As John Elway descends upon Indianapolis this week for the NFL scouting combine, he will listen carefully during his 15-minute interview sessions with cornerbacks.
During the football gymnastics portion, he will pay close attention to the body types of defensive tackles and offensive linemen.
He will check out the stopwatches clicking the 40-yard dash times of running backs and take notice of receivers going through their route-running and pass-catching exercises.
But for the first time since he took charge of the Broncos' football operations, Elway will not be looking for a quarterback.
He visited with or worked out the likes of Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder in 2011, but wound up sticking with what he already had in Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn.
Elway then got all the quarterbacks he needed last year when he first signed Peyton Manning in free agency and drafted Brock Osweiler in the second round.
Elway has been lauded for Manning. And he has been criticized for using a high draft pick to acquire Osweiler, who didn't take a meaningful snap in 2012. Something to consider: Had Osweiler entered the draft this year instead of after his junior year at Arizona State, it's possible he may have been the first quarterback selected.
"I know I said after we signed Peyton that we didn't have a plan B, but there was a plan B in Brock," Elway said. "No. 1, we didn't have a backup and No. 2, it wasn't exactly a sure thing with Peyton coming back.
"My thought was, we wanted a guy for the future, No. 1. No. 2, if it didn't work out with Peyton, we could load up with a guy that we liked and who could be the guy for the next 10, 12 years. And No. 3, if Peyton did come back and play like he did, then Brock could get a great education of how things were supposed to be done as a quarterback, what you had to go through, to see one of the best of all time do it.