Broncos plan visits with the top four quarterback prospects in the NFL draft

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John Elway’s search for a franchise quarterback continues.

Elway confirmed to reporters at the league meeting today that he wants to take a close look at all of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s NFL draft and that the Broncos will host Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones for pre-draft visits.

Those four are considered by most to be the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. The Broncos have the 10th overall pick and at least one, perhaps as many as three, of those four should be there when Denver makes its pick. Murray is likely to be off the board and the Broncos would probably have to trade all the way up to No. 1 with the Cardinals if they wanted him.

Although Elway scored when he convinced Peyton Manning to sign with the Broncos in free agency, he has otherwise been unsuccessful at finding a franchise quarterback. He spent a first-round pick on Paxton Lynch and a second-round pick on Brock Osweiler, neither of whom lived up to his draft status. If Elway drafts a quarterback this year, the idea would likely be to have him spend a year on the sideline behind Joe Flacco before taking over as the starter in 2020.

24 responses to “Broncos plan visits with the top four quarterback prospects in the NFL draft

  1. John Elway is a very good GM who built 2 Superbowl teams, winning 1. Give the man his respect. As far as finding a QB in the draft, Denver never had a high enough pick in the draft to get a top QB prospect, and has had to roll the dice on 2nd tier QB prospects since he’s been in charge.

  2. Elway should sign Peyton Manning to a 1 day contract as Assistant GM and have him choose the next QB. Elway may have been a great QB, but he’s a terrible judge of them (and save the “he signed Manning” argument. Anybody with common sense would have done the same).

  3. Yeah, he deserves a break. After all, the quarterback whisperers of 2000 thought Spurgeon Wynn was better than some guy named Brady.

  4. theshieldisajoke says:
    March 24, 2019 at 5:23 pm
    Elway should sign Peyton Manning to a 1 day contract as Assistant GM and have him choose the next QB. Elway may have been a great QB, but he’s a terrible judge of them (and save the “he signed Manning” argument. Anybody with common sense would have done the same).
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    Actually, several teams didn’t consider Manning… there was a real question about whether he’d ever recover…he wanted to stay in the division and play for the Texans, but they didn’t give him a sniff… look it up.

  5. A great quarterback himself, Elway, can’t seem to figure out what a franchise quarterback actually looks like. The Broncos can’t continue to try to find veteran quarterbacks and not eventually try to draft one for the future. I still can’t believe how Elway moved up to get Lynch in the first round jumping the Cowboys from drafting him, then the Cowboys ended up drafting Dak Prescott in the 4th round. Dak has taken the Cowboys to two playoff appearances and Lynch has done completely nothing.

  6. dickshotdogs says:
    March 24, 2019 at 5:32 pm
    Yeah, he deserves a break. After all, the quarterback whisperers of 2000 thought Spurgeon Wynn was better than some guy named Brady.

    Quote of the day my friend. Quote of the day.

    Still prefer Nathan’s though…

  7. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give Average Joe a year to prove himself in this offense. If it doesn’t work out, then draft Herbert next year. This really isn’t that hard

  8. This rumor must be music to Joe Flecko’s ears
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    It’s also “music to our ears”. Signed, 3 teams from the AFC West.

  9. camsbiggestfan says:
    March 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    John Elway is a very good GM who built 2 Superbowl teams, winning 1. Give the man his respect. As far as finding a QB in the draft, Denver never had a high enough pick in the draft to get a top QB prospect, and has had to roll the dice on 2nd tier QB prospects since he’s been in charge.
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    I give him credit for assembling a good roster, very complimentary of Manning during those two SB years, but the article states he picked a QB in the first round and the second round already and both flamed out already. That’s not good. And he missed on Simien, Keenum, and now going with flaaco. Those are all on him. And I’m not saying picking a franchise QB is easy, it’s not, but many many other teams have found theirs with as many tries as he’s had. And his post Manning years haven’t exactly been good. He needs to hit on this years QB prospect because he could be on the hot seat if Flacco flames out (#asexpected) and in 2020 the second year guy he drafts this year doesn’t play well.

  10. Careful with bringing in a young guy with energy- don’t want to make Flacco miserable.

  11. Give the man credit for trying, he definitely is not complacent, problem is a lot of wasted money in the process. But, reality is you have to have the franchise QB to win it all, so Big John, bring in one of this year’s four , odds have to be in your favor eventually.

  12. All these people hating on Elway are a joke, he got most of these QB’s when the Broncos were contending for Championships. Trevor was a 7 round draft pick, he was never considered a franchise QB, Brock had a chance but Elway was smart not overpaying for him like the Texans did. Sure Paxton was a bust, but a lot of teams wanted to draft him when he was coming out. Most QB’s bust. I bet 3 out of the top 4 bust this year. There is only 4-5 elite QB’s in the league, so I guess the rest are busts based on peoples unrealistic expectations.

  13. Lots of arm chair GMs who say he didn’t do this and he didn’t do that. You know what he has done, win. When he retired he had the most wins of any QB. He won two rings as a player. Then he came back and won another. So until you have four rings, you can’t bash him. If you have more rings than he does and have some feedback, I’m all ears.

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