The Broncos, looking for a franchise quarterback (again), interviewed a candidate this week who at least recognizes as one.
Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a longtime student of football history, showed up for his pre-draft visit in Denver wearing a John Elway throwback No. 7 jersey, SI.com’s MMQB reported, citing multiple unidentified sources.
Bold move, considering one of the people Haskins, 21, would be interviewing with would be Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback who is now the Broncos GM. And, in fact, Elway apparently “saw the humor in it.”
“But Haskins’s boldness seems to have paid off, as multiple sources said Broncos personnel — and, according to a source who was there, Elway himself — saw the humor in it and appreciated the gesture.
“As for the actual visit, a source said the quarterback made a good impression and that the Broncos staff noted his presence, intensity and focus.”
Haskins’ evaluations have fluctuated in the run-up to the NFL Draft, though he generally is considered the No. 2 QB in this class, behind potential No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and just ahead of No. 3 Drew Lock, the former Missouri QB who, it should be noted, reportedly has impressed Elway.
Haskins wore No. 7 while he was Ohio State’s starting QB for only one season, but 2018 was a brilliant one in which he threw for 5,396 yards and 54 TDs with only nine interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes.
The Broncos hold the 10th pick in the first round and it’s unclear whether Haskins will be on the board at that point. It might come down to whether teams ahead of them in need of a quarterback opt to take Lock because he’s more of a proven commodity, having started three-plus seasons at Mizzou.