Posted Mon Apr 19th by Monty
With Brandon Marshall marshaled off to the Miami Dolphins last week, many draftniks’ immediate reactions fell somewhere between, “The Denver Broncos are definitely drafting Dez Bryant” and “Denver is probably drafting Dez Bryant.”
Of course, draftniks will be draftniks. It’s all speculation and rumor until the Broncos are on the clock Thursday night. But one columnist is disagreeing with the notion that Bryant is Denver-bound. And he’s spoken to several teams to back his opinion.
That writer would be Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson. After hearing Josh McDaniels‘ heap-praising comments on Bryant last week, he agrees with an unnamed AFC personnel man, along with several other teams: It’s a smokescreen. April is “a liar’s month,” and the Broncos aren’t interested in Bryant.
…many teams aren’t buying that the Broncos are locked in on Bryant at 11. McDaniels just seems to be trying too hard to get the buzz out there that Denver has spent a great deal of time with Bryant and really likes him. Other front offices see it as a big facade, particularly considering the organization is rigged to run quiet when it comes to most personnel matters.
Said one AFC personnel man: “When the [Indianapolis Colts] really like a player, they don’t say anything. I bet if you looked, a lot of times they don’t even bring him in. That’s more standard than going out there with [the 11th overall] pick a couple days before the draft and saying how much you like a player and how you spent a lot of time with him. … Denver knows there are teams in front of them that want to trade back, too. Jacksonville is one spot ahead of them, and they would trade back. [McDaniels] would just be opening the doors for someone else who likes [Bryant] to move up. No way they’re drafting Bryant.”
Teams (and draftniks) must certainly be wary of smokescreens this time of year, but perhaps they don’t follow the Broncos and McDaniels closely enough to realize that that is McD’s modus operandi — to heap praise on just about every player and prospect out there. He loves Chris Simms hours before releasing him and tells reporters “Jay Cutler is our quarterback” days before trading him.
Take that whichever way you like. Either McDaniels isn’t afraid to praise someone in which he isn’t interested (that’d be these conspiracists’ take), or public comments don’t really let us know anything either way (my take). Call it a double smokescreen. Take McDaniels’ comments completely out of the equation. Should Bryant be on the Broncos’ draft board? Of course. So he is. And McDaniels would be foolish not to consider Bryant if he is available at 11.
April is a liar’s month, indeed.
Draft week Inconvenient Truths: Season for lying [Yahoo! Sports]