Denver Broncos make 2 trades and no draft picks in 1st round

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The Denver Broncos did not make a selection in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft Thursday. They traded the 25th pick to New England, and then traded the 31st pick to Tampa.

Denver will attack the draft on Friday when it resumes. The Broncos will have the 4th pick in the second round.

"We really believed this was a deep draft so adding another pick gives us options going into tomorrow," says executive vice president of football operations John Elway.

Will the Broncos make more trades? "Everything is a possibility. If we decide we want to do something tomorrow we have some currency to do it with," Elway says.

The Broncos now have eight picks in the draft:
Second round, Pick 4 (36)
Second round, Pick 25 (57)
Third round, Pick 24 (87)
Fourth round, Pick 6 (101)
Fourth round, Pick 13 (108)
Fourth round, Pick 25 (120)
Fifth round, Pick 2 (137)
Sixth round, Pick 18 (188)

John Elway and the Denver Broncos are facing a make-or-break draft. If Denver misses on more picks than they score on, then it will be up to the checkbook of Pat Bowlen to assemble a team via free agency in the years to come.

However, if Elway and his draft team can find big scores in 2012, then the team will be poised for an immediate run, as well as continued success in the future.

The selections that follow are a blend of research, personal opinion, prediction and frustrating realizations that the team may not see things the way everyone else does.

Only time will tell if they are right or wrong. Read more in Bleacher Report.