What QB would the Broncos trade up to get?

The Broncos invested two first-round picks, several players, and many millions in the failed Russell Wilson experiment. Will they make another investment in the rookie quarterback?

As recently noted, GM George Patton's comments about Maybe trading For a quarterback in the 2024 draft strongly suggests they will try to get a guy they “like.” So who might they love?

One name to keep an eye on is Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy. With a lot of focus lately on the question of Jayden Daniels vs. Drake Maye in DC, McCarthy has slipped through the cracks a bit.

The Broncos would have to move up from 12th, possibly to 3rd, to get McCarthy. (They might be able to make it fourth or fifth.) They might have to beat out the Vikings, who might try to make a similar move.

We recently took notice of the fact that Broncos coach Sean Payton quietly desired Patrick Mahomes seven years ago. Before the Saints got to No. 11, the Chiefs traded up to the Bills to No. 10 and snatched Mahomes.

Will that bad memory be enough to make Payton overpay now? Anyone who has missed out on a major purchase (a car or a house) tends to be determined not to let it happen again. The truth, of course, is that McCarthy (or whomever Payton might want) won't be another Mahomes.

If Denver doesn't move up for someone like McCarthy, the Broncos could waive Oregon quarterback Bo Nix — or go back to the bottom of the first round. The Knicks' age (24) could make it easier for Payton to embrace working with a rookie, something he hasn't really done since he arrived in Dallas 21 years ago and the Cowboys signed an undrafted free agent named Tony Romo.

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