Moving up to get the best back? 1:37 PM Tue, Apr 08, 2008 | Permalink | Yahoo! Buzz Albert Breer E-mail News tips Of course, everyone knows I'm talking about Rashard Mendenhall. Or at least if you read this blog, you're well aware that he'll be a better pro than Darren McFadden. Anyway, the Broncos may be looking to move out of the 12th overall spot. According to this report from Mike Klis of the Denver Post, they could be willing to take a late first-rounder, along with a third-rounder for that pick. And the 12th slot is key, because it's one spot ahead of Carolina, who I've heard likes the Illinois stud quite a bit. So do you trade, say, the 28th and 92nd picks to get up to 12th overall? Or even the 22nd and 92nd picks? I can see this two ways. There are three backs atop the heap in this draft, and one of them is hurt. If you're set on getting one of those guys, Mendenhall's probably going to bring the best immediate value and, ultimately, be the best player. Still, I don't like the idea of trading up in most circumstances, especially when you're moving up 10 slots or more. I think Mendenhall is going to be a star. But at that position, I'd hesitate to pay big bonus money, although the Bills did get Marshawn Lynch in at reasonable dollars (five years, $18.9 million; $ 10.3 million guaranteed) after drafting him 12th overall last year. The other issue becomes whether you can then give Marion Barber the bank-breaking deal he'll want, and sink that much money and long-term commitment into two players at one position, a spot that a lot teams have been able to get by at on the cheap of late (the leading rushers in two of the last three Super Bowls were undrafted free agents, the other was a seventh-round pick). So if you draft Mendenhall, do you coax Barber to sign the tender and then let him go after a year? There would layers to this thing, if it were to happen.