By Adam Caplan/Tony Pauline
Posted Apr 25, 2007
Scout.com has confirmed The Houston Texans
and Denver Broncos
are working on a deal in which the teams will exchange first round picks, giving the Broncos the tenth selection in round one. It's believed Denver is targeting three players with that choice--University of Mississippi LB Patrick Willis
, University of Nebraska DL Adam Carriker
, and University of Louisville DT Amobi Okoye
Denver feels they must move ahead of San Francisco as the 49ers have Willis rated highly and could take him with the eleventh pick. If the trade occurs, the Texans will likely target University of Texas CB Aaron Ross later on in round one.
If Denver trades up to select Willis, that would give them the replacement they've been seeking for veteran MLB Al Wilson who was released on Tuesday. If Willis does indeed become a Bronco, that would end their pursuit of free agent MLB Ed Hartwell.
Hartwell, sources say, is hoping to sign a one-year deal before the start of Saturday's NFL draft. The Cincinnati Bengals are thought to be the front runner to sign him with the New England Patriots also in the mix.
As for Carriker, he's capable of playing in the interior in new defensive coordinator Jim Bates's scheme as well as line up outside at his natural spot.
If Okoye winds up being selected by Denver, he would give them a very solid young interior player with upside for their defensive line.