On a conference call with Denver Broncos season ticket holders, former Denver Broncos legend John Elway was asked by one Denver Broncos fan which quarterback in this year’s draft class he would compare to himself. Elway’s response?
“Jake Locker, if you talk about height, weight and speed, he’s probably the closest to me,” Elway said. “We’re the same height, he’s faster, probably, and heavier than I was, but when you think about play style, Jake Locker is probably the closest even though Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, and Colin Kaepernick are all very mobile themselves, too.”
With Denver looking hard at all of the top quarterbacks in the draft, some have speculated that they could be a team in the market for a signal caller possibly in the second round, and if a guy like Locker were to fall to them, they might pull the trigger. But that wasn’t the only praise that a prospect received from a high ranking Broncos official.
Denver head coach John Fox also put LSU cornerback in good company. Hall of Fame company, even.
“I’ll be honest with you, I had Rod Woodson, Gil Byrd, I’ve had some pretty good guys. I’ve never seen anything like [Peterson], with that size, that speed,” Fox told the Denver Post. “I don’t think there’s been a 219-pound guy run a 4.3. He’s a special talent. That’s the way the game (has) changed, he’s about the same height as Rod, but 219 pounds and ran 4.3.”
The Broncos have expressed their willingness to trade down in the 2011 NFL Draft, and would likely be elated to move down three or four spots and still pick up the former LSU star defender.
Clearly, the Broncos are not shying away from lofty comparisons. We will see if they wind up with either of these guys on draft weekend.