DENVER — As April’s 2019 NFL Draft approaches, mock drafts will be debated and rumors around the quarterback position will continue to grow.
Just don’t expect Case Keenum to know that — or to care.
"When's the draft?” Keenum asked with a smile after attending Wednesday’s Colorado House of Representatives Business Committee hearing. “Sorry, I haven't looked at any draft boards yet. I know how much that changes and how that goes. My job is to get healthy and to get ready for this year. I'm not going to be paying too much attention to that right now especially."
After a season in which Keenum threw for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and completed 62.3 percent of his passes, he said he’s more focused on the advice he’s gotten from his coaches on how to improve.
“It's not something that's affecting me and my preparation and how I'm ready to go as a football player and what my job is,” Keenum said. “It's not affecting my job. For me, I take more of what my coaches say and the meetings that we've had. I had a great meeting with John [Elway] at the end of the year and we've all got to be better. That's hands down what it comes down to. I was mad just like every other Broncos fan watching all these playoff games and us sitting at home. I feel the same way that we've all got to be better."
Keenum, who said he plans to throw this week, will aim to make those improvements alongside new Head Coach Vic Fangio and Offensive Coordinator Rich Scangarello.
He said he’s visited with both Fangio and Scangarello in the weeks since they were hired to lead the team and the offense, respectively.
“I'm really excited about the direction of the program,” Keenum said. “Those guys, I've spent very little time with them, but in the little time I have it's been really good. I'm excited to get to work with those guys, start fresh and get these guys going.”
Keenum said he still doesn’t know much about Scangarello’s system or what to expect, but he has spent time talking to the former 49ers quarterbacks coach.
"I know a little bit,” Keenum said. “We've just chatted, we talked for 30 minutes one day. Now that we're back, we're going to start getting to work. I'm excited to learn more about it. I know a little bit about his coaching tree but that's about it. I couldn't tell you much more right now."
It won’t be long, though, before Keenum and the Broncos return to UCHealth Training Center for the offseason program and the real work can begin.
In the meantime, don't count on Keenum reading any mock drafts.