Denver Broncos could reunite Drew Lock with familiar face
The Denver Broncos have an opportunity to add some athleticism to their offense, and could do so by reuniting Drew Lock with a familiar face.
Although the Denver Broncos used a first-round draft choice on the tight end position in the 2019 NFL Draft (Noah Fant, Iowa), they have an opportunity to add speed and playmaking ability at every offensive position in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Broncos already have some intriguing young talent at the tight end position, but no area of this roster is going to be exempt from possible upgrades, especially in a draft where they have potentially as many as 12 draft choices.
One intriguing possibility for the Broncos in this draft is reuniting Drew Lock with one of his former teammates at Missouri, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.
Okwuegbunam has appeared in a couple of mock draft scenarios here at Predominantly Orange, and in a draft that is so deep at wide receiver, offensive line, quarterback, and defensive line, it’s possible that a top playmaker at tight end like this guy could fall to the later portion of round three or even into day three.
At 6-foot-5, 258 pounds, Okwuegbunam doesn’t look like he plays super fast, so his 40-yard dash time of 4.49 is a bit deceptive, but it makes you wonder if he’s only scratching the surface of what he’s capable of as a player.
Okwuegbunam is a big, long target in the passing game with soft hands. He’s not overly dynamic in terms of his short-area quickness, but this guy is a red zone weapon and has a lot of room to develop.
In three seasons at Missouri, he caught 98 passes with a whopping 23 touchdowns, including 17 touchdowns while Lock was the signal caller at Missouri.
For some context regarding that reception to touchdown ratio, Henry Ruggs at Alabama had 100 total touches and 25 touchdowns.
Okwuegbunam isn’t a tremendous blocker and he’s not a super well-rounded route runner, but his physical traits are obvious and he’s been productive. Thinking of pairing him up with Noah Fant as a big slot is enticing and if he’s sitting there on the third day of the draft, the Broncos will have to think seriously about reuniting him with Lock and seeing if they can re-capture some of the chemistry that combined for 17 touchdowns in two seasons.