Two weeks away from the first round has to keep NFL executives busy. Yet the Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk with The Press Box on Wednesday morning.
Elway joined Peter Burns, Mark Kiszla and Lindsay Jones to talk about the Broncos draft process and how the team is continuing to move forward after a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL playoffs. The team’s EVP said that the Broncos still don’t know what they’re looking to do with their first round pick (No. 28 overall) and are continuing the evaluation process. Elway thinks there is no specific area of need for a Broncos team that is among the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
“The one thing we feel good about is our football team,” Elway said. “We don’t have any big glaring weaknesses, which will allow us to go into the draft and take the best player available. That is how we’ll be successful in the draft.”
The Broncos’ main executive also talked about the team’s progression since the loss to Baltimore in the divisional playoff round last year. The Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens, but Elway feels that the team overall has taken a step forward.
“I think we’re better (than we were after the Baltimore game) and I think we’ll be even better after the draft,” Elway said. “We’ll have some guys that want to come in here and compete plus the young guys. Especially the young guys from the last two drafts to make the strides we need them to make.”
Elway will in charge of his third draft with the Broncos in 2013. His first was highlighted by the selection of Von Miller, who has turned into a standout linebacker for the Broncos and 2012 is known for the selection of Derek Wolfe and Brock Osweiler.
Elway teased that the overall draft process is not nearly as scientific as it is made out to be.
“What we do is line everybody up and throw darts and whoever’s first dart hits is who we take in the first round,” Elway said jokingly. “I get to throw the dart when there’s a guy I want there. That’s when I get to pick it up and throw it.”
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