DENVER – “March Madness” has a different connotation at Dove Valley.
Rumors continue to fly regarding the Broncos as potential suitors for Peyton Manning. The hours tick down toward the start of the free-agency signing period next Monday. These are the pressing issues in the moment, but for the long term, the draft remains the focal point of the Broncos’ building process.
That’s why John Elway will lead a Broncos contingent headed to Stillwater, Okla. to scout Oklahoma State’s Pro Day on Friday — a group that will include coach John Fox.
The trip is nothing new to Elway. He made the Pro Day rounds last year; his 2011 itinerary included workouts held at Texas A&M, Auburn, Alabama and Missouri.
The star attractions Friday in Stillwater will be wide receiver Justin Blackmon and quarterback Brandon Weeden. Blackmon is expected to be long gone by the time the Broncos’ 25th overall pick arrives, but the 28-year-old Weeden could be in play in the second round — or even the first.
Weeden said at the Senior Bowl that the Broncos spoke with him there. The Denver Post reported that the Broncos met with him at the Scouting Combine a month later.
Four other Oklahoma State products were at the Scouting Combine and will be further scrutinized Friday: safeties Markelle Martin and Johnny Thomas, defensive end Jamie Blatnick and wide receiver Josh Cooper.
The Broncos’ staff is canvassing Pro Days around the nation this month. Among the previous trips was to Alabama, where defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio watched the workout Wednesday.