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QB Not Necessary In 2009 Draft

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to throw the ball against the Missouri Tigers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PunkusAnalyst IApril 3, 2009

After reading the reactions around the sports world, I am pleasantly surprised that many cooler heads have prevailed in reaction to the Jay Cutler trade.

Though most Denver fans would agree they wish this mess had never happened in the first place, there is no better happy ending than the deal that Denver got for Cutler.

Everyone's a winner. 

Cutler gets to go to the team that was his childhood fav.

The Bears get answer to their ongoing quarterback issues.

And Denver gets two first-round picks and one third-round pick to make them better over the next two years.

This young talent will learn from, and eventually replace, the aging veterans they recently acquired.

Denver also gets an intellegent young QB in Kyle Orton, who is a great fit for the system they will run this year.


Denver's QB Situation

Orton, as many have already written, is a solid quarterback. No one is saying he is the next John Elway, and no one would say he has Cutler's physical abilities.

But, what he does have is smarts and heart. 

I am not anointing Orton the quarterback of the future in Denver, but I do think that there is no need for Denver to waste an early pick in this years draft on another quarterback. 

Admittedly, Orton and Chris Simms would only be backups on every other team in the NFL. Yet, Orton has proved he can win as a starter, and is willing to battle and make himself better to earn that spot. 

I say let the battle begin!

Simms and Orton, get in that playbook and try to win yourselves a job.     

The Broncos would be better off using their plethora of picks to get the quality talent they will need on the D-line, the secondary, and well...the whole defense really

They need to fill these other needs, and give themselves a chance to see what these QB's can do.

Worst case scenario, you find out you don't have the right guy and the offense struggles this season because of it. But the team will still be stronger in other areas.

Then in the 2010 draft, you go get that franchise quarterback, if you find you need him.

Who would that be exactly?  Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim TeabowTake your pick!

Sanchez and Stafford are good QB's with a lot of potential, but if Bradford had declared this year, there would be no question about the No. 1 pick.

The key to success in the NFL draft is being able to look deep into the later rounds of the draft to pick up talent.

I hope the Denver Broncos look through to next year's draft and see that they can wait to get the talent they may need with two first-round picks.   

Good things come to those who wait.

So be patient, Broncos front office and fans, for greater value lies down the line, and you may find that the need you think you have is really not a need at all.  

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