NFL Network’s Peter Schrager is at the NFL owner’s meetings in Arizona, and says the Denver Broncos could trade up to secure Drew Lock.
Because of the fact that Schrager had the Broncos taking a guy who many believe to be QB1 in this year’s draft, this selection, and the Broncos, in general, got a lot of extra face time on Good Morning Football.
The clips aren’t available, so you may have to track down the entire episode of GMFB if you want to hear exactly what they talked about, but they played a clip of John Elway talking to Judy Battista where he says he thinks Joe Flacco can be ‘the guy’ for the Broncos.
Apparently, he still doesn’t have everyone convinced, including Schrager, who was talking about his pick of Drew Lock at six overall to the Giants when he threw out the scenario including the Broncos possibly trading up.
I’m paraphrasing here, of course, but Schrager said based on what he knows and what he’s heard that he wouldn’t be surprised if Elway loved Drew Lock enough not only to take him at 10 overall but to trade up to draft him, possibly as high as 3rd or 5th overall.
Wouldn’t that be something?
Elway acknowledged the perceived interest from the outside at the NFL owner meetings. He’s not been very subtle about his love for Lock over the past year.
That quote doesn’t necessarily mean the Broncos are going to trade their next two first-round picks to move up for Lock, but despite the signals the acquisition of Joe Flacco may send, the Broncos are not out of the first-round QB mix.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see them go a different direction than QB. I would not be surprised at all if Elway feels like Joe Flacco truly is entering the prime years of his career, thus taking the Broncos out of the first-round quarterback market for another year.
They don’t have to take a QB in the first round, but the possibility exists that Elway could like someone enough (like Lock) to put the succession plan in place immediately.