2009 Mock Draft: Cutler Trade Creates A Stir

Now that the Denver Broncos traded Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears, how will that affect the first round of the 2009 draft? Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber tells you what he thinks could happen in the opening frame, and it could have major ramifications on what other teams pursue.

The trade of Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos to the Chicago Bears will undoubtedly shake up the first round of the 2009 draft in a major way. With the Broncos now holding the No. 12 and 18 selections in the opening frame; look for Denver to make a move up in the draft for one of the two premier quarterbacks, Georgia's Matthew Stafford or USC's Mark Sanchez.

In saying that the Broncos could make a move, I foresee a trade that will alter the face of the first round. I predict that the Broncos will trade their two first round picks (No. 12 and 18) to their division rival the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for the third pick overall. This would be another bold move for the Broncos this offseason, but identifying their next franchise quarterback is crucial for their future success.

The result of the Cutler trade to Chicago and the projected trade that I propose in the first round has caused me to shift gears with some of my selections. We're less than a month from the biggest offseason spectacle on the NFL calendar, and soon the NFL Universe will be immersed with intrigue as to what will happen.

With that said; the anticipation for draft day gets greater and greater each day and pretty soon the lives of approximately 252 players will be decided. But for now, I predict the outcome of the first 32 picks.

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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber's features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.

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