ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The private workout that general manager Brian Xanders and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy had with USC quarterback Mark Sanchez in Mission Viejo, Calif., likely will be the last time the strong-armed passer practices for the Denver Broncos.
"I think we're in a great spot," McDaniels said. "I think we have an opportunity to get two players right away that can impact our team."
But the Broncos certainly would be tempted to move up if Sanchez starts to slip down the board -- so long as it doesn't involve both of their first-round picks.
"We won't do that," McDaniels said. "We won't trade 12 and 18 to move up."
McDaniels had to skip the meeting because of a migraine headache, his second since taking over as Broncos coach three months ago.
"I think it's more about hydration and the altitude," McDaniels said. "I had them (the headaches) when I was younger, but nothing wrong neurological. They checked me out, and I'm fine."
Although the Broncos liked what they saw in Sanchez, "I don't think we would do a lot of moving up from where we're at at 12," McDaniels said. "Maybe. There's a possibility. But I think we feel pretty comfortable with where we're at."
Mock draft central
The Broncos have 10 picks this weekend, and McDaniels wouldn't mind trading down in any round to stockpile more selections as he retools a team that hasn't reached the playoffs since 2005.
And, as Cutler learned this spring, McDaniels will pick up the phone and listen to any trade proposal.
"We're not going to turn our head from any opportunity to go back, go up," McDaniels said.
McDaniels said that while the Broncos really like Sanchez, they also feel good about Orton and free agent Chris Simms.
"He's a good quarterback. We have two good quarterbacks," McDaniels said. "And I think that's ultimately what we're going to finalize today, before tomorrow morning, and we'll make sure that we feel one way or the other about it.
"But I know this: We feel comfortable with the guys we have. They performed well at the minicamp. Nobody in this building is afraid to move forward and play the season with them."
Xanders and McDaniels, who signed an NFL-high 16 unrestricted free agents, have the ammunition to move up if they want to: The Broncos own five picks in the first 84 selections.
Of course, the Broncos, like many teams, are leery of the multimillion-dollar guarantees for top-10 picks, and this is a franchise that began laying off front-office staff long before the economic downturn picked up steam.
The Broncos aren't anticipating having to draft a wide receiver. They haven't heard from the commissioner's office regarding possible punishment for Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall over his latest run-in with the law -- an arrest for fighting with his fiancee in March -- leading them to believe he won't be facing a lengthy suspension.
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