Five Teams The Broncos Could Trade With To Move Up In The Draft

By Patrick Knight on April 15, 2020
ENGLEWOOD, CO – JANUARY 12: Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway fields questions from the media during a press conference to introduce Vance Josepf as the new head coach at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on January 12, 2017 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The NFL Draft is about a week away, and we should see things heat up over that time. General managers everywhere are trying to find the best value for their picks. That means teams are likely going to move around in the draft, and those moves could come in hot and heavy once the draft begins on Thursday April 23.

The Broncos may be interested in moving up in the draft. They have the No. 15 overall pick, but some of the talent they covet could be gone by that time.

Earlier this week, Albert Breer from Sports Illustrated highlighted that the Broncos are one of three teams who want to move up in the first round the most. He reported that the Broncos, Falcons and Buccaneers are looking to move up for help at offensive tackle.

Moving up for a tackle, inside linebacker or wide receiver is not out of the question for the Broncos. There are going to be runs on talent in this draft before the Broncos pick, and that could dry up the talent pool so much so that Denver’s top target is no longer on the board. This could prompt general manager John Elway to utilize some of the draft capital (five picks in the first three rounds) to move around in the draft.

Here are the five teams the Broncos could most likely trade up with.


5. San Francisco 49ers | No. 13

I think the 49ers and Broncos would be more likely to deal with the No. 31 overall pick rather than this pick, but let’s consider this move. The 49ers traded the Colts defensive lineman DeForest Buckner for this pick, and I think they are targeting a wide receiver here in this position. There is going to be a run on the position with the “big three” at the position being Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) and Henry Ruggs III (Alabama). The 49ers are in range for one of these receivers, so trading back may not be something the Broncos could do for a “regular” price.

Per the draft value trade chart, a move from 15 to 13 is worth roughly 100 points – the equivalent of an early fourth-round pick. This seems like a move the Broncos could do, so long as the 49ers believed the player they wanted would still be there two picks later. That likely means the Broncos could not trade up for a wide receiver as the 49ers would not want a potential starter taken by Denver just for a day-three pick. An agreement about who the Broncos would be getting would have to be in place before any such deal could occur.


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