Denver Broncos 2012 Draft: What the Broncos Need to Do in the First Round

Zach PughContributor IIIApril 26, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 15: Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears looks on during a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 15, 2011 in College Station, Texas. The Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Baylor Bears 55-28. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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After months of speculation, the NFL Draft is here. Fans anxiously await for their team to be on the clock, with a hope that the first-round pick will be part of a core for the future.

So much build up for the prime time event only heightens the excitement for day one, unless your team trades out of the first round.

There is the possibility the Denver Broncos trade out of the first round. John Elway has said they're looking at all scenarios. You can make the argument for trading back to secure two picks in the second round, but there is an option that hasn't been talked about.

Strategy going into the draft does change with the addition of Peyton Manning, but only slightly. Under Tim Tebow, the model needed to be draft heavy on defense. Now, with Manning under center, the Broncos need to bring in an impact player on offense with the 25th overall pick. 

It would be great to see Lamar Miller or Doug Martin as a Bronco, however it's not necessary to spend such a high pick on a running back, when the offense produced the number one running game in the NFL last season.

The Broncos need to draft an impact receiver for Manning. Sure, everyone points to how Manning just makes everyone better, but if the Broncos are trying to win now, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas just won't be enough to threaten opposing secondaries.

Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd will be gone by the time the Broncos are on the clock, so the next best receiver on the board is Kendall Wright.

Wright would fit perfectly into the new no-huddle offense the Broncos will be running with Manning. Wright is coming from Baylor, where he played in a high-tempo spread offense. As a slot receiver, Wright would be able to create separation in the open field with his acceleration and could be a great downfield weapon.

If Kendall Wright is no longer on the board by the time the Broncos are up, they need to seriously consider Stephen Hill. Hill is another receiver that can make an immediate impact with Manning. At 6'4", Hill has the speed, size, and hands to threaten a defense.

John Elway wants impact players. Well, what more of an impact is there than a few options for Manning when he drops back?

If the model is to win now, the Broncos would be smart to make sure the weapons are around Manning on offense. Defensive tackle can still be addressed in the second round, and the defense will be even more improved with Jack Del Rio.