Broncos collecting draft picks


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Need an NFL player? Call the Denver Broncos.

The team has been trading backup players at a furious rate.

Since Aug. 28, Denver has traded three veterans. Today, Denver shipped backup receiver Keary Colbert to Seattle. On Sept. 2, the Broncos traded reserve cornerback Domonique Foxworth to Atlanta. On Aug. 28, Denver sent guard Montrae Holland to Dallas.

The Broncos have been willing to trade these players because they all were going to be little-used backups. Instead of keeping the veterans in town, they are stockpiling late-round picks.

Denver got a fifth-rounder in 2010 for Holland. It got a seventh-rounder that could be upgraded to a sixth-rounder next year for Foxworth and are set to get a fifth-round pick that can be upgraded to a fourth-rounder for Colbert.

On the surface, these picks don't appear valuable, but often lower-round picks can be packaged to move up in draft trades. While Denver is clearing out veterans, it is giving itself draft-day ammunition down the road.