2012 NFL Draft: Analyzing the Denver Broncos First Day

Daniel DonovanContributor IIIApril 26, 2012

Goodell never had the chance to announce the newest Bronco
Goodell never had the chance to announce the newest BroncoJamie Squire/Getty Images

The first round is over, and for those of us who sat around through a thankfully short first round, we will have to wait 24 hours to see who will be the newest Bronco. 

The Broncos made two moves to trade back on the first day of the draft, as the players they targeted were gone by the time their selection came.

First, they traded the 25th-overall pick to the New England Patriots for their 31st pick and 126th pick in the fourth round.

Then, when it was their turn to draft again, they chose to move out of the first round altogether by trading the 31st pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 36th pick and swapped fourth-round picks, moving up 25 slots from 126 (which they acquired from NE) to 101.

The overall perspective of this draft will obviously be judged down the road, and the idea of trading back was excellent when players like Dre Kirkpatrick, Melvin Ingram or Michael Brockers did not fall to them. However, there are positives and negatives to take away from day one.

First, San Diego somehow drafting Melvin Ingram. Ingram will be a star NFL pass-rusher and can be moved around, much like Von Miller (although not as solid as Gloom). The problem here is that San Diego just added another pass-rusher to free up Shaun Philips, who has shown that, without help on the other side, his is extremely mediocre.

No one predicted that Ingram would fall this far and, unfortunately for the Broncos, he dropped right into San Diego's lap. A dynamic pass-rushing duo like Ingram and Philips will wreak havoc on offensive lines so, for the Broncos, this is a bit of a downer.

Also, the second trade did not make as much sense to me, and hopefully some readers can help. This is not because of what the Broncos acquired, (actually according to the draft trade value chart the value was equal) but the fact that they passed on the chance to draft Doug Martin.

Martin seemed the best all-round back for a Manning-led offense, and instead the Broncos traded to a team in order for them to take Martin.

On the other hand, possessing three fourth-round picks, (and a high pick in the fifth) the Broncos now have a lot of flexibility to move around and target certain players. I would not be surprised to see a combination of Jerel Worthy, Kendall Reyes or Brandon Thompson, coupled with a dynamic player like Lamar Miller or LaMichael James in tomorrow's second round.

Plus, they can move into a slot to make two third-round picks, or jump up to grab someone like Brandon Boykins or Casey Heyward in the third.

Overall, a solid first day, and it's obvious the Broncos have another RB in mind (personally I like Miller) for better value. The accumulation of picks will go a long way moving forward. But the duo of Philips and Ingram will be a problem in pass-protection for the Broncos' O-line and the potentially fragile neck of Peyton Manning