The Broncos have publicly supported new QBs Kyle Orton and Chris Simms, but that won’t stop them from evaluating USC’s Mark Sanchez.
The Denver Post, citing a league source, reports that Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders will bring in Sanchez for a workout Tuesday.
The Broncos have the No. 12 and 18 overall picks in the first round to package in a trade if they want to move up to select Sanchez. Our NFL.com experts have Sanchez going no later than No. 10 in next week’s draft. McDaniels said that the Broncos could come away from the draft with a quarterback, be it Sanchez or another player, according to The Post:
- “We’ve evaluated all the quarterbacks in this draft, and there’s more than a handful that are pretty good players and would fit in and play well in this league and for our team,” McDaniels told reporters. “If it fit right where we had to draft a player, then we would be interested in drafting a quarterback if that would help us.”
So far, there hasn’t been much talk of teams moving up in the draft. Seahawks president Tim Ruskell, whose team owns the No. 4 overall pick, told reporters that many of the teams at the top of the draft order don’t believe they can move down (via the Seattle Times):
- “Those of us at the top don’t sense we’re going down,” Ruskell said. “The phone’s not ringing off the hook for that. I would say if there’s movement and change you will see it below us, the eight to 10 to 12. Then you might start to see it.”
- “The other thing that’s driving that — at least this year — is the consensus that there’s really no franchise players in this draft. There’s not that pick-three or pick-six elite, and I think that’s driven a little bit by the fact that you’ve got a lot of underclassmen that you’re guessing what they could get to. They’re talent said they could get there, but they just didn’t get enough time in college to develop.”
The Seahawks have been rumored to be considering Sanchez as a eventual successor to Matt Hasselbeck, and Ruskell indicated that the Seahawks were pleased with the USC QB’s character.