Broncos Draft Reports: Maxx Williams vs. Clive Walford
By Dan Armelli
Nov 22, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Miami Hurricanes tight end Clive Walford (46) runs with the ball as Virginia Cavaliers safety Anthony Harris (8) chases in the fourth quarter at Scott Stadium. The Cavaliers won 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret what the Denver Broncos tight end status is. It seems that a bitter departure between the team and free agent Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas is destined to happen.
The Broncos other two mainstay tight ends from last year, Virgil Green and Jacob Tamme are also free agents.
Gary Kubiak was brought in as the new head coach of the Broncos, meaning different/more responsibilities for this team’s tight ends. Blocking will be more of a focal point but their receiving skills will still be very important.
All of this means the Broncos are almost certainly in the market to bring in at least one or two new faces to the tight end group.
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The Broncos have already brought in former Eagles tight end/fullback James Casey, who played four years under Kubiak in Houston. Another connection being made to the Broncos is another former Texan, Owen Daniels. The two-time Pro Bowler has played each of his nine NFL seasons under Kubiak in some capacity, including last year with the Ravens.
The Broncos can also draft a tight end. With this year’s draft two months away, draft analysts and enthusiasts have been producing many a mock draft throughout the interwebs. One of the most common picks that I’ve seen so far for the Broncos is Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams.
Along with Williams, I’ve seen Denver attached to another tight end in the University of Miami’s Clive Walford. Both of these guys are the two most talked about tight ends of this draft. This prompted me to watch the two to see if they could be viable selections for the Broncos come late April/early May.
Before we get started, allow me to explain the reports you are about to read.
I’ve changed my process up a bit this year. Instead of writing a paragraph scouting report with no real rhyme or reason, I’ve made categories of traits I’m paying the most attention to with tight ends. Next to those categories I’ve provided notes in relation to the specific traits that I noticed while watching each player.
Below those categories are a few short sections. The first is named “overview,” which is basically my summarization of the player that sounds more writer-y.
Next is a category called “three words.” Here I pick three words that come to my mind when I think of the player. There are no strict guidelines for this (sometimes I combine two words because I’m a cheater), and they don’t all have to be positive or negative descriptions.
Lastly is a section called “projection.” Simply put, this is where I would take the prospect based on nothing else but his talent, not taking into consideration of the other players in the draft.
I’ll also begin each report with a Vine of a play or plays that stood out to me while watching each player.
With all that said, let’s get this party started.