Draft another quarterback
The third and final thing John Elway needs to do for the Denver Broncos is draft a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft. The idea here is not necessarily to draft a guy who you expect to start but to draft a guy that you can develop behind Drew Lock as a backup option in case Lock goes down with an injury.
Worst case scenario, the guy doesn’t pan out as a backup and the Denver Broncos move on. Best case scenario, the quarterback looks real good in mop-up time, preseason action, and the occasional spot start and maybe becomes great trade bait in the future a la Matt Cassel for the New England Patriots or Jimmy Garrapolo for the New England Patriots or even Jacoby Brissett for the Patriots.
With so much capital, the Broncos theoretically could address the position on day two, but what I would like to see is the selection of another signal-caller on day three.
If Jake Fromm does declare for the NFL Draft but slips to the 3rd or 4th round because of arm strength and low ceiling concerns than I am running to the podium to grab the third-year starter at Georgia. He might look like a career backup, but that’s kind of what we are going for here.
Iowa’s Nate Stanley is also intriguing given his arm strength, leadership, and size, and we know how much John Elway can fall in love with players like this who possess the look of an NFL quarterback. He should be available in the middle of day three.
Stanford’s KJ Costello is another guy who could fall into the Denver Broncos lap at the start of day three. With the senior’s career at Stanford cut short because of injuries this season, he may slip, but he has starter potential and you know you’re getting a smart kid if you get them from Stanford.
Whether John Elway decides to go this route remains to be seen, and it probably depends heavily on what they feel like they have with Brandon Allen and Brett Rypien, but with this much draft capital in the bank, you might as well take a flyer on one of these guys and see how the ensuing backup quarterback battle shakes out.