Every year the Denver Broncos scouts, coaches, and General Manager John Elway make a trip to Mobile Alabama to watch the top seniors in this year's draft class participate in practices and eventually the Senior Bowl game. Scouts and Coaches meet with a number of players during this week and get a first-hand look at the prospects in drills, in pads, and in a game situation.
So now let us take a look at the notable players the Denver Broncos have shown interest in.
Quarterback Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
Each year Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway does his due diligence on the Quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft class. John Elway is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL history, and he knows what he wants in a quarterback.
According to multiple reports out of Mobile the Broncos have shown a bit of interest in Colorado State's Garrett Grayson.
Here is Walter Football's report on the Denver Broncos apparent interest in Grayson.
Sources say that one team that is interested in getting an eye on Grayson is the Broncos. If Peyton Manning doesn't come back for the 2015 season, Denver will want a quarterback to compete with Brock Osweiler, and Grayson could be in play for the Broncos in the second or third round. Grayson has displayed a strong arm, field vision to work through progressions, experience in a pro style system, and athleticism. Numerous league contacts have said that Grayson could be this year's quarterback prospect who rises and may end up being a Jimmy Garappolo-type prospect. If that's the case, the Broncos taking Grayson in Round 2 would mirror New England drafting Garappolo.
The Broncos are in an interesting spot currently. The Broncos still do not know if Peyton Manning will be returning for the 2015 season despite some reports that he wants to come back. Also Brock Osweiler who is considered the "quarterback of the future" is entering his final year of his rookie contract. So it would make sense for the Broncos to at least consider taking another quarterback early in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Grayson would be an interesting prospect for the Broncos. He has experience in a pro style offense which is always important, he's athletic, has a strong arm and has bloodlines. His uncle Danny Grayson was an All-American linebacker at Washington State and was selected in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Grayson has the potential to be the third quarterback taken behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. If he has a strong offseason he could sneak himself into the late first round, but at the very least he's a day two prospect.
Quarterback Bryce Petty, Baylor
Another prospect the Denver Broncos are showing interest in is Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.
Petty had a solid college career but, there are some questions about whether or not his game transitions to the NFL or not. Petty played in a spread offense so he will need to transition to a pro-style offense, and need to learn to play from under center.
Petty is athletic and has a strong enough arm to make every throw asked of him. The big question for Petty will be how quickly he can adjust to playing under center and his transition from a spread offense to a pro-style offense.
Tight End Clive Walford, Miami
With Julius Thomas and Virgil Green both heading the Free Agency the Denver Broncos are taking a look at some of the top tight ends in this year's class. Miami's Clive Walford is considered one of the top tight ends in the 2015 NFL Draft, and his having a great week at the Senior Bowl.
Walford is listed at 6'4 254lbs and is a very good receiver. The Broncos could use Walford much like the way they use Julius Thomas in the offense. He can line up wide and use his size to beat corners and linebackers.
As for blocking, he does need some work at it. According to ESPN Denver's Cecil Lammey, Walford is an effort blocker who needs to work on his technique
@Skotty_Payne effort blocker. Needs work on techniques— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) January 22, 2015
Run blocking is important in Gary Kubiak's offense so he will need to show the Broncos that he can be a capable run blocker.
Other prospects who the Broncos have reportedly shown interest in at the Senior Bowl
- Miami LB Denzel Perryman
- Minnesota RB David Cobb
- Miami OL Max Garcia
- Missouri DE/LB Markus Golden
- Oklahoma OLB/DE Geneo Grissom
- Ohio St. WR Devin Smith
- Oklahoma Tackle Daryl Williams