Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 12:00 AM MST Combine Timing and Testing The Combine begins in Indianapolis and runs through March 6.
  • Wed., Mar. 01, 2017 2:00 PM MST Deadline to designate Francise or Transition Players Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Tue., Mar. 07, 2017 12:00 AM MST Teams may negotiate with their own Unrestricted Free Agents

    During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

  • Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 12:00 AM MST 2017 League Year and Free Agency begin

    The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meeting Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mon., Apr. 03, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Fri., Apr. 21, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
  • Wed., Apr. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents. Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 12:00 AM MDT 2017 NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft begins in Philadelphia and runs through April 29.
Print
RSS

At 31, Possibilities Are Endless

Posted May 5, 2014

EVP of Football Ops/GM John Elway discussed the possibility of trading up or down from the Broncos' No. 31 pick in this year's draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Up, or down? Stand pat, or start working the phones? John Elway is prepared for anything, but what the Broncos' executive vice president and general manager understands is that his team's No. 31 pick has value that is potentially well beyond its slot.

That's because of the fifth-year team option that teams have with first-round picks, and the potential availability of multiple quarterbacks when the Broncos select. If a team that picks early in the second round sees Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo or even Teddy Bridgewater on the board as the first round concludes, then they could be willing to pay a premium price in trade to a team selecting late in the first round.

If you're a team that needs a franchise quarterback, a CBA structure that allows you to pay approximately $7 million for the fifth year of that quarterback's career has massive value. Considering that going rate of franchise quarterbacks once they get beyond their first contract starts at $15 million a season, this is a discount that cannot be understated.

"I think it adds to it, there's no question," Elway said. "Especially with the quarterback position if it's somebody that they want. I think it makes the end of the first round more inviting than waiting and taking it in the second round, because it is a benefit for you to have that extra year."

But while trading down seems to be the most obvious possibility, moving up in the round is, too. Understandably coy about showing his cards, Elway gave equal weight to the possibility of moving up or down. This is not just due to the desire to not tip his hand, but because all of these possibilities are legitimate.

"I think the bottom line is you don’t really know until you get there," Elway said. "You have to try to cover all the scenarios you can, especially this week, prepping every possible scenario and really being prepared because once the draft starts, the 10 minutes in that first round is not a lot of time, especially when things are going on."

And the trade possibilities don't crystallize until the draft gets under way.

"Therefore, we cover all the pieces ahead of the draft," he said, "so we can make the right decision and if you come up with a few different scenarios, there’s usually a good chance you’re prepared for the right one."

One scenario the Broncos did not foresee last year was the availability of defensive tackle Sylvester Williams with the No. 28 selection. In all of the mock drafts they conducted, Williams never fell that far. But because they had properly studied every player on the board, they were prepared to react and make the pick.

"There are teams with more good football players, and teams have more options. Therefore with more options, it is harder to really predict what they may do," Elway said. "You get through the mocks – last year, like I said, Sly (Sylvester Williams) -- he never got to us in any of our mocks last year. So, we were ready with it and were able to get him last year. We will continue to do that."

So, if you think you know what the Broncos are going to do with the 31st pick, you don't. Because they don't. While many, myself included, will take their best guesses, there are too many variables in front of them to accurately project what will happen sometime between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. MDT Thursday.

In the meantime, Elway and his staff will continue to mock the draft, analyze as many potential possibilities, trust their draft board -- and let the night come to them.

"We're ready for anything," Elway said. "That's the fun thing about this draft: that you really never know."