The Denver Broncos are doing their due diligence on quarterbacks in case one falls to the 10th overall pick. They will have a meeting with Dwayne Haskins.
Dwayne Haskins is fresh off of a Heisman-worthy season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, and despite just one year of starting experience, he declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
If the Broncos decide to go with a quarterback, he could be their selection at number 10 overall.
According to Adam Schefter, Haskins is set to meet with the Broncos prior to April’s NFL Draft in Nashville, TN.
This should come as no shock, as the Broncos do their due diligence on quarterbacks every year. They don’t have a young, long-term solution on the roster, but John Elway has stated multiple times he feels like Joe Flacco is heading into his prime at the age of 34.
Is that all talk? Would the Broncos really compromise what they have with Flacco by taking a quarterback in the first round this year?
My opinion is that there is little to no chance the Broncos will use a first-round pick on a quarterback this year after the acquisition of Flacco. Why?
Well, for starters, if the Broncos wanted to take a quarterback in the first round, why go to the trouble of acquiring Flacco at all? The only argument to be made there is the Broncos paid the price of a fourth-round pick and added extra money to the 2019 salary cap to create the illusion that they weren’t overly interested in quarterbacks, thus preventing teams like Washington and Miami (who will also meet with Haskins) from jumping up ahead of them.
That’s certainly a preferable alternative to trading next year’s first-round pick and this year’s third-rounder (and possibly more) to move up from the 10th pick to secure a quarterback out of desperation.
If it works, that is.
More likely than that, the Broncos decided after watching tape with the new coaching staff that Flacco was a better fit for this offense than any of the first-round prospects. The Broncos know they need to start developing a young quarterback, but I don’t think that will be in the first round.
With that said, I could very well be wrong, and the Broncos might be very intrigued by Haskins, who was one of the most productive passers in college football this season, showing off remarkable accuracy throughout the year for Ohio State.
Maybe Haskins comes in and blows Denver away on the whiteboard and as a person, and they decide they can’t pass up on him if he falls to 10.
Or, this is an elaborate ploy to get a team like Miami or Washington to trade up into Denver’s spot.