Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operation John Elway on the sidelines prior to Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - John Elway says he's finally able to watch the Super Bowl, but now it's time to move ahead.
The Broncos vice president/general manager agrees with other NFL executives that this draft is very deep. Good thing since Denver has the 31st pick. Elway says the key part of the draft is to make sure to take care of free agency first so they don't have a glaring weakness come draft day.
With the free-agency period starting March 11, that's a time when Elway said they can fill "glaring holes" on the team. After that, the they will use the combine and draft (May 8-10) to find additions who will make sense.
"When we get to the combine, we're looking at numbers and you're looking at athleticism," Elway said. "All our scouts go out looking for numbers, get times and all those type things. But this is really the first time we get to look at and found out the legitimacy of the times we've got to up to this point. I think initially that's what we look for at the combine.
"Then we have a chance to sit down with certain players for 15 minutes, but it's hard in that short of a time frame to find out a whole lot about them. Our scouts do a terrific job getting background and character on all the different players. That will all be in the process that once we get through free agency, we'll start concentrating on the draft."
The Broncos have 16 players who can test the free-agency market, including 12 who started games last season. Included in that list are Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, Shaun Phillips, Wesley Woodyard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Zane Beadles.
Elway said they continue to evaluate each player on the team and will make changes based on the season, not the final game.
"The Super Bowl does not influence our decision one way or another on any different player," he said. "It's a matter of we look at them and the season that they had."
Elway is also focused on making sure his Head Coach is taken care of. Among the items on Elway's to do list, extend the contract of John Fox. Elway told 9News he hopes to address his coaches contract this weekend.
Check out Rod Mackey's one-on-one interview with Elway tonight on 9News.
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