Baker Mayfield and the Denver Broncos continue strong connection

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield /

The Denver Broncos and Heisman winning quarterback Baker Mayfield continue to be strongly connected. Mayfield hired a Colorado-based agency…

The Denver Broncos and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield continue to be strongly connected in the pre-draft process.

After John Elway and company were unable to make an appearance at Mayfield’s college playoff semi-final game against Georgia, news broke that Mayfield was going to be in the Senior Bowl and that the Broncos would be coaching one of the rosters in the game.

Now, Mayfield has reportedly agreed to work with a Colorado-based sports agency, despite likely having many other high profile suitors in that regard.

I don’t know if there’s anything to read into the fact that Mayfield hired a Colorado-based agency or not. It’s just interesting to me, given the fact that the Broncos have already shown they are quite interested in getting to know Mayfield, requesting he be on their North roster at the 2018 Senior Bowl.

Elway talked at his end-of-season presser about what he looks for in a young quarterback, and why he made a few trips at the end of the college season to go and see players like Josh Allen and Sam Darnold in person.

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He would have also gone to see Josh Rosen, but Rosen didn’t play in UCLA’s bowl game due to injury.

But unlike with Allen and Darnold, the Broncos are getting a hands-on approach to getting to know Baker Mayfield personally. That’s what Elway’s end-of-season visits were about, seeing how guys react in situations and how they handle themselves as leaders as much as actually just playing the game.

The Broncos have seen what Mayfield can do on the field. Perhaps they’ll want to see some more ‘pro style’ concepts from him with their coaching staff over the practice week in Mobile, but more than anything, this is a chance for the Broncos to get a personal evaluation of a player that could very well end up being their next franchise quarterback.

As I’ve previously written, the opportunity Mayfield has at the Senior Bowl is a huge one. He could completely shift this team’s strategy from pursuing a free agent quarterback in March.

There are a ton of different factors that could alter the Broncos’ plans between now and the 2018 NFL Draft, but the recent connections between this team and Mayfield are too strong to ignore.