This is a follow up to the post I wrote last week called"If You Listen To The FO".
We all know by now that the first round selection of DT Sylvester Williams was just a lucky "drop", but was Le'Veon Bell, RB Michigan State, a smoke screen? The Broncos didn't hide their interest in him, while no public knowledge of a visit with their 2nd round pick Montee Ball ever surfaced, and yet they selected Ball.
The opposite end of the spectrum saw them meet with QB Zac Dysert at a bowl game and then bring him to Dove Valley to watch film. That could have been a tip off, since we were looking for at least one QB for camp fodder. We also met with QB Matt Scott, but picked up UDFA, QB Ryan Katz for the fourth TC QB.
Of the 7 players we drafted this year, none of them had a private work out, unless it was Zac Dysert while he was at Dove Valley. It was reported that 12 players had "private" meetings with Broncos staff, and of those twelve, just QB Zac Dysert and OT Vinston Painter were selected.
Twenty two players reportedly had sit downs with the Broncos, either at the Combine, East-West Shrine Game or the Senior Bowl. Of those, DB Kayvon Webster & QB Zac Dysert were the only two selected, and none of the UDFA's this year were reported to have met with any Denver Broncos Staff members prior to becoming Broncos.
It looks to me like the FO covered their tracks pretty well, or that it was just the luck of the draw that players they showed great interest in went elsewhere. My conclusion, at least based upon this one draft, is that not much concrete data can be gathered purely based upon who the Broncos show interest in. Chances are pretty good that just one or two will ever wear the Orange & Blue.
Was this year a fluke? Does this same basic seanario play out every year? I'm going to check back next year to see the difference.