Denver Broncos Surprising Year Could Have Been Even Better Without Draft Miscues

Chad MatejickaContributor IDecember 14, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 13:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 28-16.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Once the Jay Cutler to Chicago trade was completed, I was one of the few people who approved of the trade.  Long term he possessed health concerns and most importantly in the immediate future he did not carry himself with the leadership qualities that we were looking for to lead our team. 

Additionally, Denver could also gain two first round picks in back to back years to address the RB and multiple defensive positions that they desperately needed.  However, once the draft was complete, Denver passed up on Brian Orakpo who somehow fell all the well to them in favor of Robert Ayers and traded away their own #1 pick in 2010 to the Seahawks for a CB who does not even play.  

Yes Moreno was a good pick but with the way that the draft was panning out, passing up on Orakpo was a huge mistake considering how far he fell.  One can not argue with the selection of Knowshown Moreno, but the Broncos bigger need and priority was DE and with the caliber of Orakpo somehow still there, how could you not draft him? 

Instead the Broncos have an unproven college player in Ayers who has 16 tackles on the year and CB Alfonso Smith who barely plays and for which they traded their #1 pick 2010 when they moved up to #37 in the second round to take him.  

This is not a what if after the fact, this was straight up common sense for any of the Broncos brass who watched college football last year.  Orakpo at #12 and then trade your #1 in 2010 to move up in the second round to select LeSean McCoy.  McCoy and Moreno were very comparable in college and with McCoy still available, trading your #1 next year when you had two of them to address your RB spot, would have worked out perfectly.  

Orakpo, another defensive player at #18, McCoy and the Bears #1 pick in 2010 would look a great deal better than Ayers, Moreno, Alfonso Smith and the Bears #1 in 2010. 

All the Broncos need to do is look at the future defensive rookie of the year in Orakpo and one of the leading offensive rookie of the year candidates in McCoy to be reminded that they can not repeat their 2009 draft mistakes.