Denver Broncos were big winners on day two of the 2021 NFL Draft

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft, Javonte Williams. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos entered day two of the 2021 NFL Draft with two selections — 40 and 71 overall. George Paton moved around the board and wound up with picks 35, 98, and 105.

If two picks is good, three is better.

Since Paton was hired as the Denver Broncos’ general manager, he has been talking about his desire to add “darts” to throw, meaning he wants more picks. He has, so far, increased his total of picks from 9 to 10, and he may have “won” day two of the NFL Draft.

After their surprising selection of Pat Surtain II in the first round of the draft, George Paton and the Denver Broncos’ front office set out to really make an impact on day two and that’s exactly what they did.

Paton traded up from the 40th pick to 35th with the Atlanta Falcons, giving up a fourth-round pick (114th) but also recouping a sixth-round pick (219th) in the process.

After that trade up the board, Paton traded down not once but twice in the third round, first from 71st to 76th (with the Giants), getting a fifth-round selection (164th) back. Then, Paton traded pick number 76 overall to the New Orleans Saints for picks 98 and 105, which is where he wound up staying in round three.

With his three selections on day two, George Paton showed his aggressiveness, he showed he’s no punk when it comes to making trades and getting value, and he got some really good players.