After a 5-11 2017 season filled with terrible quarterback play, the Denver Broncos hold the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Coach Vance Joseph was thought to be on the hot seat, but general manager John Elway is keeping him around for at least another year.
Joseph is a defensive-minded coach, but he should probably turn his scouting focus (at least in the first round) to quarterback.
Denver started three different quarterbacks last season. Trevor Siemian was the only one of those to win a game. He went 5-5 as a starter, throwing for 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Elway was said to be impressed by Wyoming’s Josh Allen at the Senior Bowl, but there are many questions surrounding him.
Allen had average, at best, senior season. He threw for 16 touchdowns, which was significantly less than the 28 he tossed in 2016. Not only did he drop off statistically, he only brought home Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors. A quarterback slated as a top ten NFL Draft pick shouldn’t be the third best quarterback in that conference.
Allen does have a lot of qualities, and with some time to develop, could turn into a reliable NFL starter. But who will he learn from? Definitely not Trevor Siemian.
Von Miller said earlier this offseason that he had spoken to free agent Kirk Cousins about coming to Denver, but that was before the Jets said they would shell out a lot for Cousins. Unless the Broncos can match that, they might want to start looking elsewhere for a veteran.
Journeyman Case Keenum is coming off of a career year, in which he led the Vikings to a 13-3 record and an NFC Championship appearance. He’s expected to hit the open market next month. Keenum is the perfect short-term, veteran guy to mentor Allen for a year or two.
If Keenum ends up being awful, the Broncos can toss Allen in, but the approach makes sense as they could potentially set themselves up to win now and in the future.