With General Manager George Paton staying in Denver for pre-draft meetings, he sent Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur and Director of Pro Personnel A.J. Durso to Columbus for Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields' 2nd Pro Day. Paton, along with Director of College Scouting Brian Stark attended Fields 1st Pro Day March 30th.
Fields is projected to be one of the first 5 QBs taken in the draft which begins April 29th, but where he's selected is the subject of great debate. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence is a lock to be selected 1st overall by Jacksonville, and rumor has it the Jaguars have already sent him a playbook. A lot of people thing BYU's Zach Wilson will go 2nd to the Jets, but Fields could go as high as 2. The 49ers have traded up to No. 3 and are expected to take Fields, North Dakota State's Trey Lance or Alabama's Mac Jones.
Conventional thinking is that if the Broncos want to land Fields or Lance, they'll have to trade up to 4 with Atlanta, although some prognosticators think Fields could be available at 8, and that a team might leapfrog Denver, who selects 9th in the 1st Round to select Fields. So, if Paton has his sights set on one of these rookie QBs, he'll have to make a move up and spend a lot of draft capital to get his man.
In addition to The Broncos attendance in Columbus Wednesday, several other teams are there to see Fields throw again, including former Denver Head Coach Josh McDaniels, the Patriots Offensive Coordinator. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer detailed some of the teams present for the workout, which is closed to media, including The Lions, who pick at 7.