Broncos-Buccaneers Trade: Breaking Down the Specifics of the Deal

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2012

Doug Martin is a Buccaneer.
Doug Martin is a Buccaneer.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Broncos clearly feel that their top prospects will be there in the second round, as they have traded for a second time, and are now completely out of the first round.

The Broncos moved up in the fourth, from the 126th pick the 101st pick, in exchange for swapping their 31st pick for the Buccaneers' 36th pick. The Buccaneers then selected RB Doug Martin out of Boise State.

Winners

Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers missed out of Trent Richardson, but in reality, Martin can be a great improvement for the running game in his own right, at a fraction of the cost. They gave up the fourth-round pick they got for moving down from No. 5 to No. 7, so they leave the first round with their targets, and no extra capital spent.

Running Backs: The position was devalued in free agency, but sneaking two running backs into the end of the first round surely shows that at least young talent at the position is still valued.

Losers

Denver: The Broncos have been linked to Miami (FL) RB Lamar Miller, and with Martin and then David Wilson going at the end of the first, they have to sweat the Rams and Colts targeting their running back as both teams have a long term need at running back.

Sure, the Broncos added a couple of mid-round picks, but they are in a win-now window and need an impact player for 2012. The further they trade down, the less likely that becomes. The Steelers, Chargers, and Patriots all got better tonight. The Broncos didn't.

LeGarrette Blount: The Tampa running back had a terrific 2010, and a terrible 2011. New head coach Greg Schiano didn't want to wait around to see how he would do as the primary back in 2012.

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