DENVER (KDVR) — On Thursday, Denver Broncos General Manager George Paton will make his first selection in a draft ever since he was named to the post earlier this year. He holds the keys to the ninth overall pick in Thursday’s first round.
His decision will come after the player evaluation period took on a new look during the offseason because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Paton says that isn’t stopping him from taking a look at some of the top prospects in the country that hope to hear their names called next week.
“You can get an hour with them on Zoom and you’d be amazed.” Paton said. “You can get them on the board, you can send them materials beforehand and have them study it and then take them through it. When you’re at the combine you get 15 minutes to figure a guy out.”
One of the biggest questions heading into next season is what the team will decide to do with the starting quarterback position. Paton says he’s approaching it with an open mind.
“We’re really high on Drew (Lock). I like seeing Drew here every morning when I come in. He’s working hard, he’s trending in the right direction, but we’re going to look at the quarterback position,” Paton said. “What we don’t want to do is force it and bring a guy in and overpay a guy to come in and maybe he’s not as good as the guy we have.”
“We still have time. There’s a trade market and we have the draft and the landscape may change after the draft,” Paton said. “We’re being patient.”
Paton comes from a Minnesota Vikings system that was known for acquiring picks through trades as opposed to sending them away. That has led to plenty of speculation about his plans heading into draft week.
“We haven’t made any calls to move up but we’ve received some calls to move back,” Paton said.
The first round will take place on April 29 followed by the second and third rounds on April 30. The remaining four rounds will be held on May 1.
Here’s a look at the Broncos selections they currently hold: