Denver's rookie QB search grows

March, 22, 2011
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Last week, Denver’s reported visit with Washington quarterback Jake Locker seemed curious. Now, it’s just part of a trend. Denver has set up several workouts or visits with quarterback prospects in next month’s draft. We’ll catch up with the entire list at the end of this post.

Denver owns the No. 2 pick and is looking at quarterback prospects that are expected to be taken in the first round and beyond. But Denver is looking at enough quarterback prospects that it’s clear it’s doing more than just its due diligence. It is checking out quarterbacks for a reason.

It’s fascinating, because the team has major defensive needs and possesses quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, who was expected to get a chance to be the starter at some point. Tebow was the No. 25 overall pick in last year’s draft. Both Denver coach John Fox and Denver vice president of football operations John Elway said that Denver’s look into quarterbacks this spring is not a knock on Tebow.

"I don't think it's an indictment on anybody,” Fox said Tuesday. "I just think if there's a Hall of Famer there we ought to look at them.''

Elway told the Denver Post this on Monday: “We're always looking for that guy. We may already have the guy who can pull the trigger and win us a championship someday. We may have him. We don't know. We believe in Tim, but he's not there yet."

Denver has either been to pro day or set up a visit or workout with the following quarterbacks:

Player, School

Blaine Gabbert, Missouri

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

Jake Locker, Washington

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Cam Newton, Auburn

Christian Ponder, Florida State

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