Likes, dislikes about teams' drafts
Now comes word, from The Denver Post, that the Broncos had a broader plan for addressing their front seven. According to The Post, the team considered trading its way back into the top half of the first round in hopes of selecting Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. But the price apparently was too high for the Broncos' liking, and Fairley ended up going to the Detroit Lions at No. 13.
If nothing else, the trade contemplations make it fairly clear that the Broncos recognized the importance of adding a dominant player to the middle of their defense. Whatever second-guessing their selection of Miller has drawn would have been greatly minimized (if not erased) by the addition of a big-time defensive tackle who could do plenty to enhance any linebacker's production. But it didn't happen, and that leaves the Broncos with a significant hole to fill.
It looks like the Broncos' effort to place big bodies in front of Miller and the rest of their linebackers will have to wait until free agency.