No. 1: Broncos and 49ers Continue a Front-Office Rapport
Remember the part about the 49ers needing a bunch of defensive help this offseason? Remember the part about this year’s NFL Draft being awfully deep on defense?
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And of course you remember the Broncos having a slew of draft capital to use for a possible trade up, right?
Sure, there might be an argument Denver is comfortable with soon-to-be-officially acquired quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens when the move becomes official this March. But as Niner Noise’s Chris Wilson pointed out, Flacco isn’t a long-term answer and his presence shouldn’t halt Broncos general manager John Elway from looking for a young quarterback in this year’s class.
Meanwhile, Elway and 49ers general manager John Lynch have a strong working rapport. It would take a lot for the Broncos to move up from No. 10 overall to the second spot, requiring at least two first rounders (Denver’s own this year and one in 2020), plus 2019 picks in Rounds 2 and 4. Yet there’s always the possibility Lynch leans a little more towards Elway on the negotiating table than other offers, especially if they’re not bad in the first place.
By doing so, Denver essentially winds up with a quarterback of its choice, while the 49ers stockpile much-needed draft capital to attack their defensive needs.
Which, if any, trade scenarios come true? You’ll have to wait until the 2019 NFL Draft officially kicks off on Thursday, April 25 to find out.