No less an authority than Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway believes there's never been a better time to find NFL-ready passers in the draft.

“Quarterbacks are getting better,” Elway, executive vice president of the Denver Broncos, said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “It's easier to evaluate them because the exposure they're getting in high school and college makes them more game ready. We saw that last year with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and even Russell Wilson.

“The training they're getting is getting better each year. We're getting guys much more prepared to play.”

The Dallas Cowboys are aware of the trend, but signs point to them maintaining the status quo at quarterback. While he didn't rule out drafting one in the later rounds in April, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett indicated Friday the team likely will use its six picks on other positions.

“(Finding a quarterback of the future) is always important, but you only have so many resources and you want to make sure you use them wisely,” Garrett said.

“We believe in the quarterback position. We believe it's really, really important and our track record suggests that. But, at the same time, we have other issues on our team.”

Another factor: The belief Tony Romo, who turns 33 in April, will continue to perform at a high level as he ages.