Shawn Zobel of DraftHeadquarters.com reported earlier today that the Denver Broncos are in talks to trade out of the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. The teams said to be talking to the Broncos are the Arizona Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams are reportedly pursuing quarterback Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri.
A trade like this, if successful, will shake up the entire draft. This holds very true for the Buffalo Bills for two reasons.
One: Gabbert is a prospect who has been linked to the Bills throughout the draft process. If the Cardinals or the Bengals are successful in trading up for him, that removes a prospect from the Bills’ draft board.
Two: If the trade occurs, it means that another prospect, who has been projected by many to the Broncos, will be available. A prospect who happens to be the number one player in the draft, according to Mike Mayock of NFL Network, among others.
That prospect would be Marcell Dareus from Alabama. Mayock posted his top 32 players in the 2011 Draft on nfl.com and this is what he had to say about Dareus: “This is my favorite player in the country this year. He has tremendous foot speed for a player his size. He can play the nose, the three-technique and showed he can play the five-technique."
If the Carolina Panthers take quarterback Cam Newton, and whoever completes the trade with the Broncos takes Gabbert, the Bills are in a great position to take Dareus, arguably the best player in the draft, with the third overall pick.
He fits the Bills well because of his versatility. As Mayock wrote, he can play multiple positions across the defensive line. With head coach Chan Gailey continuing to talk about running a hybrid defense, switching back and forth between a 3-4 and 4-3 front based on the situation, Dareus would be a valuable asset. He would be able to play any position in the 3-4 and play defensive tackle in the 4-3.
Only time will tell if the Denver Broncos trade out of the second overall pick. If they do, it certainly opens up an option for the Buffalo Bills that most did not think would be available.