The Denver Broncos have just five draft picks for 2023 so far. This goes against George Paton’s philosophy, and the team should change this soon.
The Denver Broncos could be approaching a crucial time for their 2023 season already. The team currently has five draft picks in the 2023 draft, and that simply isn’t enough.
We know how much George Paton values draft picks. He’s said that he likes to have 10 picks per draft. Well, the Broncos have half of that, and the most common way to get more draft picks is by trading players.
I think in the next few weeks, we could see the Denver Broncos and George Paton navigate some trades to recoup some draft capital after the Russell Wilson deal.
In the next few weeks, we will begin to see the process of the coaching staff sorting out the roster to form official depth charts. Position battles will be won and lost, and that’ll then give some clarity on players who could be expendable.
We’ve already been given an unofficial depth chart, which is just that, unofficial.
The Broncos also have a logjam at certain positions on the roster, so I would expect George Paton to be calling around here shortly.
The offensive line could have a ton of movement in terms of potential trades.
I think the two most likely candidates who could be moved along the offensive line include Graham Glasgow and Netane Muti. Both players are listed as backups, but could still be seen as valuable enough for a team to give up a late-round pick for their services.
I also think the team could trade a receiver as well.
Tyrie Cleveland or Trey Quinn could be expendable in this group. The team has to be careful, though, as the loss of Tim Patrick puts them one more injury away from really needing help here.
I’d also look at the tight end group, someone like Eric Saubert, who had a nice 2021 season for the Broncos but is listed as TE5 on the first depth chart.
Malik Reed is, I think, another very logical choice for someone who could be moved. The additions of Nik Bonitto, Randy Gregory, and Baron Browning to the edge group really make Malik Reed tough to sell to stick on the roster.
Jonathon Cooper could also be included in this as well. The 7th-round pick has an insane motor and could help a team out. He is currently buried in the depth chart, perhaps to some people’s surprise.
My overarching point here is that as the Broncos finish up their preseason schedule, the coaching staff will begin to sift through the roster to form an official depth chart. From there, I think we see one or more players being moved for draft capital. If George Paton showed less of an emphasis on wanting a ton of capital, I don’t think we’d see any trades at all.