Denver is definitely keeping its eye on quarterback prospects.
Denver vice president of football operations John Elway and head coach John Fox were at Missouri’s pro day on Thursday. While the Tigers have a few prospects, the headliner was quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Denver’s presence at Gabbert’s pro day comes two days after the NFL Network reported that Denver will conduct a private workout with Washington quarterback Jake Locker. Elway tweeted this week that Denver will look at players at several positions.
Denver’s interest in quarterbackers is curious since the team already has Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. Seeing Denver add a quarterback to the mix early in the draft would be surprising because it has so many pressing needs on defense.
Yet, Denver’s presence at Gabbert’s pro day is less surprising than the Locker private workout. At least, Gabbert is a candidate for the No. 2 pick that Denver owns. Denver may want to make other teams think it wants Gabbert in order to generate trade interest.
Whatever the reason, I still don’t think Gabbert is a serious candidate to be drafted by Denver. The need for defensive help and the glut at quarterback just doesn’t make it feasible.