Josh McDaniels Attempts to Justify His Insanely Bizarre Draft Selections

April 28, 2009 – 8:30 am by Will Brinson

Josh McDaniels has been, to say the least, a bit controversial in his time as head coach of the Denver Broncos. He, in theory, ran Jay Cutler out of town and then, during this weekend’s NFL Draft, made some bizarre selections: namely Knowshon Moreno at 12th overall.

He got on the horn with Van Pelt and Tirico of ESPN Radio to talk about the results of the draft and why the Broncos were so excited to trade up for Alphonso Smith. Also, again, why the hell they took Moreno. (I’m still trying to figure it out myself.)

On being happy with the end result of the weekend:

“Yeah, I think the perception before the draft was that our draft was going to tend to swing more to the defensive side. I think that once we evaluated the players in the draft and evaluated our needs and where we stood, we never really swayed from our board, and we weren’t going to reach and try to acquire players just because they played on one side of the ball or the other. So, we feel like we got good value with each of our selections.”

On Alphonso Smith hanging around later:

“Yeah, that’s right. We were one of those teams that thought if we were fortunate enough to have a chance to get him where we got him, we were going to take the opportunity to do that. In our minds, we had four first-round selections, you know, this year and next year, and where we had Alphonso graded, we felt like we got three of them this year.”

On taking Knowshon Moreno at 12:

“This guy, he’s multi-faceted: we feel like we got a three-down football player. I’m not sure that there’s too many backs that you take in the draft that you feel like can run the ball on first and second down, also be out there on third down, catch passes, pick up the blitz and block, and he can do all those things. And certainly won’t have to do them all early, we have a good group of backs that he’s joining and he’ll make that group more competitive.”

Listen to Josh McDaniels on Van Pelt and Tirico

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