Denver Broncos general manager John Elway made the 30-minute trek from the owner’s meetings to the Arizona State pro day. For who?
After having his proposal of an alternative to the onside kick denied, John Elway stepped away from the NFL owner’s meetings at the Biltmore in Arizona and took the 30-minute or so trek to Arizona State’s football facility.
Elway, along with a number of other prominent executives, was there to watch the Sun Devils’ top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Thought it was a convenient location and timing, Elway was under no obligation to be in attendance at the ASU pro day, and the credential around his neck indicates this likely wasn’t just a, hey, how about we go check out the Arizona State pro day? type of thing.
Elway hasn’t been to any of the other major pro days around the country so far this offseason, and that includes major pro days like Alabama, Oklahoma, Missouri, Duke, and Ohio State (some of the top QB prospects throwing at those).
So why Arizona State?
Well, there are two prospects in particular at this pro day at positions of need for the Broncos Elway is getting a closer look at.
First and foremost, the star of the ASU pro day is wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Harry is considered one of the toughest receivers in this year’s NFL Draft, a true ‘alpha’ at the position who can win with size, strength, and strong hands.
Harry, despite being 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, is also very prolific from the slot.
The Broncos have a need at wide receiver, but does he have the specific set of skills Rich Scangarello is looking for or is he too much like Courtland Sutton?
That’s up to the Broncos to decide, or if they can just find a way to get a great player into their program and make him successful.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein thinks Harry can have success in the NFL because of his physical dominance.
In addition to Harry, it’s likely Elway wanted a closer look at Sun Devils defensive lineman Renell Wren.
Wren’s production at Arizona State never matched up to his massive potential.
At 6-foot-5, 318 pounds, Wren threw up 225 pounds 30 times on the bench press, ran an impressive 5.01 in the 40-yard dash, and had an eye-popping 32-inch vertical jump.
His numbers at the Combine likely forced defensive coaches to go back to the tape and see if they could find ways to utilize this guy better than he was in college, because he’s an absolutely freakish athlete.
He fits the size profile of guys who have historically been very effective in Vic Fangio’s defenses. With his size and athleticism, the Broncos could pretty much play Wren anywhere in their defensive front.
Since John Elway became general manager of the Broncos, he has drafted three Arizona State players (Brock Osweiler, Omar Bolden, Sam Jones).