John Elway, the top executive for the Denver Broncos, spoke with the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming draft. Among the topics Elway addressed, he made a particular point to reaffirm his commitment to the team's current group of defensive tackles, including DT Ty Warren and DT Kevin Vickerson:
Elway: "We don't feel as bad about our (defensive) tackles as everybody else does...Ty Warren will be back...Vickerson's coming back."— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) April 23, 2012
Elway further suggested that the team may surprise some pundits as they draft the best available talent instead of try to fill their team needs:
Elway: "You have a lot more misses when you draft for needs." #Broncos— MaxBroncos (@MaxBroncos) April 23, 2012
And as well as potentially drafting in an area of relative strength, Elway also shared that the team's first round pick is available for trades:
Elway said the team is "open" to trading up or down from pick No. 25.— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) April 23, 2012
The 2012 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, and concludes on Saturday, April 28.