1. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
It’s safe to say I really like this pick for the Broncos.
Denver has lacked a presence at the tight end position since Julius Thomas was running all over people in 2013-14. No offense to Owen Daniels, who made some clutch plays, or the other guys who have made attempts from 2016-present.
Although I like the group the Broncos have of Jeff Heuerman, Jake Butt, and Troy Fumagalli (when healthy in all three cases), there’s no way the Broncos could pass on a dynamic player like Fant especially after trading down in the first round.
I wrote a few reasons why I think this is such a great pick for the Broncos here and dispelled some of the analytics regarding Fant that have been made public knowledge.
Fant is a complete mismatch at the tight end position with speed, explosiveness, and a well-rounded overall game besides that.
He’s a red zone nightmare. As a matter of fact, 13 of his 19 touchdowns at Iowa came inside the red zone.
The Broncos will find ways to get him the ball and get him the ball in space, specifically. Fant is not the most creative runner after the catch, but he’s really hard to track down when he gets a full head of steam.
With the weapons the Broncos have in addition to Fant, I like this pick even more and can’t wait to see the offensive core they have put in place grow together.