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Broncos checking out more quarterback prospects

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The Broncos continue to send signals that they’re going to grab a quarterback at some point in next week’s draft.

They went down to Arizona last week to check out the tall Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler and they’ll follow that up with a pair of visits from quarterbacks at team headquarters this week. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins and San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley will both come in to meet with the team and make their case for being a developmental option behind Peyton Manning.

Cousins started three years for the Spartans and drew a lot of praise for his leadership skills and accuracy as a quarterback. His arm strength doesn’t draw quite as many rave reviews. He’s been projected to go as high as the second round.

Lindley is pegged a bit lower, around the fourth round, after four years as a collegiate starter. He’s got ideal size and a strong arm, but has been marked down for inconsistency and an inability to read defenses quickly enough. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos also take a look at Nick Foles from Arizona, who is ranked somewhere around the three guys already mentioned.

Whichever young quarterback winds up in Denver, it seems clear that the Broncos are making sure they have some other option for a future when Manning is no longer on the job.

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14 Responses to “Broncos checking out more quarterback prospects”
  1. TaiwanMike says: Apr 16, 2012 10:21 AM

    Manning is still a band-aid even if the Broncos end up making it to a Super Bowl. Denver has to still act as if Manning won’t be there two years from now (which is probably true, success or fail). Signing Manning was a very effective way to get the Tebow circus out of town.

  2. brutus9448 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    they’ll probably will start by week 4 when manning goes on IR.

  3. kleppnasty says: Apr 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    Cousin’s is a 4th round prospect, Lindley is later/undrafted. Osweiler is a potential 3rd round bust, of the three, Denver should get Cousins in the 4th/5th or take Wilson in the 5th. Both look like solid back ups with a more realistic shot of being able to start in the distant future. Osweiler couldn’t even win in college and Lindley is just one of the many San Diego State QBs who gets draft praise but will do nothing in the NFL.

  4. CKL says: Apr 16, 2012 10:45 AM

    I agree they would be wise to look for a young QB, but not for PM’s backup. Any backup of his won’t get any reps so they need a vet who has “been there done that”, is 0 threat to the starter in any way (I’ve heard from someone who knew a player on the Colts that it matters what PM thinks of you personally as far as who the backup is), and can go in with minimal reps and have a good chance to perform decently.

  5. savocabol1 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:48 AM

    I seriously hate to do this kind of speculating and never want to wish an injury on anyone. But if Peyton gets injured this year the Broncos are screwed. They invested all their cards in Manning.

    If, for whatever reason, it fails look for the Broncos to be bottom feeders in their division.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 16, 2012 11:02 AM

    Meh none of these prospects sound like more then projects and the Broncos already have a project QB they like in Adam Weber.

    Gotta feeling they’ll take a 5th round flier on a QB but won’t reach for a career backup prospect early on.

  7. stunzeed5 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:21 AM

    Maybe the can sign Colt Brennan? I’m sure his Lingerie Football League team will let him go so he can fail in the NFL again! Aloha ohanas!

  8. bozosforall says: Apr 16, 2012 11:22 AM

    Foles is their best option for the future if they are going to pick from the QBs listed above.

  9. exhibits5 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:30 AM

    I think Denver will draft. nick fowles the kid has a cannon arm.I have him as the4th best QB on my big bored /

  10. thcnote says: Apr 16, 2012 11:48 AM

    exhibits5 says:
    Apr 16, 2012 11:30 AM
    I think Denver will draft. nick fowles the kid has a cannon arm.I have him as the4th best QB on my big bored /
    ——-
    Nobody gives a flying donkey fart about your big BORED.

  11. joetoronto says: Apr 16, 2012 11:52 AM

    exhibits5 says:
    Apr 16, 2012 11:30 AM
    I think Denver will draft. nick fowles the kid has a cannon arm.I have him as the4th best QB on my big bored /
    ***************************************************
    Whatever you say, Nick.

  12. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 16, 2012 11:53 AM

    McNabb is available, and if you ask him, he’s a ‘starter’

  13. gonzo7 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    Cousins makes perfect sense for them in the 4th or 5th. Not the biggest arm but he is smart, accurate, and a good kid. He can sit and learn behind Manning for 3 or 4 years.

  14. spellingcops says: Apr 16, 2012 1:21 PM

    thcnote says: Apr 16, 2012 11:48 AM

    exhibits5 says:
    Apr 16, 2012 11:30 AM
    I think Denver will draft. nick fowles the kid has a cannon arm.I have him as the4th best QB on my big bored /
    ——-
    Nobody gives a flying donkey fart about your big BORED.
    —————————————————
    You meant board, as in chalkboard, right?

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