Denver Broncos Should Keep An Eye On Braxton Berrios

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Braxton Berrios
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Braxton Berrios /

Ever since the departure of Wes Welker in a Peyton Manning-led offense, the Denver Broncos have needed a dynamic slot receiver.

In this upcoming NFL Draft, there are a few players of note for the slot receiver position that the Denver Broncos should consider. One player in particular is savvy, smart, and a complete package at wide receiver. University of Miami Hurricanes Braxton Berrios is the right player to fit the true number three wide receiver bill next year.

Now, it is certainly a tall task to ask of a rookie to slide right in and play predominantly at the slot. However, Berrios does all the little things right and then some. He’s crafty enough to create separation from a defensive back. Not to mention he recognizes the soft spots in coverage about as well as anyone. Berrios has hands made of glue. Very rarely do you see consistent dropped passes from him.

An added bonus is certainly special teams. Berrios is not a slippery runner like Isaiah McKenzie. However, there’s reliability. This translates back to his catching ability. While players like McKenzie make jaws drop every one play, Berrios would provide stability. Berrios gives more bang and same amount of buck as Jordan Taylor.

As a Hurricane, Berrios first three seasons lacked significantly in production. His senior year Berrios registered 679 yards receiving and a robust nine touchdowns. Berrios is a smart kid too. He finished with a near perfect GPA in college. He finished as one of 13 finalists for the Campbell Award, the “Academic Heisman” according to some.

Berrios said in January he is out to prove he can play the position despite the small stature at 5’9.

"“It’s always nice to prove somebody wrong. I want to show I’m a playmaker. When the ball was in the air and my number was called, I made the plays.” Berrios added."

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"“Hopefully they can see why my team thought of me as one of the captains, one of the leaders on the team. I think that’s a vital part of being a good football player and building a good football team.” Berrios on how being a captain can help how teams view him.“I would say those are two things I really want to show. That I’m a playmaker and that they know I’m a leader and I’m going to do anything I can for my team, whichever one it ends up being.” Berrios concluded."

Berrios might go undrafted according to experts, but the value of a slot receiver will see his stock rise.

This alone makes the NFL Draft remarkable because it is a crapshoot. The Denver Broncos could see tremendous value in adding Berrios. If the Broncos added a wide receiver in the first few rounds, then it would not be a surprise. Look no further than Cody Latimer.

Nonetheless, Braxton Berrios is a name to watch as we get closer to the draft.