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Cutler deal shakes up first roundUSC QB Mark Sanchez becomes hot prospect in wake of big tradeComment Email Print Share By Todd McShay

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USC QB Mark Sanchez stands to benefit most from the Jay Cutler-to-Chicago deal. The Broncos just traded away their franchise quarterback and Sanchez has the quick release, accuracy and gym-rat mentality that Josh McDaniels looks for in his signal caller. If Denver is targeting the former Trojan as Cutler's eventual replacement, it is in no position to sit back and hope Sanchez falls to pick No. 12. The team would need to take advantage of its newfound ammunition and move up to secure Cutler's long-term successor.

I believe Kyle Orton should be nothing more than a bridge-the-gap solution. But McDaniels may completely disagree. Remember, he's been a part of the development process of Tom Brady and Matt Cassel. Right or wrong, McDaniels has to believe he can turn Orton into a similar marvel. So it shouldn't be a surprise if Denver opts to use its two first round picks (12 and 18) on its defensive front-seven and possibly even a stud running back.

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Mark Sanchez talks about his game as he prepares for the 2009 draft.

Regardless of McDaniels' actual intentions, teams in the market for Sanchez -- or any of the top-three quarterbacks for that matter -- must now consider the Broncos a legitimate competitor.

The threat of Seattle pulling the trigger on Sanchez is fascinating. Of course, St. Louis (pick No. 2) and Kansas City (No. 3) will look to exploit the situation by putting their all-of-a-sudden attractive top-five draft picks up for public auction. The same goes for Cleveland (No. 5), Cincinnati (No. 6) and Oakland (No. 7) should Sanchez last through the first four picks, but Jacksonville at pick No. 8 becomes the next threat.

With that in mind; here's one opinion on how the first round could unfold:

1. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-16): Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

2. St. Louis Rams (2-14): Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-12): Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

5. Cleveland Browns (4-12): Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas

6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1): Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

7. Oakland Raiders (5-11): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

9. Green Bay Packers (6-10): B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

10. San Francisco 49ers (7-9): Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

11. Buffalo Bills (7-9): Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

12. Denver Broncos (8-8): Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

13. Washington Redskins (8-8): Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

14. New Orleans Saints (8-8): Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State

15. Houston Texans (8-8): Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

16. San Diego Chargers (8-8): Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi

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17. New York Jets (9-7): Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

18. Denver Broncos (from 9-7 CHI) (8-8): Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

20. Detroit Lions (from 9-7 DAL) (0-16): Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1): Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Darrius Herward-Bey, WR, Maryland

23. New England Patriots (11-5): Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

24. Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

25. Miami Dolphins (11-5): Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

26. Baltimore Ravens (11-5): Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

27. Indianapolis Colts (12-4): Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

28. Philadelphia Eagles (from 12-4 CAR) (9-6-1): Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

29. New York Giants (12-4): Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois

30. Tennessee Titans (13-3): Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

31. Arizona Cardinals (9-7): Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut

32. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

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this shows mcshay is a moron! our O was good enough last yr to get us back this yr where we were last yr. Our D on the other hand already had a ton of holes before we cut or didnt resign a number a guys. If anyone believes we should go TE or any other O player in the first round they are idiots!! our 1st round pick will more then definitely go D.

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Defense wins championship and our O will do its thing with out an over paid first round TE. Why r so many ppl so high on a TE when mularkys O doesnt use a pass catching TE much, so why would we spend first round money on someone we dont use every play or even every drive? it just doesnt make sense to me

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