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Vance Joseph believes coaching Senior Bowl gives Broncos ‘clear advantage’ to evaluate prospects

The Denver Broncos have a golden opportunity to evaluate prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft by coaching them all week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

First things first, friends: the Senior Bowl is underway. If you haven’t been keeping tabs on all of our content for this week’s festivities, be sure to bookmark this page to see all of our content and analysis from what is happening in Mobile. Additionally, be sure to give Jeff Essary a follow on Twitter (@JeffreyEssary). He is representing Mile High Report well at the Senior Bowl and has a plethora of information to share — you won’t want to miss what he has to say!

The first day of practices was an eventful day for all players, coaches and scouts. It was the first opportunity of the week for prospects to showcase their ability in front of talent gurus and decision makers from across the league. Perhaps one of the biggest silver-lining’s in a dreadful 2017 campaign for the Broncos is that it gave them the incredible opportunity to get and up close and personal look at some of the best talent the 2018 NFL Draft has to offer. According to head coach Vance Joseph, it’s a ‘clear advantage’ to be able to have this type of access to players and will be extremely helpful for the franchise to evaluate players precisely, and hit on picks that can help the team out immediately next season.

“I think it’s a clear advantage to have a chance to coach this game, to watch those kids in meetings, to watch them in practice and to watch them in install meetings to see how they react to information,” stated Joseph. “To coach this game is really, really valuable for our football team to have a chance to really sit and learn about the player. To me, it’s a clear advantage to be here,” he went on to add.

The Broncos are sitting pretty in this year’s draft with nine selections. The icing on the cake is that their first five picks are in the Top 125 overall. There’s no doubt that with a productive week down in Mobile, they will have a great shot at getting the information necessary to find players who fit what the team wants to do on and off the field, which is something Joseph discussed as well.

“You rarely miss when you coach this game. Again, having access to the players at a different level of just football, allows you to pick the right players,” said Joseph. “Jacksonville coached this game I think three years in a row with Gus [Bradley]. That team played pretty good on Sunday. I think it’s worth it. It’s a clear advantage coaching this game so you can have intimate access to these players. That’s important.”

Joseph’s absolutely right. This is a rare opportunity for Denver that should help out with their ability to hit on their draft picks. Last season, only a few players out of their entire 2017 draft class were able to perform on the field and make an impact. So here is to hoping that this golden ticket to coach the Senior Bowl will allow them to find great players who can help turn things around and become future foundations of a franchise that is in desperate need of a talent infusion.

As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.

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