Just when it seems like things cannot get grimmer for the Denver Broncos, they do.
After the Broncos were defeated 23-10 by the Carolina Panthers in what may have been the last seemingly winnable game for the team, the team would fall to 3-8, one of the worst records in the NFL right now (the only teams with a worse record are Houston at 1-9-1, and Chicago at 3-9).
If this losing trend continues for the team, and at this point, let’s be honest–it probably will, the Broncos are on track to not only finish with a top five pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, they may even have the 2nd or 3rd overall pick.
Typically, this would be adequate compensation for a team having such a bad season, but here is the only problem: As most already know, the Broncos already traded away their first-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks as part of their compensation for the Russell Wilson trade.
While the Broncos did get back into the first round of the draft as part of the trade package for Bradley Chubb, with the Miami Dolphins currently tied for first place in the AFC East, it is clear to say that draft pick will be much lower than the one they have earned themselves.
So, to recap, not only will the Denver Broncos not have the opportunity to use the top-five draft pick they have earned themselves (if you want to call it that), the team that will get to enjoy that pick is the very same team that gave the Broncos Russell Wilson.
Not only do the Seattle Seahawks have a winning record at 6-4 under the direction of Geno Smith, but they are also currently in 2nd place in the NFC West with an opportunity to make the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos under Russell Wilson are at 3-8, have one of the worst records in the league, and are last in many offensive categories, and it seems the most positive thing that could happen for the team at this point is the firing of head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
Just as the NFL world surely predicted prior to the start of the season, right?
It is quite the stinging feeling for Broncos Country that not only do the Broncos look as poor as possible when there was so much optimism, but the Seahawks get to enjoy watching the trials and tribulations of the Broncos with Russell Wilson with the knowledge that the Broncos will be giving them a high enough draft pick to draft their next quarterback.
The Denver Broncos fell in week 12 to the Carolina Panthers, marking the absolute lowest point of the Russell Wilson era thus far.
Of course, there is optimism that things will turn around for Russell Wilson when a coaching staff is brought in that highlights what he does best, but for now, the knowledge that the Broncos gave up so much to acquire Russell Wilson, and will now likely be giving the Seattle Seahawks a top-three draft pick along with it, feels pretty crummy.