1st Round: David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
With the 20th overall selection, the Broncos will have a ton of excellent options in the first round. David Njoku is an athletic tight end prospect that is still somewhat raw, but could be a dynamic weapon in year one.
You might think Sayre, you’re kidding me. The Broncos already have A.J. Derby and Jeff Heuerman, not to mention Virgil Green. And we like the upside of Henry Krieger-Coble, too. Tight end is low on the priority list…
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I don’t disagree with the fact that the Broncos have some interesting players at tight end right now, including a former ‘high’ draft pick in Jeff Heuerman that showed some skills this past season along with Derby, who was acquired in an in-season trade with New England. Green has proven his abilities as an in-line blocker, but no one has really emerged as a difference maker in the passing game.
I think of Derby and Heuerman as complimentary players in the passing game, though both have talent, and Green has yet to establish himself in that regard. Njoku is a rare talent that averaged roughly 17 yards per catch at Miami the last two seasons and proved this past year that he is a monster after the catch.
With Njoku, I think the Broncos have a legit third weapon in the passing game along with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders that will make them a terror to try and plan for. This would be a very exciting pick, getting a player that has shown signs of being the best tight end in the draft, potentially.