NFL draft rumors: Broncos' desire to trade up could hurt 49ers, Raiders


There are three elite wide receivers in the deep 2020 NFL Draft class, and a fourth just below them, who would be the first off the board in a normal year.

The Raiders, 49ers, New York Jets and Denver Broncos all need help at receiver, and the Broncos reportedly are in talks with the Cleveland Browns to move up to the No. 10 pick, leap-frogging the other three teams.

The Broncos currently own the No. 15 overall pick and are looking at the top three receivers -- CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy -- all going off the board before they pick.

Denver moving up to No. 10 could greatly alter both the Raiders' and 49ers' draft plans.

If the Broncos jump to No. 10, that takes one wide receiver off the board with the Jets likely to follow suit. That leaves the Raiders with either the last of three receivers -- if one wasn't taken before No. 10 -- and a choice between LSU's Justin Jefferson, Florida cornerback CJ Henderson or trading down.

As for the 49ers, this would shift their focus to the likes of defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, Henderson or perhaps one the better offensive tackles left, while also putting trade down on their radar.

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A number of teams will try to finagle their way up to get the top receivers, with receivers not projected to start coming off the board until at least No. 7 overall.


The Raiders and 49ers are sitting pretty at No. 12, but they might have to move up to secure their guy or go to Plan B should the Broncos make their move.

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