Broncos Rumors: John Elway 'Hasn't Given Up' on Paxton Lynch Ahead of 2018 Draft

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, in Indianapolis. Elway has found it difficult to land a franchise quarterback from the college ranks like he did in free agency with Peyton Manning six years ago. Last year, the Broncos cycled through his draft picks Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch during the team's worst season in decades. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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Signing Case Keenum makes it less likely the Denver Broncos will select a quarterback with the fifth overall pick in this month's NFL draft.

Another factor: they haven't given up on Paxton Lynch.

Peter King of The MMQB reported general manager John Elway still has some level of regard for Lynch, who they selected in the 2016 first round (No. 26 overall). Lynch's first two NFL seasons have been a bust, with the 6'7" signal-caller attempting just 128 total passes.

"I think Paxton is a factor," Broncos head coach Vance Joseph told reporters last month. "Paxton's had four, five starts, and to deem Paxton not capable, that's not fair. Obviously, it's an age of instant gratification for all of us...but it takes time to [be a] good quarterback in this league. I think once Paxton gets more time he's going to get better as a quarterback. By no means is Paxton Lynch done. By no means at all."

King's report also said Elway does like a quarterback in this draft, pointing in the direction of USC's Sam Darnold and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. Darnold will almost certainly be off the board by the fifth pick. Mayfield could be available and tempt Elway if, indeed, the Heisman winner is the favorite of the Hall of Fame quarterback.

Denver also has Chad Kelly on its roster. Kelly spent all of last season on the non-football injury list. The Broncos selected him with the final pick of the 2017 draft, and he could be a threat to make the roster over Lynch if the two battle in training camp. 

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