ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos were open to spending a little draft capital to move up in Thursday night's first round of the draft. They tried to do that, but in the end the Broncos couldn't get anybody else to go along for the ride.
"We were trying to move up, the price was too high to move up, there really wasn't the opportunity for us to move up, but we tried," said executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway. " … it was prohibitive for us to move up."
The target was Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. But the Broncos knew what many in the league knew: If Mosley started to fall down the board he wouldn't make it past the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 17 pick. Mosley didn't as that's exactly where the Ravens selected him.
But clinging to the mathematical belief they could get as many as four compensatory picks in the 2015 draft, they were willing to move some picks this year to move up if they could.
After that was no longer an option the Broncos still tried to move out of the No. 31 spot, including several calls about moving down and out of the first round entirely. But when the Philadelphia Eagles reached a bit at No. 26 to select Marcus Smith and the New England Patriots took a chance on Dominique Easley at No. 29, the move-down market dried up.
"But then, all of a sudden at the end of the draft with some of those other picks that came that started coming in, the teams said, 'no, we think we can still get our guy where we are'," Elway said. "Because it pushed some people down to where they were."
That left the Broncos sitting at 31 with the 14th player on their draft board still available -- Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby entered the draft as one of the most athletic players available at any position, but also with some maturity and off-the-field questions in tow.
But the Broncos had their eye on the cornerbacks in the first round having released Champ Bailey and Chris Harris Jr. still working his way back from a partially torn ACL he suffered in January. Elway said he believes the team did its due diligence on Roby.
It all means the offense will likely get some attention in Friday's action -- the second and third rounds. The Broncos will give wide receivers and right tackle prospects a long look.
Without a move they will pick at the bottom of the second and third rounds Friday. Players like Mississippi wide receiver Donte Moncrief, LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry or Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews should be there for them.
At tackle Nevada's Joel Bitonio is a possibility, but he would need an unexpected drop in the second round to be available to the Broncos as would a player like Virginia's Morgan Moses. A running back like West Virginia's Charles Sims could cross their radar in the third round as well.
The Broncos will also be looking at middle linebacker candidates throughout the second day like Louisville's Preston Brown.