Giants, Browns can aid in Denver Broncos QB search

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The New York Giants and Cleveland Browns can actually aid in the Denver Broncos’ quarterback search in the 2018 offseason…

The Denver Broncos are in the hunt for a quarterback in the 2018 offseason, but they aren’t alone.

Nearly half the league will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason, in some capacity or another, and the Broncos may need a little bit of luck circumstantially to land a player they may actually covet.

Picking ahead of the Denver Broncos in the 2018 NFL Draft are the Cleveland Browns (twice) and New York Giants, both of whom are rumored to be interested in taking quarterbacks with their top pick.


If ever there was a convenient year to need a quarterback, this is it. Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson all lead a group of quarterbacks that is as entertaining as I can remember.

But like I said, to get the player they covet, the Broncos may actually need a little bit of luck on their side. Thanks to some interesting developments, we just might be on the right track…

The Cleveland Browns can help the Broncos out first and foremost by trading for Alex Smith. Smith would be out of the AFC West and while Patrick Mahomes’ ceiling is higher (in my opinion), it would put the Broncos on an almost even playing field with arguably the top competition in the division.

Second, the Browns can help the Broncos by taking Josh Allen with the number one pick. With rumors of Sam Darnold and Josh Allen both not wanting to play for Cleveland, this quote from Wyoming’s Josh Allen could be a difference maker in the process:

Why is this great news?

Well, the Browns taking Allen with the top pick in the draft automatically pushes more desirable players down the board. Allen is an intriguing prospect with maybe the biggest arm in the draft, athleticism, and the ability to make ‘wow’ throws. But he might also be the most maddening player in the draft when it comes to inaccuracy and inconsistency.

Allen going off the board first increases the chances substantially that the Broncos will be able to land a player like Rosen, Darnold, or Mayfield at pick number five overall.

What would increase those chances even more substantially?

The New York Giants are hiring Pat Shurmur as their new head coach, and new general manager Dave Gettleman will have a decision to make when it comes to the immediate future of the franchise.

Manning is 37, so based on what we’ve seen from his brother, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and a number of other historic quarterbacks through the past few years, he could possibly play another three seasons depending how his body holds up.

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Now, this report does not prevent the Giants from taking a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, but they may be more inclined to draft someone else (perhaps trade their pick as well) or sign someone that is familiar with Shurmur.

The Minnesota Vikings, where Shurmur is departing, have three quarterbacks with expiring contracts. I don’t think the Giants would try and sign Case Keenum to a long-term deal after the season he just put together with the Vikings, but they may be intrigued by Teddy Bridgewater and/or Sam Bradford as options behind Manning along with Davis Webb or another QB in this year’s class.

These might be big ‘ifs’ but if the two scenarios I’ve just outlined come to fruition, the Broncos would come away from this year’s draft class with the opportunity to pick one of Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, or Baker Mayfield at number five overall.

Heck, they could even do what the Bears did last year and trade up a spot or two to ensure they get the guy they want.

This, of course, is the ideal scenario for Denver, but as of right now, it definitely can’t be ruled out.