According to John Elway, the Broncos are considering trades around the fifth-overall pick in the draft, this would be a wise decision for them to make.
When mock draft season started at the end of the NFL season, people were thinking that the Broncos would draft a quarterback at No. 5 pick. People were trying to decide if it was the big-bodied Josh Allen or the outspoken Baker Mayfield. Well, now it could be neither. If the Broncos trade the fifth pick, they probably won’t get either.
However, the New York Jets trading up and the Broncos signing Case Keenum have shifted the lens. Now, maybe the Broncos should hope Saquon Barkley falls to them to replace C.J. Anderson. Maybe they want Denzel Ward opposite Chris Harris after trading Aqib Talib. But maybe, maybe they can get slightly lesser versions of both with a trade.
If the Broncos trade back, it would likely be with the Bills or, less likely the Patriots. Either situation would probably result in two first round picks this year, and maybe an additional pick in either this draft or the next.
Two picks late in this years draft would allow the Broncos to fill the holes they have right now. Case Keenum will likely be the quarterback for the next two years, so quarterback isn’t an immediate need. Not to mention, there could be two or three quarterbacks off the board by their pick. Having your third choice quarterback is not something that it worth two picks right now to fill holes.
By trading back, the Broncos could get two top talents and fill the holes they’ve created at running back and cornerback. They would almost definitely be able to get Derrius Guice and Josh Jackson or Jaire Alexander. By getting players, each of whom are certainly in the top 2-3 at their position in this draft, the Broncos would be ready to compete now.
Considering a trade is the smartest thing for the Broncos right now.