Jeff Legwold of ESPN reported the Broncos were particularly intrigued by Lauletta's performance at the Senior Bowl in January.
Denver opted to select NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the fifth overall pick Thursday night rather than Josh Allen, Josh Rosen or Lamar Jackson. They were the top quarterbacks available after Baker Mayfield went to the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets grabbed Sam Darnold.
Taking Chubb, who should form a dynamic edge-rushing tandem with Von Miller, is a sign the Broncos are still focused on winning in the short term. They signed veteran QB Case Keenum to lead the offense after his career-best campaign with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.
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The franchise still needs a quarterback of the future, though. Rudolph or Lauletta could fill that void.
Rudolph is coming off a tremendous senior season with the Cowboys. He completed 65 percent of his attempts for 4,904 yards with 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also found the end zone 10 times on the ground.
Lauletta posted a 64.9 percent completion rate for 3,737 yards with 28 TDs and 12 picks during his final year with the Spiders. He was named MVP of the Senior Bowl.
The New York Giants are the only other team ahead of the Broncos, whose next scheduled pick is No. 40 overall, potentially in the market for a quarterback early in Round 2. So Denver should be able to land one of its targets without having to move up, barring other trades.