INDIANAPOLIS — When the Denver Broncos’ soccer decision-makers, together with John Elway, departed from the scouting mix earlier this week, that they had some extra data in hand in regards to the prime prospects within the draft.
That they had a protracted record of solutions from face-to-face discussions with these gamers, that they had a pile of medical data, they usually had seen the on-field exercises.
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However within the weeks to come back, they nonetheless must resolve if quarterback remains to be excessive on their record of draft priorities, and whether or not they suppose any of the quarterbacks on this draft might help them fill out what remains to be an unfinished long-term plan on the place.
“I feel that being 6-10, you consider each place,” Elway mentioned on the mix. And as for this 12 months’s draft class behind middle, Elway added: “We’re nonetheless within the technique of finding out them. We’ll maintain taking a look at them. I feel that there are lots of people enthusiastic about subsequent 12 months’s class. However we’re going to spend the time on this 12 months’s class and see the place we come out on that. I feel there’s some good gamers on this draft too.”
The Broncos have the framework of a commerce in place for Joe Flacco to be their beginning quarterback. That deal, for what is anticipated to be one in every of their two fourth-round draft picks in change for Flacco, 34, will change into official on or shortly after March 13 when the brand new league 12 months begins.
Elway has additionally mentioned his “choice” can be that final 12 months’s starter — Case Keenum — stays (if Keenum is keen to take a pay reduce) to be Flacco’s backup. Keenum is ready to earn an $18 million base wage for the time being and is assured, whether or not he’s on a roster or not, $7 million of that base wage.
Making Flacco the Broncos’ starter and attempting to maintain Keenum would possibly effectively say all the pieces about what Elway actually thinks about this 12 months’s draft class of quarterbacks, and what he thinks in regards to the skill of any of these quarterbacks to maneuver into the lineup rapidly.
It was clear because the mix drew to an in depth that, irrespective of how optimistic the league’s expertise evaluators are about Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins — the highest two quarterbacks on this draft — most within the league don’t suppose both participant is as NFL prepared as Baker Mayfield, who was the No. 1 choose within the 2018 draft, was a 12 months in the past.
With Flacco on board, presumably Keenum, in addition to the No. 10 choose in hand, that leaves Elway to resolve if the highest quarterbacks are value surrendering the bounty of draft picks — and potential affect gamers that might include them — that it could take to maneuver up within the draft. Or, if the Broncos imagine one of many different quarterbacks down the board is value bringing in to develop.
In the long run, the Broncos are in want of answer that goes past Flacco and Keenum. They don’t have a quarterback on their present roster they chose within the draft, as not one of the 5 Elway has chosen since being employed in 2011 stays with the workforce. However to make use of a premium choose on a quarterback the group is not completely bought on, or is not as much as the problem, is not any answer both.
“We’re going to do all the pieces we are able to, at each place, to get again to taking part in the best way we have to play,” Elway mentioned. “That features quarterback and each different place on the sphere.”