John Elway Considers Drafting A Quarterback In 2011 NFL Draft
Tebow-mania may prove to be short-lived in Denver.
Recent reports are indicating that John Elway, the Broncos' Vice President of Football Operations is not convinced that celebrated 2010 first round pick Tim Tebow is the long-term answer for the team at quarterback. Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline cited multiple anonymous sources over the weekend in reporting that Elway is considering using a high draft pick on a quarterback at the NFL draft later this month.
ESPN'S John Clayton confirmed Pauline's report, and suggested that the Broncos may draft a quarterback in the second round of the draft, and trade its first round pick.
The Broncos surprised many by selecting Tebow, one of the most decorated college football players of all time, in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. Tebow was a favorite of then-Head Coach Josh McDaniels, but only started games for the team after McDaniels was fired in December.
Elway has been less than enthusiastic about Tebow since joining the Broncos' front office in January. Less than one week after accepting the job, he had to deny speculation that he was looking into trading the quarterback after telling Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he "[didn't] think Tim Tebow [was] a good NFL quarterback at [the] time."
In March, the Denver Post reported that Elway was "intrigued" by the quarterbacks available in the 2011 draft.
The Broncos also have Kyle Orton, who started the majority of the 2010 season, under contract next year.