Sanchez draws plenty of interest
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to stir debate in a number of NFL cities as the league's annual draft draws nearer.
The Denver Broncos had talked about trading up in the draft in order to get Sanchez, according to the Denver Post, who cited an NFL source. The Post said a potential trading partner for the Broncos is Jacksonville, which has the No. 8 pick.
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels told ESPN's Ed Werder on Friday he absolutely will not package both of his first round picks to move up for Sanchez or any other prospect.
After trading Jay Cutler the Broncos have Kyle Orton or Chris Simms at quarterback.
McDaniels said the Broncos are convinced that they will be able to take players that will have an immediate impact at No. 12 and No. 18. Sanchez would be a consideration in the unlikely event he's not taken before 12.
But McDaniels said the Broncos will put their emphasis on defensive players and stress three-down players with those two high picks.
Moving up to take Sanchez would also have financial ramifications for the Broncos. Denver has four first-round picks over the next two drafts, and owes former coach Mike Shanahan $20 million on his contract. Several Broncos employees were laid off last year before the economy worsened.
Thursday, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported that the most serious interest in Sanchez is coming from the Seattle Seahawks at No. 4; the Cleveland Browns at No. 5; the Redskins at No. 13; and the New York Jets at No. 17. And if either the Browns or Redskins were involved, several current veteran quarterbacks, including Brady Quinn of the Browns and Jason Campbell of the Redskins, would be on the trading block.
If Washington trades up to get Sanchez -- or another quarterback -- Campbell will request a trade, a source familiar with the situation told NFL.com. Campbell's status has been tenuous throughout the offseason in Washington. The Redskins reportedly were interested in trading with Denver for quarterback Jay Cutler before he was eventually dealt to Chicago.
The NFL draft kicks off Saturday in New York (4 p.m. ET, ESPN).
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