Broncos looked to trade up for Jaelan Phillips before Dolphins drafted him

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If the Dolphins hadn’t drafted University of Miami pass rusher Jaelan Phillips in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, the Broncos might have.

After the Broncos took cornerback Patrick Surtain II with the ninth overall pick, they wanted to add another piece to their defense and tried to trade back into the first round for Phillips, according to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver.

The Broncos didn’t have enough trade ammunition to move up ahead of the Dolphins, who took Phillips 18th overall. But if Phillips had fallen into the 20s, Denver General Manager George Paton was ready to make a move up.

Denver did make a trade up after taking Surtain, but not until Day 2, when the Broncos moved from No. 40 to No. 35 to draft North Carolina running back Javonte Williams.

3 responses to “Broncos looked to trade up for Jaelan Phillips before Dolphins drafted him

  1. Guess they’re even then, since the Broncos sniped Javonte Williams.

  2. I think Denver hosed themselves trading in front of us for Williams. If the Dolphins were going to take a running back with their pick at 36 then why didn’t they take one after that. There were several backs available when Miami picked but they waited until the 7th round. Out coach is a defensive coach and after Buffalo threw the ball all over us at the end of the year I find it hard to believe Williams was higher on our board than the safety we took. A safety many had rated as the best in the draft and a first round talent. I don’t think Miami was going to take Williams at all. Miami goes safety after the Denver pick then instead of trading up for a back they trade up for a tackle. Denver played themselves but at least they got the player they wanted.

  3. phinjunky1985 says:
    May 3, 2021 at 9:36 pm
    I think Denver hosed themselves trading in front of us for Williams. If the Dolphins were going to take a running back with their pick at 36 then why didn’t they take one after that. There were several backs available when Miami picked but they waited until the 7th round. Out coach is a defensive coach and after Buffalo threw the ball all over us at the end of the year I find it hard to believe Williams was higher on our board than the safety we took. A safety many had rated as the best in the draft and a first round talent. I don’t think Miami was going to take Williams at all. Miami goes safety after the Denver pick then instead of trading up for a back they trade up for a tackle. Denver played themselves but at least they got the player they wanted.

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    I’d assume it’s because they didn’t want to reach for a back that was similar to Gaskin. They probably wouldn’t have grabbed Etienne either, because he’s a similar back (possibly better, but who knows).

    Gaskin was productive (~975 scrimmage yards in 10 games), so it makes no sense to reach for a back that you aren’t in love with.

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