Peyton Manning: How His Rumored Visit to Denver Impacts the 2012 NFL Draft

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 9, 2012

Peyton Manning could be heading to Denver, a team he eliminated from the playoffs more than once.
Peyton Manning could be heading to Denver, a team he eliminated from the playoffs more than once.Rob Carr/Getty Images

Huge news out of Denver from Woody Paige and Mike Klis of the Denver Post:

Peyton Manning will be in Denver tonight visiting with the Broncos, according to two NFL sources.

So what would Manning in the Mile High City mean for the draft?

Denver may look to deal Tim Tebow for picks

Manning will want to install his own offense, one that would probably not play to Tebow's strengths (that's an understatement).

There has to be at least a few owners or coaches that watched the sensation Tebow created in Denver and want that for their team. Jacksonville would be an obvious fit because of the huge Tebow fanbase in the region. Seattle already has a run-heavy offense, so they could become players for him.

It's hard to imagine Tebow running any offense crafted to the skills of Peyton Manning.

Denver would have more urgency to look for offensive line help in the draft

I believe that the team needs to upgrade from Zane Beadles at left guard and J.D. Walton at center. Presumably, Jeff Saturday would come with Manning, and Orlando Franklin could shift inside to guard if the team drafts a right tackle-ready lineman like Iowa's Riley Reiff or Georgia's Cordy Glenn.

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We are about to witness an epic game of quarterback musical chairs. It was assumed that there would be more chairs than quarterbacks, but Denver was not on the short list of teams in the market for a new QB this year. Supply decreases while demand stays the same.

Klis and Paige also report that a source tells them Manning will visit Arizona and Miami after Denver, but we'll leave the analysis of that possibility for when we get more definite word of those visits.

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