“In the back of my head, I hoped I would end up there,” the rookie center said.
There aren’t many centers built like rookie Austin Schlottman, who stands at 6-foot-5 1/2. Most quarterbacks aren’t that tall — although the defensive linemen he faces are.
“It definitely forces you to play a little bit lower than some guys would have to,” Schlottman told Marc Stout and Ray Crockett on Monday, “but D-linemen are also getting bigger, so it’s not as much of a hassle as it seems like it would be.”
Schlottman, one of the Broncos’ eight undrafted signees this year, is exactly where he hoped he would be after going through the draft process. After matriculating at TCU, he did his pre-draft training in the Denver area at Landow Performance, the training facility owned by new Broncos strength and conditioning coach Loren Landow.
“When I was going to train after the season, I kind of wanted to go somewhere where I wouldn’t have any distractions, wouldn’t have any of my friends from college around,” Schlottman explained. “I wanted to get away from Texas, so my agent hooked me up to get into Loren’s gym.”
Although Schlottman had the connection to the Broncos through Landow, he didn’t hear much from other Broncos officials until the week of the draft, when they confirmed his phone number to know that they could reach him late in the draft as they assembled their list of undrafted signees.
“I hadn’t really heard from them during the whole training process … but while I was up there, I fell in love with Denver. I love the area, and Coach Landow is really good at what he does, and I know he’ll definitely be able to keep guys in shape and keep improving in the offseason.”
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