The Denver Broncos made a big move in the 4th round of the draft to acquire tight end Julius Thomas. The team selected Thomas 129th overall and gave up their 5th (141) and 6th (186) round picks, and also got a 7th round pick (204) from the Green Bay Packers.
Julius Thomas is a big tight end (6’5”, 246 lbs.) that comes out of Portland State, but he’s limited in his football experience. Thomas played basketball before his senior year at Portland State. In 2010, he caught 29 passes for 453 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The need for a tight end was evident since after the 2009 season, the Broncos elected to trade Tony Scheffler to the Lions and then after the 2010 season, they released powerful blocking tight end Daniel Graham.
The conversion from college basketball to a tight end in professional is nothing new. Some highly successful cases where the transition worked? Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.
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