On Monday’s edition of ProFootballTalk Live, Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff said that the effort to move into the top ten of the draft, where they ultimately landed receiver Julio Jones, included talks with the Broncos about possibly going all the way up to No. 2.
Apparently concerned that some fans will complain about the team’s decision not to accept a haul of team-building draft picks in lieu of using the second selection on linebacker Von Miller, the Broncos are putting out the word that the Falcons never made an offer.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post, citing an unnamed NFL source that we’ll assume based on its tone and content is a Broncos source, reports that Dimitroff said he wouldn’t offer draft-trade chart value for the move from No. 27 to No. 2 and that, ultimately, no offer was made.
Klis also reports that the call came “weeks before” the draft.
We’re not sure why the Broncos felt compelled to make it clear that they didn’t have a chance to trade down, unless they simply want to protect themselves against future criticism, in the event Miller doesn’t become a dominant defensive player.