Will Broncos Feel Trade Winds Blowing at NFL Draft?

Ryan AyarsCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

KANSAS CITY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Tony Scheffler #88of the Denver Broncos stands on the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 33-19.  (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I have two trade proposals that I have been thinking about, and others on this board are starting to realize as well. So, I'm going to take the chance to write about them before they become a common thread.

Trade Scenario One

"Ohhh, we've got trouble! Right here in Denver City! That's a capitol 'T' that ends with 'E' that stands for Scheffler!"

According to last year's stats, if Scheff stays healthy he is a top-five TE producer in the NFL. He was Jay Cutler's best friend. He publicly criticized the firing of Mike Shanahan. After Cutler was traded, an "unknown Bronco" publicly criticized this move as well. I speculate that this was also Tony. 

Tony also wants to be a receiving threat in the NFL. The Broncos' new offense will hamper his production, the same way it did Daniel Graham in New England.

I believe his days are numbered in Denver—about three days left, to be exact. The trading of Scheffler could change the whole outlook of the Broncos' first day draft. 

Here is my speculation:

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The Broncos will trade Tony Scheffler and their fourth round choice (114) to the Detroit Lions for their second round choice (33). 

The Lions are in need of a hefty TE threat. Scheff will give them, and possibly newly acquired QB Matt Stafford, another receiving threat to go along with the incredible Calvin Johnson.

The Broncos will gain another second round pick. This changes a lot in Denver's draft. With this No. 33 overall pick, the Broncos will shore up their defense in choosing James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State. What an incredible value in the second round! 

Laurinaitis is a team captain on a nationally recognized NCAA team, the second best ILB in the draft (No. 1, IMHO), and the second coming of Brian Urlacher!

At the No. 48 spot, the Broncos will pick Patrick Chung, SS/FS, Oregon, who has great size and tenacity. This guy will learn a lot behind Brian Dawkins and could start in place of Renaldo Hill. "No, Ron Brace," you say. Hold on, I'm getting to that.

Trade Scenario Two

Moving into the third round, the Broncos find themselves with two picks—No. 79 and No. 84. 

Cleveland has an issue on their hands similar to the McJaygate issue—that was so fun to go through here in Denver. Shaun Rogers (NT) wants out—so much so, the Broncos almost got him in the trade for Jay Cutler. 

Due to recent trades, the Browns do not have a third round choice. The Broncos will trade their No. 79 and No. 84 picks to the Browns for Shaun Rogers and their fourth round (104) and sixth round (177) picks. 

The Broncos may get away with trading one third rounder and a fourth rounder as well. Rogers would no doubt solidify the nose tackle position and Denver's new defensive line. To me, he is well worth the two third round picks because Denver was probably looking at D-line help in this round. 

The Browns won't be playing Denver in the regular season this year, so they don't have to worry about seeing Rogers for another year. Plus, the Broncos add another fourth round pick, to find a QB, NT, K, OG, or C.

With these new trades, Denver's draft may change significantly.  Here is what my alternate mock draft looks like.

Round One

12. Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU (possibly B.J. Raji if he falls to No. 12)

I think this is the beast we're looking for in Denver.  He would be a perfect 3-4 defensive end and is a good value here.

18. Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

He can play ILB and OLB in the 3-4 and is a Zach Thomas-type guy. He will bring the Denver defense up a notch just by showing up to practice.

Round Two

33. (From Detroit for Tony Scheffler) James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State

48. Patrick Chung, SS/FS, Oregon

Round Three

Denver trades No. 79 and No. 84 for starting NT Shaun Rogers.

Round Four

104. (From Cleveland) Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas

He is 6'5", 315 and can play center and guard. He will dominate after a couple of years of NFL training.

114. Sammy Lee Hill, DT, Stillman

He is a big nose tackle prospect. I think he would be a great value at this pick.

Round Five

149. Trevor Canfield, OG, Cincinnati

He measures 6'5", 295 and has room to bulk up. He will add great depth and could start in a couple of years at guard.

Round Six

177. (From Cleveland) Arian Foster, RB, Tennessee

Once a top draft prospect, Foster now may have something to prove. He is a good blocker and receiver.

185. Hunter Cantwell, QB, Louisville

He is a good project player for Mcdoughnut.

Round Seven

225. Patrick Turner, WR, USC

He is 6'5", 220 and a Mike Williams-type guy. He would have huge upside at this pick.

235. Pierre Walters, LB, Eastern Illinois

He has Lance Briggs-esque size. He could be a freak, could be a bust.

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