Breaking news out of Denver today was more bad news for the Broncos, who found out that rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered yet another injury. This time, Thomas’ injury could keep him out of a lot more football. The 6’3″ 230 pound speedster out of Georgia Tech has suffered a torn Achilles tendon, an injury that is expected to sideline him for 6-8 months, and we’re told that time table is a bit optimistic.
Theoretically, the latest setback could keep Thomas out for the whole 2011 season. Not only that, but the Broncos also received a bit of bad news when they found out that Eddie Royal would be out for six months after having surgery on his hip.
Whether or not Broncos fans like it, A.J. Green is now a real option with the second overall pick despite the team’s desperate need on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos have major uncertainty at every position, and I can’t see them going into the season confident that Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, and Eric Decker are going to carry the load at the position.
Lloyd is coming off of a Pro Bowl season, but has a long history of durability concerns. Eric Decker is one of my favorite young wide receiver prospects, but I would love the Broncos to have more certainty at the position.
This team has needs everywhere, and if nothing else, they can use this injury as leverage to potentially trade down with a team that really likes Green. Worst case scenario for the Broncos if they take Green would be that they have Green and Decker as their primary receivers going forward with a not quite 100 percent Demaryius Thomas. Best case scenario would be for the Broncos to have the best young wide receiver trio in the NFL for Tim Tebow to throw the ball to.
Either way, the Broncos should at least make it appear as though they are interested in Green so they have some leverage to move down and acquire more picks on draft day.