Given the unsettled state of the NFL's labor situation, it may be hard for teams to make any trades during the 2011 NFL Draft, but don't tell that to the Denver Broncos. According to one report from Draft Headquarters, the Broncos are shopping the No. 2 overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Redskins. But as NFL Mocks points out, this is just one report that has yet to be confirmed elsewhere for the moment. However, it is known that the Broncos would look to trade out of the pick if they could.
The Cardinals hold the No. 5 pick. The Broncos experienced the state of the Cardinals' QB pool when rookie John Skelton started under center in a December game. He went 15-of-37 for 146 yards. Outside of Skelton, the team also used Derek Anderson, Max Hall and Richard Bartel. With Matt Leinart a failed experiment and Kurt Warner enjoying retirement, the Cardinals failed to prepare for the 2010 season at the position.
The Washington Redskins, holders of the No. 10 pick, are coached by former Broncos head coach, Mike Shanahan. The team went with Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman during the 2010 season, and even signed McNabb to a five-year extension that guaranteed him at least $40 million. But the Redskins would take Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, according to this report.
The Broncos would be well advised to play this out and see how much they could get for the No. 2 pick, as there is really no can't-miss player available this year.