Broncos reportedly tried to move into middle of first round

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! One down, six to go. Denver is scheduled to pick twice tonight; it wouldn't be a shock to see them add an extra pick by offering up a choice from 2015, when they expect to have 11 picks.

As for what's already happened, this is one of our favorite times - when personnel execs offer a bit of a glimpse into how they think.

We drafted our #1 guy talk aside, there's a ton of frankness being offered up, and that's about as good as it gets.

Here's some of what is being said:

  • According to Mike Klis, Denver tried to swing deals for the #15, #16, and #17 picks to get C.J. Mosley, but were unable to. He went at #17 to Baltimore. Klis adds that Kyle Fuller was a favorite as well, but he went at #14.
  • Atlanta also found the price too steep to move back into that part of the first round.
  • Niners GM Trent Baalke says the price to trade all the way up for Odell Beckham was just too high.
  • Seattle's move down from #32 was apparently prompted by the disappearance of Florida DT Dominique Easley from the board (to New England).

Bradley Roby

Videos: John Elway, John Fox, and BTV discuss the selection of Roby.

Elway claims that Denver considered Roby a top-15 talent and says he'll play outside for Denver in the nickel, with Chris Harris shifting in from the base package.

Andrew Mason says Roby's athleticism means he'll help Denver right from the get-go.

As Jeff Legwold notes, Denver has quite a quartet of physical corners.

Why is it that Roby is described as troubled, while someone like Taylor Lewan is lauded for his nastiness and mean streak? Especially given the seriousness of Lewan's past? Gee...what could it be...?

That side-by-side looks even worse when considering the details of Roby's so-called troubled past:

The “bar fight” was clarified as a shoving match where he was the individual being threatened. The drinking-and-driving was just an inaccurate report, as he was simply asleep in his car.


Troy Renck thinks BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and/or an offensive tackle might be on Denver's radar for tonight.

Legwold adds Donte Moncrief, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Matthews, Joel Bitonio, Morgan Moses, and Charles Sims as possible Day 2 picks.

The Broncos will also be looking at middle linebacker candidates throughout the second day like Louisville's Preston Brown.

Mark Kiszla thinks Denver should have taken Marqise Lee instead.


Obviously, there's much rejoicing in Oakland over the selection of Khalil Mack. Is Derek Carr next?

Not that it means a whole lot in early May, but Chiefs LB Tamba Hali apparently showed up to offseason workouts 20 pounds overweight.


It's been rumored that Houston would trade for Pats backup QB Ryan Mallett, while Washington backup Kirk Cousins is said to be drawing some trade interest.

Given that he's still a Dolphin, it shouldn't shock that Mike Pouncey has apparently learned nothing from the Incognito/Martin mess.

Michael Sam has signed his first endorsement deal, with Visa.

GFY, Dan Snyder. Really, GFY.


Mike Tanier, Bill Barnwell, Matt BowenChase Stuart, Greg BedardDon Banks, Joe Fortenbaugh, and John Clayton offer their thoughts on Thursday's action.

Chris Burke discusses prospects who went either higher or lower than he'd expected.

Robert Mays considers which teams added to areas of existing strength last night.

Dan Wetzel, Judy Battista, Jenny Vrentas, Mike Freeman, and Jarrett Bell discuss Johnny Manziel's slide to Cleveland at #22.

If you're into the concept of winners and losers as these things go, Jason FitzgeraldFrank Schwab, Will Brinson, and Nate Davis feed your fix.

Gil Brandt ranks his favorite remaining 93 prospects.

In their Round 2 mocks, Bucky Brooks has Denver taking CSU center Weston Richburg at #63; Nate Davis has them getting Vandy wideout Jordan Matthews.

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