Denver Loses Out On Another Franchise Quarterback

jeremy barilCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns throws a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.   The Longhorns defeated the Buckeyes 24-21.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I've researched various media reports about Denver trading a first-round pick for a second-round pick in this year's draft for cornerback Alphonso Smith. 

For the most part it was widely speculated Denver traded Chicago's 2010 first-round pick for the second-round pick, but it was actually Denver's 2010 first-round pick. Next year they'll still end up with a first-round pick, but if Chicago does well that first-round pick becomes a bottom-10 pick. 

If Denver falls on their face this year, this will only add more insult to injury because Seattle will have their top-10 pick in the 2010 draft, one where they could've had a chance at landing a franchise quarterback like Colt McCoy or other premier studs not seen in this past year's very weak draft. 

Just looking at next year's draft in no particular order of some studs: 

QB Tim Tebow, QB Sam Bradford, QB Colt McCoy, SS Taylor Mays, DT Gerald McCoy, OT Russell Okung, WR Dez Bryant, WR Brandon Lafell, SS Eric Berry, among others. 

Now instead of having a chance for McCoy, Denver will be hoping and praying Chicago fails with Cutler so there only pick in the first round ends up being much better. 

Alphonso Smith may end up being a solid nickel back at 5'9", but he'll struggle against wide receivers 6' or taller. Not only is he short, but he had a 34" vertical at the combine. He's going to struggle against tall wide receivers with hops. 

Looking at wide receivers in the AFC West, about the only wide receivers Smith will have a chance at covering would be Bobby Engram, Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chris Chambers.  

If Smith doesn't become a starting cornerback in this league he's going to be looked at as a major bust, especially if Denver ends up being among the top 10 worst teams in the league which is quite possible. 

Combine the trading of Jay Cutler with the disastrous idea to trade for Alphonso Smith with a very difficult schedule and Josh McDaniels tenure in Denver becomes tenuous at best. 

Unless Denver goes 8-8 and improves as the season goes on McDaniels head will be on the chopping block. Had he been smart he would've realized attempting to trade for Matt Cassel was a mistake. He should've kept Cutler and put his whole focus on the defense thus improving the team just enough to be in playoff contention.