Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
The Broncos traded Noah Fant in the aforementioned blockbuster deal with Seattle that saw the Seahawks send quarterback Russell Wilson to Denver. This creates a need at the tight end position. I am a big fan of Albert Okwuegbunam, but his vast injury history makes it clear that a capable body is needed behind him. That’s where Isaiah Likely comes in. He is much more of a new-age tight end, specializing as a pass catcher first. Wilson has never targeted the tight end position often, but with Albert O and Likely, that might begin to change.
Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
Echoing that prior point, the Denver Broncos need some insurance at tight end. Kolar is a bit different than Likely, in that he isn’t quite as lethal after the catch, but is more well-rounded because of it. Kolar brings a ton of experience with him to the draft, as he averaged ~700 yards and seven touchdowns over the past three seasons. He pairs well with Okwuegbunam, so it will come down to exactly what type of tight end that general manager George Paton wants to add to the roster.
Obinna Eze, OL, TCU
Obinna Eze has a few things going for him. First, he went to TCU, a system that typically translates well to the league. Next, he is the ideal size for a right tackle in the NFL. His arms are OVER 36-inches long, which is unheard of. The Broncos brought in Billy Turner from Green Bay, but Eze brings a higher upside and should be able to log starter reps early in his professional career.
Zach Tom, OL, Wake Forest
Zach Tom is another guy with a lot of experience on the offensive line. He brings much more versatility with him than the previously mentioned Obinna Eze. Tom lined up at tackle, guard, and center during his time with the Demon Deacons. The surprising part is, he did well in each spot. In the NFL, the interior is where he should land at though, challenging for a starting spot in training camp.
Justin Shaffer, OL, Georgia
Justin Shaffer is underrated in this draft class. He isn’t a superstar, but if Shaffer lands somewhere late in the draft and goes on to start double-digit games as a rookie, I will not be surprised. He needs work against more agile pass rushers, but he is a mauler in the run game and Javonte Williams would have a lot of fun running through the holes that Shaffer can create.