John elway on bronco Qb"we do not have a fran
john elway on bronco Qb" we do not have a franchise Qb"
Broncos eyeing quarterbacks Aaron Wilson
Why are the Denver Broncos spending so much time and resources investigating the quarterback draft class?
Well, executive John Elway is pretty sure there's no John Elway currently on the roster.
The Broncos are working out Washington quarterback Jake Locker today and have also spent time evaluating Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick and several other passers. For now, veteran Kyle Orton is the starter and Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn are his backups.
“Well the bottom line is at that position, everybody realizes how important that position is," Elway told 104.3 The Fan in Denver, per SportsRadioInterviews.com. "And anytime you have the draft position we have — second in the draft — you have to look at everybody. And we’re looking at every position, not only the quarterback position, but that seems to get the most attention because of what we have here. But obviously if there’s a guy there that’s a franchise guy there, we definitely have to look at it because we’re not sure we have a franchise guy on our team right now.
"So obviously we’ve got to visit that, look at it, and do our due diligence on it and then we’ll make our decision from there. But no, it’s not a smokescreen. We realize, and I realize,how important that position is, and if there’s a franchise guy there that we know is a franchise guy, we’d have to look at it.”
The Broncos could wind up with one of the top defensive linemen like Marcell Dareus, Nick Fairley or Da'Quan Bowers or blue-chip cornerback Patrick Peterson. They're not expected to draft Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton.
Defensive line might be the way to go for Denver.
“It is just because of the fact that it’s so hard to be able to find guys with that size that have athletic ability," Elway said of defensive linemen. "Whether they’re raw coming out of college or they’re polished coming out of college, people see that athletic ability with the size and the speed. You just can’t find that, it’s very difficult to find those type of athletes that are that big later in the draft. That’s why I think you see so many of those guys with the speed and the size do not go very deep in the draft.”
Elway said he's enjoying his new duties.
“I am," he said. "It’s been great. Obviously it’s been a lot of work but it’s something that I was hoping to have the opportunity to do for a long time. And that opportunity arose. I really enjoy it. I don’t call it work when you enjoy doing what you’re doing and that’s why it’s been a thrill. Getting Coach Fox in here has been a joy, I mean he’s been really refreshing for this whole building — his energy and his wisdom about the game of football is tremendous. So it’s been great working with him, as well as Brian (Xanders), and getting to know everybody in the building.”