The Denver Broncos reunited Drew Lock with his former top target at Missouri, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, an athletic specimen at his position.
Over the course of the last six months, John Elway and the Denver Broncos have been answering questions about whether or not Drew Lock is their guy at the quarterback position. While Elway, Vic Fangio, and others have maintained that they are excited to build around Lock, there has been no better proof of their commitment to Lock than the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Broncos went back-to-back at wide receiver to start the 2020 NFL Draft before taking a starting center in the third round. To open day three of the NFL Draft, the Broncos not only drafted one of Lock’s favorite targets at Missouri, but they also consulted him beforehand.
Again, is there any question that the Broncos are all-in on Drew Lock?
This was a relatively surprising move (depending on who you follow on Twitter…) for the Broncos but a very fun pickup in round four, and why not?
Okwuegbunam and Lock had tremendous chemistry in their time at Missouri and combined for 17 touchdowns. He caught 98 passes in total with 23 total touchdown grabs in three seasons, an impressive number indeed.
Although scouts and analysts have knocked and dinged Okwuegbunam for a lack of great tape, there’s no denying the fact that the dude scored one out of every four times he touched the ball. If it’s because he was wide open all the time, then he’s going to a great place in Denver where teams are already going to have to figure out how to cover everyone else.
Okwuegbunam ran a blazing 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, and that number was certainly shocking and impressive considering you don’t necessarily see the quickness or acceleration, but he’s capable of stretching the seam.
It’s exciting to dream up what Okwuegbunam can become in the pros, especially in an environment where he’s with Lock, a player he is very familiar with and already has great chemistry with.
The Broncos’ offensive weaponry has been substantially upgraded in the last month. The team signed running back Melvin Gordon before drafting Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and now Okwuegbunam.
This is a tremendous pick for the Broncos from the standpoint that they now have weapons through their two’s on the depth chart.
I would expect Okwuegbunam to be brought along as a big slot and it would be fun to have him working with wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni on some route running to expand his horizon as a pass-catching threat at the NFL level.