The Broncos are headed to Alabama.
According to a NFL source, this is an opportunity Broncos general manager John Elway and Joseph hoped to get this year as they evaluate prospects in the upcoming draft, including Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. The Oklahoma quarterback accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl in December and will be one prospect the Broncos look at closely for their No. 5 pick.
“I think half of it is what you see on film and the other half is figuring out what kind of guy it is,” Elway said of evaluating quarterback prospects in the draft. “… You come to the NFL and the expectation levels rise, especially if you’re a high pick. You’re expected to be good or show signs of being a very good player early. The other half is how are they going to handle the situation and how are they going to handle the (significance) of being a quarterback in the NFL. That is the biggest part and I say it all the time. Just trying to figure out how these guys can handle the tough times, because there’s going to be tough times. When the world feels like it’s caving in are they going to be able to battle through that and not lose their confidence?
“To me, I say it all the time: It’s 50 percent the physical side of it and 50 percent mental side. The heart and finding out what they have inside, that’s the difficult part. Not only at the quarterback position, it’s about every position because it comes down to what’s inside, what’s in that heart, how bad they want it and how great they want to be. If they want to be great football players, they have a chance to be great.”
The annual Senior Bowl is an invitation-only all-star game of sorts for the nation’s top senior collegiate players and top NFL draft prospects. NFL coaching staffs lead the two teams through three days of practices (January 23-25) before they face off in a game. A total of 110 players will be included, with the final commitments expected to be announced later this week.
The last time the Broncos coached the Senior Bowl was 1989, when Dan Reeves’ staff led the North team.