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Broncos reportedly work out 6-foot-7 QB Osweiler

Peyton Manning could have company in Denver.

John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice president of football operation, led a group to Arizona State University on Friday to work out quarterback Brock Osweiler, The Denver Post reported.

NFL.com draft guru Gil Brandt believes the young quarterback did enough at his one-man pro day on March 30 -- he skipped ASU's -- to vault into first-round consideration.

Whether or not he'll go that high is a subject of debate, but NFL.com's Chad Reuter calls him the fourth-best QB in the draft -- behind Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill -- and views the Broncos as a suitable landing spot.

"His pocket-passing game would make him a nice fit as a second-round pick for Denver, where he can utilize his strengths and learn behind new Broncos offensive leader Peyton Manning," Reuter wrote this week. "The future Hall of Famer's multiple neck surgeries and age might lead the team to find a young apprentice sooner than later."

Denver recently signed former Chicago Bears backup Caleb Hanie and have young Adam Weber on the roster, but adding a player like Osweiler makes sense. The Manning acquisition -- and the departure of Tim Tebow -- brings high intrigue to the Broncos, but Peyton won't play forever. If Denver has its way, you won't see another passer on the field for years to come, but grooming Manning's replacement is a current priority, not a distant one.

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