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How The Los Angeles Rams' Trade For The First Overall Pick In The NFL Draft Will Affect Denver's QB Search

In a blockbuster move, the Rams have traded up with the Titans for the first overall pick. Does this affect the Broncos? If so, how?

In a case of karmic justice, the Los Angeles Rams have given up the farm to the Tennessee Titans to trade up for the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. 

It was a desperate move, made by a desperate front office and head coaching regime. And the Titans made out like bandits. However, analyzing the merits of the trade is not what this story is about. 

The Rams will now pick No. 1 overall. The Denver Broncos are still at No. 31 at the bottom of the first round. With so much space in between the two selections, how could this tectonic trade affect the Broncos? 

Quarterback. The Denver Broncos are on the hunt for a future franchise quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. Whatever one's views on the subject are, few will argue that the Broncos will draft a quarterback somewhere in this Draft. 

I've been of the opinion, based on what I've heard and what I've seen out of Dove Valley, that the Broncos will use a high-round pick. We know they like Memphis gunslinger Paxton Lynch. They had him in for a team visit on Tuesday. 

However, the likelihood that Lynch will be available — a dim chance before today's mega-trade — has dwindled, and here's why. 

The Rams didn't cough up their draft future to select an edge rusher or left tackle. They moved up to draft a franchise quarterback, someone to serve as the new face of the organization in a new market. 


They're looking to target either North Dakota State's Carson Wentz or Cal'Jared Goff. The Rams' move was largely precipitated by the fact that Cleveland is very likely to take one of the top-two QBs at No. 2. 

Assuming the Browns still take a QB at No. 2, that means that Paxton Lynch — widely considered the No. 3 QB in this class — suddenly has top-10 potential. The San Francisco 49ers could take Lynch at No. 7. However, the odds are tempered, because word on the street is their hearts were set on Wentz or Goff. 

The biggest concern, for those pining for Lynch, is Chicago at No. 11. According to sources, the Bears like Lynch and are looking for a young potential franchise QB to groom behind Jay Cutler. The risk of losing out on the Lynch sweepstakes might be too much for Chicago to pass on. 

The farther you go down the first round, the less likely it is that Lynch will be available when the Broncos go on the clock. At No. 25, Kansas City really likes him. How today's trade affects Denver is actually very small, all things considered. 

Paxton Lynch is still likely to be off the board by the time the Broncos are on the clock. 

John Elway will probably end up sticking to his tradition as Denver's GM and draft a defensive player with their first pick. And it's a very deep draft class for certain defensive position groups, especially defensive line.

There are a lot of other guys to get excited about beyond the top-3 signal-callers. Mississippi State's Dak PrescottOhio State'Cardale JonesLouisiana Tech's Jeff Driskel and even Michigan State's Connor Cook, who is better than many give him credit for, will all be there after the first round. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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