In a fantastic behind-the-scenes video published on the team's official website, director of player personnel Jim Monos said the team tried to get all the way to No. 1 to get their receiver.
"We went with Houston right off the bat," Monos said. "We tried to go to No. 1. They weren't having it. They knew who they wanted, so we started working our way right down."
"Ray asks me, 'Are you still interested? And if you are, here are the specifics of what we would request to make sure we get fair value for you guys moving up," Whaley said. "... I said we'd get back to (Farmer). We obviously have to make sure our guy is there and as the pick gets closer to your pick we'll be back in touch."
"We had just heard so much ... that they needed a receiver. We thought that this was going to be Sammy. We knew that if Jacksonville didn't take him we had a shot," he said.
While parting with a 2015 first-round pick was a high price, it's a gamble Whaley was clearly prepared to make, even if it meant trying to get to the top of the draft for his man.