Joy of Russell Wilson outweighs pain of no 1st-round pick for Broncos

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The Los Angeles Rams have created a modern blueprint of chasing and obtaining win-now talent in exchange for usually-coveted draft picks.

The Denver Broncos recently followed L.A.’s lead and traded their draft collateral to the tune of five draft picks to the Seattle Seahawks. As part of the deal, Denver sent first- and second-round 2022 picks to the Seahawks.

But it does not appear that Broncos general manager George Paton is sweating his roster-building technique. Although the Broncos will not have a first-round pick this year or next, Paton describes Wilson as the type of player that can give you a good night’s sleep, even after trading away crucial draft capital.

“It’s a blessing,” Paton said last Friday. “We love having first-round picks. We love having the early second, but we also love having a franchise quarterback that sets the tone every day in the building.

“I come in here and he’s here working. There is a reason he’s great. It’s because of the work he puts into it. All the players and the entire organization is watching. There is no pain in that. On that first day [of the draft], we’ll watch Russell Wilson highlights.”

If Paton feels good, it shows the new attitude that is permeating the building. New coach Nathaniel Hackett, a new quarterback in Wilson, and their general manager in Paton exuding confidence? May be scary hours in Mile High city.

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