Somewhere among the second-floor offices at Broncos headquarters, there is a list of about 10 players.
These 10 players are well-liked by the Broncos. They are players the Broncos believe will be available by the time the NFL draft reaches the No. 28 pick.
Downstairs in a hallway outside the team's media room, Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway was discussing the futile exercise that is the mock draft. Not that Elway is against them — he and his staff and coaches go through several mock drafts.
It's just that any guess about which player the Broncos will draft first is just that — a guess.
"We don't even know," Elway said. "Some of them may go off the board before they get to us. There might be some guys we really like who fall who we didn't expect to fall."
It probably won't be until the draft gets through the low 20s that the Broncos will start zeroing in on their pick. What makes this draft unique is that many of the top 12 picks will not be considered worthy of top 12, yet there will be players available in the third or fourth rounds who many will consider second-round quality.
"We don't look at it as there are a ton of impact guys, but there is a lot of depth to it," Elway said.