5 key takeaways from Broncos GM George Paton’s pre-Draft presser

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Broncos pre-draft presser takeaway no. 3: The position Paton did NOT mention

It’s always interesting in these pre-draft press conferences to read the tea leaves.

What positions or even players were emphasized?

George Paton was asked about or offered information about just about every position on the roster. He talked about return specialists and special teams in general.

He and Darren Mougey talked about the quarterbacks and Mougey even name-dropped a couple of the top prospects in this draft that they had specifically gone on the road to scout.

They talked about the running back position.

Paton noted strengths in this draft off the edge, at receiver, and on the offensive line.

He also talked about the fact that there could be some day two corners that could contribute immediately.

He and Mougey talked extensively about what kind of prospect they look for at the linebacker position.

One position group he didn’t mention a single time?

Tight end.

That wasn’t the only position group he didn’t mention, but it’s a notable one given the amount of turnover the Broncos have had there this offseason with the trade of Noah Fant, the signing of Eric Tomlinson, and the addition of Justin Outten as the offensive coordinator.

Outten, you’ll recall, was the tight ends coach in Green Bay.

This year’s tight end class is pretty deep, so the fact that it didn’t come up in the entire 37-minute press conference seems noteworthy.