good, Trevathan was not able to be kept due to cap hell, Sylvester Williams also is in that category, but was also a really big disappointment as a 1st rd pick.

    Jackson could also not be kept due to the cap hell you’re in. Hope it was worth it, because it will be many years before you become a SB contender again.

  18. eman2001 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 10:53 am
    The person who said the Denver Broncos are rebuilding is right.

    The person who said that John Elway basically bought a Super Bowl was also right.

    None of the quarterbacks are worth the risk of being wrong for a second time and drafting an offensive guard or a running back at number 5 doesn’t look very appealing.

    Elway has basically plugged every hole in the sinking Broncos franchise so without having to draft for need and making a mistake he can wait for the best player available to fall into his lap twice.

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    That was me. Of course I am right and I said it at the time. I was wrong in that I said it wouldn’t work, but the only reason it really did is because the Pats were sending out B Squads to Mile High in the 2013 and 2015 title games.

    They had no business in either game based on the insane amount of key injuries both teams sustained.

    They would have destroyed Denver if healthy, because they would have had the 1 seed in both years and we know how Manning does in Foxborough in January.

    It magically came together for them and the key word there is “magically”.

    Elway is out of magic.

  19. Got some dreamers here. Barkley will be LONG gone by #5. Gints want another Super Bowl and their window is closing soon. Picking a back up QB isn’t going to help their prospects of getting there. Barkley is the missing piece in their minds.

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