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Broncos considered trading up for Fairley or Liuget

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 6, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    As Nick Fairley fell, Broncos tried to get him
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 6, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT


    It’s been eight days since the first round of the 2011 draft. But since the lockout is still rolling and not much else is happening (we owe Rashard Mendenhall a fruit basket for his help in generating traffic this week), let’s look back to something that may have happened last Thursday night.

    According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, the Broncos wanted to get back into round one in the hopes of landing defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who slid out of the top 10.

    The Broncos backed off because it would have cost too much to move back into the upper half of round one.

    Once Fairley went to the Lions at No. 13, after Detroit failed to move up to No. 5 to get cornerback Patrick Peterson, the Broncos began to eyeball Corey Liuget. Five picks later, however, the Chargers claimed him, and Denver’s dreams of scoring a second first-round pick ended.

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    The Broncos gave consideration to getting back into the bottom of the first round to try to be in position to select Illinois defense tackle Corey Liuget.

    But once Fairley went off the board to the Lions, Liuget started to rise as the next best option at the position. And Liuget also was in demand by both 3-4 and 4-3 teams because of his quickness off the ball.

    Just four players, including two defensive end/outside linebacker types in Robert Quinn and Ryan Kerrigan, then were selected before Liuget went to the Chargers at No. 18.

    San Diego saw him as an end in its 3-4. He will step in and play almost immediately.

    After those two players were gone, the Broncos didn't see anyone else worth moving up for at the position. They eyed a few others as the draft went on, but by the time they made their own trade at the top of the second round, they had deemed it more important at that point to get the extra picks they believed they needed.
     
  2. The LBC

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    So evidently we broke the Donkeys' hearts so badly by taking Liuget that they decided to go the entire rest of the draft without selecting a single DT. That's some screwy logic there, Elway... but hey, I'll take it!
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    It's never too early to aspire to Matt Millen like greatness. ;)
     
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    Last time we did was when we snatched Vincent Jackson :)
     

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