It was Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s turn Wednesday to strike the road, breaking absent from the team’s NFL Draft preparations to attend Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields’ second Pro Day session in Columbus.
Standard manager George Paton and quarterbacks mentor Mike Shula watched Fields’ very first exercise routine March 30, so the Broncos are making an attempt to get as quite a few in-person eyes on the leading prospective clients as attainable. Only 3 people today for each group are permitted to attend because of to health and fitness-and-safety polices.
Is sending Shurmur to the exercise a huge deal, minimal deal or no offer?
Shoot, let us go with big offer. It’s all about owing diligence and coaches like to watch quarterbacks throw in-individual to get a greater really feel for the velocity, precision and flight of the passes.
The Broncos have the ninth pick in two weeks and it is a gamble to remain place and hope Fields falls to them. If they eye him as a prolonged-phrase option, they will require to be proactive and go up.
Fields began his occupation at Ga, then transferred to Ohio Condition, wherever he begun 22 games in 2019-20 and experienced 63 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
“Justin Fields, to me, is just what the NFL is trending (to) as significantly as his bodily talent-set,” ESPN university football analyst Kirk Herbstreit explained throughout a video clip conference Wednesday. “There is a whole lot of proof and evidence (of his means) and in a large amount of large game titles he performed in for the duration of his career.”
Fields accomplished 67.2% and 70.2% of his passes at Ohio Condition and also showed the capability to escape the pocket to operate for yards (15 touchdowns the very last two several years) or get time to throw.
“I really like his flexibility,” Herbstreit said. “He can toss the ball downfield, he can toss the ball intermediately, he has the stages principles and he can develop off-platform incredibly easily. I really don’t think you’re pigeon-holed (offensively) if you just take him.”
Analyzing Parsons. A large amount of mock drafts carry on to slot Penn Point out linebacker Micah Parsons to the Broncos at No. 9. The way factors could fall, Paton could go down a several places, decide up an additional 2nd-rounder and continue to get Parsons.
Shown at 6-foot-3, 246 yards, Parsons ran a 4.36-second 40-property dash and was ultra-effective in his only year as a starter (2019 — 103 tackles, 5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 5 move crack-ups). He opted out of past calendar year.
I searched for some Parsons tape on YouTube and identified a 32-snap sample size from Penn State’s Cotton Bowl acquire in excess of Memphis (his very last college activity).
The takeaways: I charted Parsons as currently being a “factor” on 13 of the 32 plays. … Breakdown on in which he lined up – – off-the-ball linebacker (28 snaps), on-the-ball outdoors linebacker (3) and on-the-ball inside of linebacker (a single). … What jumps off the display is his velocity laterally — he addresses a lot of ground in a quick amount of time and has a blend of suddenness and agility to keep away from even larger men trying to block him. … He mostly performed zone protection and dropped a absolutely sure-fireplace interception. … Aiding Parsons was Memphis forgot to block him on several performs.
Pitts could make historical past. Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts could make history April 29. Repeated resource Dan Daly tweeted the list of restricted ends chosen in the leading 10 considering the fact that 1960. It’s a brief listing.
Only 15 have been chosen among the initially 10 picks and none in the first 4. Pitts could go to Atlanta at No. 4.
Mike Ditka (1961 to Chicago) and Riley Odoms (1972 to the Broncos) went fifth over-all.
Footnotes. The people at BetOnline aren’t guessing how the first spherical develops, but they are projecting the favorites for Offensive Rookie of the Yr. The top five are quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence (11/4), Zach Wilson and Fields (equally 9/2) restricted conclude Kyle Pitts (15/2) and quarterback Mac Jones (10/1). My select would be receiver Ja’Marr Chase (12/1). BetOnline also can make the Broncos the most loved (3/2) to purchase Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. … Chase can make feeling to Cincinnati at No. 5 to reunite with quarterback Joe Burrow so extended as the Bengals believe Riley Reiff can be a great left deal with.