Originally Posted by mgteich
I recall an interview 2-3 days before the draft where the nfln lady was giving the inside scoop on what she had heard from patriots sources. She said previously acknowledged the the many rumors of moving up, specifically to 6. It was at this point that she said that her sources indicated that a deal could not be struck and that there was no chance of the patriots trading up to 6.
We had been discussing trading up for a long time and discussing trading up to 6 for a couple of weeks.
Here's how I think this works.
The Pats had a conversation with the Browns about how much it would cost to move up to #6. They may well have made the same inquiry of nearly every teams picking ahead of them so that they'd know in advance how to re-arrange their board/remaining priorities if the situation arose where moving up is what they wanted/needed to do to "get their guy." It may also have been to get an idea of what teams trading AFTER them (e.g., San Diego) might have the ammo to trade ahead of them. Lots of generally useful info to be gleaned from such inquiries. So much so that it may well be standard operating procedure for them in every draft - and maybe for a lot of teams.
Then, someone in the Browns organization leaks the fact that they've had such a conversation with the Pats, perhaps to start a bidding war, but who knows what the agenda might have been. Some, hearing this news, interpret as meaning ONLY that the Pats MUST be trying to trade up to #6 and speculation/rationalization about the Pats potential target ensues with Julio Jones ("Moss replacement!!") quickly becoming the consensus rumor. Others check with their Pats sources and get confirmation that the Pats have indeed had this conversation with the Browns, while perhaps neglecting to ask, "Have you spoken with any of the OTHER teams picking ahead of you?" And so, the rumor begins to take on the appearance of fact.
As the draft unfolds, the FALCONS indeed trade up, paying an arm, a leg and Dimitroff's next two children for the #6 and, amazingly, take Julio Jones.
So, from here on, it will be repeated ad nauseum AS FACT that the Pats tried to trade up to #6 to take Julio Jones but were outbid by Dimitroff.