The questions surrounding John Elway’s ability to find the Denver Broncos quarterback of the future have only grown louder in recent weeks. The trade for Joe Flacco brought out some hilarious hate for Elway. That hate isn’t exactly unwarranted, and it is time for the Broncos to try something different.
Elway has been trying to replace Peyton Manning since he retired. He has gone with some ordinary, standard QBs in the past. Brock Osweiler was supposed to be his heir, then Paxton Lynch was drafted to be Elway’s QBOTF. He never could beat out 7th round draft pick Trevor Siemian. Case Keenum was unable to duplicate his 2017 season in 2018. Finding a QB is hard.
As I’ve been saying on-air, when you’re looking for the franchise QB for the long-term, you need the guy who can go punch for punch with Mahomes, because that’s what you’ll need for the next decade. Ordinary will not do.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) February 26, 2019
As the NFL Combine is upon us once again, the Broncos are looking at what they should do with the tenth pick in the NFL Draft. It appears that Elway has a lot of interest in Missouri QB Drew Lock. He may end up having a solid NFL career, but it is time for Elway to get away from ordinary.
On the MHR Radio Podcast (iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher), Ian St. Clair and I discussed Andrew Mason’s tweet. That sentence at the end stood out. “Ordinary will not do.” Elway has a type. Lock fits that type. Tall, big arm, prototypical QB.
This may be coming across as a call for Denver to draft Kyler Murray. Not necessarily. The Broncos should take the best player available at No. 10. If Murray is there, it could be the best move. It would certainly be a change up for Elway, who says he is going to keep swinging until he hits on a QB. Maybe the baseball reference will work with Murray.
The Combine is here, so what should #Broncos fans look for over the next few days in Indy? @AdamMalnati16 & I also sift through the receiver options, & we talk about the need for Denver to stop going ordinary at QB (h/t @MaseDenver).@ApplePodcasts: https://t.co/YxcGz9vnrO— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) February 27, 2019
Murray could still be available at 10, but he isn’t the best QB in the draft. If Elway really wants to get away from ordinary he could trade up for Dwayne Haskins. He looks like the best QB in the draft. Trading up would certainly make a statement about the future of the team.
The Broncos have several options in the draft. Whether they draft a QB, or fill another position of need like middle linebacker, Elway can’t keep falling into the same trap. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. It’s time to get away from ordinary, and swing for the fences.