The Broncos hold the No. 15 overall selection in the first round, but in this draft, that pick was traded. The “top three” wide receivers were all off the board before the No. 15 pick.
Jerry Jeudy went to the New York Jets at No. 11
CeeDee Lamb went to the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12
Henry Ruggs went to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 13
Those three players went with back-to-back-to-back picks and though that scenario may be unlikely to play out in reality, it is the case here. With that in mind, the Broncos approached the Minnesota Vikings about trading back and acquiring an extra pick.
The Vikings agreed to the deal. Here are the details of that swap:
Moving back just seven slots in the first round, the Broncos are able to snag Kenneth Murray, a pick that head coach Vic Fangio would just absolutely love.
Putting Murray on the same defense as Von Miller and Bradley Chubb would give the Broncos a linebacking corps that would have the chance to be every bit as good as the “Dome Patrol” that Fangio oversaw with the New Orleans Saints over 30 years ago.
Murray has a lot to like.
He is the best inside linebacker in this draft and that happens to be a big need for the Broncos, even if you really like Todd Davis. Murray would be a massive upgrade over him.
Murray has great instincts and is solid against the run. Not only that, but he can also drop into coverage and be effective in defending the pass. He is also talented enough to be trusted with calling Fangio’s defense as a rookie.
The idea of having Miller, Chubb, Alexander Johnson and this guy is quite intriguing, and the best part of this deal is that the Broncos would get an additional second-round choice.
If this is how the first round went, there wouldn’t be much to complain about.
For the record, with the No. 15 pick, the Vikings selected C.J. Henderson, a cornerback out of Florida.