The Denver Broncos are one of the teams atop the upcoming draft that could take a quarterback. Currently they have the No. 5 overall pick in their pocket, and at least one Broncos player, cornerback Chris Harris, is adamantly against using it to draft a quarterback.
Broncos DB Chris Harris, asked if he wants the Broncos to take a QB at #5. "Not a quarterback right now. We're trying to win right now. We don't have time to wait."
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) April 24, 2018
Harris went on to say that he’s not the only veteran on the team that isn’t interested in having the team bring in a quarterback with this pick.
#Broncos Chris Harris said "We talk about it all the time. We want somebody in that top five pick to come in and play and be a Pro Bowler. Hopefully get a guy who will be an impact player." Vets are not looking for a quarterback. They want to rebound now. #Denver7
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) April 24, 2018
This says two things.
First, it says that the Broncos really feel good about Case Keenum, who signed a two-year deal to come in and start under center. He performed admirably last year for the Minnesota Vikings when Sam Bradford was hurt, going 11-3 as a starter while completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Harris’ statements also tell us that Broncos players aren’t exactly enamored with the top rookies in this year’s draft class. And honestly, that’s fair. All of the top guys have some tremendous potential, but there isn’t a “safe” pick among them. They all come with warning labels, to to speak.
Denver has been strongly linked to Baker Mayfield in the past, but John Elway has also made it clear he’s wide open to trading down from No. 5 overall. If he listens to Harris and the players on the roster who share his thoughts, Elway will stay away from taking a quarterback early.