Denver Broncos: NFL Draft options if they trade down

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick
TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick /

If the Denver Broncos trade down in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, which players could be targets later on in the first?

The Denver Broncos continue to be the team many believe to be the most likely team to move out of the top five picks and trade down.

If the Broncos do move down in this year’s draft, what players could they be targeting?

Specifically, if they move down with the Buffalo Bills — who own the 12th and 22nd overall picks in this year’s draft — which players could they be looking at?

Here are a few that might last to those picks that the Broncos would like to have…

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Smith is an instinctive linebacker prospect with big time speed, athleticism, range, and toughness. He’s a game-changer and leader at the linebacker position.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is one of the top defensive playmakers in the 2018 NFL Draft, but some feel his lack of a solidified position could push him down the draft board. It could make him the perfect player for the Broncos, who need someone that can play the slot or play outside.

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

Ward is considered the top outside cornerback in this year’s draft. He lacks elite size, but he makes up for it with aggressive play, quick feet, and phenomenal speed.

Leighton Vander Esch, LB Boise State

Vander Esch has some injury concerns coming into the draft, but he’s a playmaker at linebacker with phenomenal size. He’s an old-school type of player with excellent toughness.

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Will Hernandez, OL, UTEP

Hernandez is one of the cleanest offensive line prospects in a loaded class on the interior. He’s as tough as they come, and extremely athletic for his size. He also has ties to the Broncos’ coaching staff with Sean Kugler, the team’s interior line coach.

Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

The Broncos sent the cavalry to Oliver’s pro day at Colorado, and brought him to the team facility for an official pre-draft visit. He’s got the size, speed, and length to make an impact right away in the NFL.

Vita Vea, DL, Washington

Vita Vea has drawn comparisons to the great Haloti Ngata for his freakish combination of size, athleticism, and ability to play a variety of positions on the defensive front. He has the chance to be a special interior player if he can learn to be more consistent.