Ok, I was attempting to find a way to retain our 1st round draft pick while gaining 2 early second round picks. Mr. Indianapolis Colts wrote a fanpost with the colts trading their 1st round pick and a 4th or 3rd rounder for Denver's two 2nd round picks at #36 and #46 overall. The 3 main players that I want the colts to draft are at key positions of need for us, LT,DT, and SS. These 3 players are LT Anthony Castonzo, DT Stephen Paea, and SS Quinton Carter.
Read more after the jump.In a perfect world, we could get a franchise LT in free agency, but the only capable one that I have really seen is Jared Gaither and he hasn't been able to stay healthy lately. This way we could trade down with our 1st round pick and maybe select both Stephen Paea and Quinton Carter.
If we don't go the free agency route when it comes to LT, we could draft one at #22 overall in this years NFL draft. But the real question is, how do we also get Stephen Paea and possibly even Quinton Carter? One answer to this question is to trade a player currently on the colts roster, along with a draft pick or 2. I'll stick with the Broncos in this scenario because they have two early 2nd round draft picks. One player that we could trade is Jerry Hughes, but don't get me wrong, I like the guy and he could eventually replace Robert Mathis or Dwight Freeny. Hughes was a former 1st round pick at #31 overall in the 2010 NFL draft. We could trade Robert Mathis plus our 2nd round pick at # 53 overall to get the #36 and #46 picks from Denver. According to this trade value chart, the pair of drat picks at #36 and #46 total's out to be 980 while a #31 and #53 group of picks total's out to be 970. That's a pretty even trade and Denver might need a DE since they are switching to the 4-3 defensive scheme.
Some people might say that Jerry Hughes's value might have dropped because of the way that he has performed this past NFL season. Truth is, he hasn't had much of a chance to play at DE this year with Mathis and Freeney both staying healthy all season long. Actually, his value has probably increased because he has spent an entire season learning from 2 of the best defensive ends in the league.
If this trade did happen, we most likely could draft Paea at #36 overall and Carter at #46 overall, both in the 2nd round of the draft. The only downside to this trade is the loss of a potential succesor to Mathis or Freeney, but we would gain 2 great players at positions of need for us. Hughes probably won't play very much again this year, except in passing situations as the 3rd pass rusher, while Paea would contribute right away at 1-technique DT and Carter would compete for the starting spot at SS.
Don't forget that we would still have our 1st round pick at #22 overall to draft a LT like Anthony Castonzo or Derek Sherrod. I think that this trade would be very beneficial to the team. If you have any other ideas, feel free to comment.
Oh and also, this trade would only occur if the colts don't resign Bob Sanders.