John Elway has met with Drew Lock
Domata Peko Jersey , but it might just mean he’s learned from his mistakes."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Broncos podcastsDenver Broncos 2019 DraftElway has learned to cross his T’sNew,149commentsJohn Elway has met with Drew Lock, but it might just mean he’s learned from his mistakes. Elway has learned to cross his T’sJohn Elway and company are now (or have been) meeting with Drew Lock for an extended look at the youngster QB and this extra special visit forces us to wonder; is he the guy for the Denver Broncos at #10? There’s no way that they would spend multiple days with the guy and perhaps even have a slumber party (in the podcast above we talk about whether Elway has Big Bird or Boba Fett PJs) and not be seriously interested in picking him as your top pick in the 2019 draft. Right?This is proof positive for the pro-Lock people that the decision has been made and if the Missouri Quarterback is available (which is not guaranteed), the Broncos will give him the task of being the next franchise QB. Except….it’s not. Elway has finally learned that he must practice all due diligence and he can’t again make the mistake of drafting guys early that he never even met with. (See Paxton Lynch). He learned with Mike Munchak that meeting with a coach/player and getting to know him can never hurt. If he had settled for Fangio and not brought in Munchak the Broncos wouldn’t now have the best OL coach in the NFL now on their sideline right beside Vic Fangio. Elway crossed his T’s and dotted his I’s and it paid off. The less recent past didn’t bring the same success stories and the Denver GM has seemingly learned from his mistakes. Hopefully he’s learned from all of them.One mistake he could repeat would indeed be to draft a guy simply out of need. Even a QB. Even Drew Lock. Lock by no means and by no evaluation that I’ve seen is considered as a top-ten talent. He’s often not even thought of as a top 30 talent. What he is though, is a QB, and that pushes all worries to the side. His lack of big game experience, comparisons to Jay Cutler and questionable decision making get lost in the shuffle just simply because he’s a QB and teams need a QB. In fact, this is the one reason why I liked the Joe Flacco move (after a few days of pure anger) because the Broncos would no longer be desperate for a Quarterback in the draft. The Broncos should not, not, not draft Drew Lock unless they believe him to be either a.) a franchise QB or b.) the best player available. If they are interested in him simply because he’s the “best QB in the draft” then Elway should also go eat a bear turd because it’s the most edible of all animal turds - science. We (Kevin and Skipper Dude) are pro Elway guys and think that he has done far more good for this team as a GM than bad. He’s made mistakes but he also brought us a championship in 2015 and a heckuva lot of fun during the PFM years. We believe that he has earned our support for at least the next three years and - for me personally - I believe that he has learned from his errors and if he picks Lock it is because Lock is THE guy who will lead this team for the next 10 to 15 years. But I doubt it. Ed Oliver, big guy, start testing how you look in blue and orange bro. Time for some Orange Crush.MHR Radio is now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher,TuneIn and anywhere else you get your podcasts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear. Could Denver Broncos GM John Elway tab the Buckeye, Dwayne Haskins, as the heir to Peyton Manning?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Denver Broncos 2019 DraftGIF Horse - Dwayne Haskins, franchise quarterback?New,125commentsCould Denver Broncos GM John Elway tab the Buckeye, Dwayne Haskins, as the heir to Peyton Manning? GIF Horse - Dwayne Haskins, franchise quarterback?Could Haskins be the heir to Elway? Aaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsThe very first word that comes to mind with Dwayne Haskins is “distributor.” Some quarterbacks are dangerous with the ball in their hands (hello Kyler Murray), but that’s not the Buckeyes’ game. He’s a point man that puts his playmakers in situations to succeed. Sort of like another Urban QB. It may have been the system he played in, but I couldn’t shake the Alex Smith vibes. Haskins is nowhere near the runner Smith was coming out in 2005 Ronald Leary Jersey , but both are at their best when they’re simply making the right reads. Both also depend heavily on their surrounding talent.In the last few weeks there’s been persistent rumors that some teams prefer Drew Lock to Haskins and that the latter could experience a slide on Draft Day. It comes down to fit, but when you consider the concerns about both, it makes a lot of sense. Many teams see Lock and think he’s just some good coaching away from correcting all that ails him, while Haskins is harder to project. The big questions you hear about Dwayne Haskins are his upside, vertical passing, and ability to handle pressure. One full season as a starter means there’s limited tape to definitively answer them, but all three are worth investigating further.Pressure makes diamonds, or it crushes rocks.Haskins can destroy pressure with strikes, or fold completely. The best way to defeat any quarterback is to get in his face. There’s a reason why edge rushers make more on average than any position besides quarterback. With that said, Haskins’ worst moments come out when he isn’t comfortable in the pocket. While his pre-snap reads and short passing game are huge strengths, he can be slow to read down from a deep throw and become erratic on targets 2+, especially when he’s under duress. Haskins misses wide open outlet receivers and eats dirt. To be fair, Haskins is a really young quarterback, and he shows moments on tape where he’s good at finding his outlets. But it won’t be as easy in the NFL, and he can’t just rely on things like Mesh to bail him out. He’ll need to get better at finding his backs and hot reads in the face of pressure since he won’t be able to run himself to safety. Anyone can read the stats, but how good is his arm? One of the first things Haskins’ defenders will throw out there is that he threw for a Big Ten record 50 touchdowns last year. It’s true, and he also completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards on his way to doing so. He torched Michigan’s second-ranked defense for 396 yards and six touchdowns, and no interceptions.Much like Urban’s best Florida teams, OSU’s scheme wrecks teams with speed all over the field. As a bad Michigan fan, I can tell you I watched “the Game” as it played out last year. One thing that became painfully apparent was how big a staple crossing routes like Mesh were to the OSU offense. It shouldn’t have caught anyone by surprise as the concepts show up throughout the 2018 tape. The same play design as the video above was used against Maryland earlier in the season. This isn’t a knock on Haskins, as he made the plays given to him, but the crossers in Mesh are one of the easier completions a QB can make. Combined with the fact that Ohio State had more talent across its offense than every single opposing D on its schedule, and Haskins’ raw production starts to come under a bit more scrutiny.Oh look, another crosser. Deep accuracy is the biggest concern that emerges from under the microscope. Haskins doesn’t have the same raw arm strength Lock or Murray does. It’s fine as they’re probably two of the three biggest arms in this class, and Haskins does a solid job of getting the ball out with zip when he has the time to set up his throw. But his bombs have a bad tendency to float or quack if he doesn’t have the time to set up, and his deep accuracy comes and goes. Haskins has an NFL arm Menelik Watson Jersey , but it isn’t a Howitzer. Haskins didn’t throw it deep downfield that often last year though. He’ll never have the pure cannon guys like Lock posses, but with work on his mechanics there’s reason to believe he could improve here. “Safe,” but what about the P-word?One of the things that’s routinely been thrown around about Haskins this draft season is that the OSU quarterback has a high floor. The narrative goes that he isn’t going to be a complete bust and represents a safe choice at the quarterback selection. One of the reasons this has become accepted as fact is that Haskins’ tape displays many of the things you need to pray that young quarterbacks figure out over the course of their rookie contracts. The Buckeye is already adept at making the correct decisions pre-snap and makes multiple reads to find the open receiver. He needs to get better at it, but he’s miles ahead of most young quarterbacks.Take Justin Herbert, for instance. He’s still a work in progress at reading through progressions. It’s one of the harder things to anticipate with modern quarterbacks as they make the jump to the NFL because in college they’ll routinely lock onto one target and scramble if it isn’t there.Haskins doesn’t do that, in part, because he knows his own limitations as a runner. He can still improve in this area, especially his vertical progressions where he sometimes stalls out. He also goes through periods where he forgets his outlet receivers exist, but there are enough signs to believe it will be a strength of his game as he develops.At the same time, this strength makes it a bit harder to forecast Haskins’ upside. With someone like Drew Lock, it’s easy to imagine what he can do with his current tools if he gets better at tying his legs, eyes and arm together. With Murray, it’s tantalizing to believe what he can do once he masters the “boring” aspects of quarterback play. But what can the 21-year old Haskins become?I’ve heard Haskins compared to Carson Palmer, Drew Bledsoe, Jacoby Brissett, Jameis Winston, Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, Alex Smith, Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota so far this spring. There’s still so much we don’t know about Haskins. He’s hard to truly pin down because OSU put him in position to light it up but also hid him with its scheme and supporting cast. Jake Fromm is another player I have similar questions for, but because he’ll play three years before going pro, there will be ample opportunity to analyze how he grows, as well as how he reacts to changes in the talent around him.There’s no such chance with Haskins, and combined with his questionable fit in the Rich Scangarello offense, it leaves me very hesitant to draft him 10th overall.