According to Canadian football reporter Justin Dunk, the Denver Broncos are among the front-runners to land legendary CFL quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. He’s also favored to sign with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, a decision on which doesn’t appear to be imminent.
“Bo Levi Mitchell is being patient with what’s going on right now,” Dunk said. “The favourites to land him, the Broncos, Jaguars, Vikings, all had some sort of coaching changes. Bo needs to assess where he may get a shot.”
Denver worked out Mitchell in December as they began eyeing reserve/futures additions. At the time, it was the second of five scheduled tryouts for Mitchell, the reigning Most Outstanding Player for the CFL, having led the 13-5 Calgary Stampeders to a title with 5,124 yards, a league-high 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on 356-of-585 passing. He’s thrown for more than 24,000 yards and 150 TDs across seven CFL seasons — all with Calgary.
Over the course of his north-of-the-border career, Mitchell has won two Grey Cups, two CFL championship Most Valuable Player awards and a pair of CFL MOP trophies.
Mitchell played his college ball at Southern Methodist University, where he was an 19-game starter from 2008-09. He completed 385-of-676 passes for 4,590 yards, 36 touchdowns and 33 interceptions for the Mustangs before transferring to Eastern Washington in 2010. Mitchell carried the program to its first Division I FCS National Championship that year, and in 2011 broke four EWU school records en route to capturing the Walter Payton Award for best FCS offensive player.
Eligible for the 2012 NFL draft, where he went undrafted, Mitchell’s scouting profile points to a passing project requiring dedicated tutelage.
“Mitchell’s success at SMU and Eastern when coupled with the fact that he stepped up his level of play when matched against FBS talent at the NFLPA game (out-shining LSU’s Jarrett Lee and Miami’s Jacory Harris, among others) is certain to intrigue NFL scouts. While Mitchell lacks the physical characteristics to guarantee a draft selection come April, his decision-making, quick release, accuracy in the short to intermediate levels and athleticism could make him an intriguing developmental prospect in a West Coast Offense.”
The Broncos’ offense will have West Coast elements under new coordinator Rich Scangarello, who hails from the Kyle Shanahan coaching tree. They carried two QBs (Case Keenum, Kevin Hogan) on the 53-man roster this past season, and another (Garrett Grayson) on the practice squad. The organization merely kicked Mitchell’s tires, but they may be seeking a young, upside player at the position after cutting Paxton Lynch in September and Chad Kelly in October.
The team is expected to pursue a high-profile quarterback this offseason, via free agency or the draft. They’ve been linked continuously to Missouri’s Drew Lock, a presumptive top-ten selection whom general manager John Elway reportedly is “smitten” with.