Peter Schrager mock draft involves big Denver Broncos trade

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 04: Quarterback Mason Rudolph
STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 04: Quarterback Mason Rudolph /

NFL Network insider Peter Schrager put out a three-round mock draft, and it involves a big trade for the Denver Broncos and some wild picks…

The Denver Broncos have been the subject of many trade rumors leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, and NFL Network’s Peter Schrager predicted they would make a big move down the board as well.

Schrager released a three-round mock draft that involved a big trade between the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills, where the Broncos relinquished the 5th overall pick (and right to draft Josh Allen) for the Bills’ two first rounders (12 and 22 overall) as well as the third round pick they acquired from the Cleveland Browns for Tyrod Taylor (65th overall).

On Tuesday, I put together a mock draft scenario with a very similar move down, but definitely not the same type of return value. I had the Bills giving up one of their second round draft picks as well as a late third rounder.

At any rate, Schrager and I made a couple of similar picks with the trade down scenario involving Buffalo, including the top pick for the Broncos overall, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.

Here’s a full three-round recap of the picks Schrager made for Denver:

1. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

2. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

3. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

4. Alex Cappa, OL, Humboldt State

5. Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State

6. Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Mississippi

I have a pretty mixed reaction to these picks. Of the players selected, I see few who would make a significant year one impact for the Broncos, but that shouldn’t be totally unexpected if they move down to acquire more picks.

I don’t mind the pick of D.J. Moore as a follow-up to Smith, though Moore’s style of play is extremely similar to that of Carlos Henderson, who was picked in the third round by the Broncos last season.

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really like the pick of Mason Rudolph in round two. I think he’s a steal there. Despite playing in a ‘system’ offense at Oklahoma State, he was one of the most improved guys year to year I evaluated in the pre-draft process. I like him a lot.

Cappa is a bit of a sleeper/project type of offensive lineman, but he fits the profile of a nasty player the Broncos would like to have and the ability to play either guard or tackle.

I haven’t done a ton of research on Nyheim Hines yet, but I know he’s a third-down type of back with big time speed and pass catching ability. The Broncos may be in the market for a couple of backs in this draft, but I’d be surprised if they thought of Hines this highly.

Doubling up on receiver with Korey Robertson seems like an unlikely scenario to me, especially given he’s another thicker receiver with toughness after the catch.

It would be really interesting to see a draft like this, even positionally for the Broncos, who are rumored to possibly be interested in a cornerback as high as five overall. Schrager has them passing on that position altogether here.

The headline here would be Rudolph, who would be expected on some level to give this team hope for the future at the QB position.