Denver Broncos Have Solved one of their second-biggest need regarding 2024 Draft

With the ’24 Draft, the Broncos can address their second-biggest need.

The NFL Draft of 2024 is rapidly approaching. Teams will be rotating around to discover the best fit for them on both ends of the ball because this is a good draft class with options at several spots.

Writing my position previews is usually a pleasure. After the scouting phase, I have evaluated more than 400 players for this draft class. It’s time to share a preview of what I’ve seen on screen with you.

These are some of the important details you should be aware of from this document.

The Individual
This draft class has one tight end that stands out significantly above the rest: Brock Bowers of Georgia, who is ranked third overall regardless of position, is the player I think is the best. Before the draft, he’s going to hear comparisons to George Kittle, Rob Gronkowski, and Travis Kelce a lot. The distinction is that Bowers might fall off the board in the top-10, whereas those players were selected in the middle rounds. That pressure won’t affect him, for Bowers is capable of giving his best work while under pressure.

Receiving weapons that can align themselves throughout the formation are called bowers. Although he played in the slot for the majority of his time at Georgia, he has prior experience as an in-line tight end. Bowers has so much potential that he even has a ton of outside receiving snaps scheduled. He is a skilled route runner who can outpace linebackers who are assigned to cover him on a regular basis. He occasionally seems uncoverable and has a nose for the end zone.

Bowers does, however, have a few reservations. He is not very large and maybe undersized for an in-line tight end. Although Bowers can put on ten pounds of muscle, you don’t want him to block frequently because he is a receiving threat! Bowers’ ankle issue from the previous season also kept him out of a few games. Although he recovered fast, it is a minor setback for his draft stock, so it is not a major concern.

 

I have good news if Bowers isn’t available to you! There are a ton of gifted tight ends in this class that can offer mid-round value and significant upside.

Ja’Tavion Sanders (Texas) is perhaps the second-best tight end in this class. With his excellent “my ball” mindset and quick speed, Sanders can pose a threat to a defense on long routes. He owns the ball while it’s in the air! He can easily secure the pass by outmuscling opponents. Although Sanders is a quick and powerful player, he still needs to improve as a route runner in the professional ranks. In addition, whoever team selects him in the draft will need to figure out how to increase his red zone output.

Jaheim Bell (FSU) spent most of his career at South Carolina. A one-year starter for the Seminoles, Bell is a solid player with TE/H-Back capability. Watching him reminds me of Delanie Walker or Chigoziem Okonkwo – two players I was high on when they came into the NFL. Bell is a strong player, although he’s not the biggest tight end. He’s also not as dynamic as some of these other “super-sized” wide receivers in this group.

Cade Stover (Ohio State) is tough as nails, likely because he was a linebacker when he first started playing for the Buckeyes. He brings physicality to the position that others do not. Stover knows how to punish defenders after the catch with a stiff arm or lowered shoulder. This makes him tough to bring down, and his tough play makes him a favorite of teammates. His versatility of being a special teams standout in addition to starting tight end and his toughness could lead to a long career.

Brevya Spann-Ford (Minnesota) is a player the Broncos like, and he revealed at his pro day that he’s met with the Broncos in a pre-draft visit. I can see why the Broncos like him. Spann-Ford brings a basketball skill set to the football field. He’s got length, and he’s got the ability to pull away from defenders with speed. Drops are a problem for Spann-Ford, but if he cleans that up he’s got more potential in the pros.

I really like what Jared Wiley (TCU) can bring to the football field. He’s a huge target, measuring 6-foot-6 and he can run like the wind. A high school quarterback and basketball player, Wiley moves so damn smoothly. He understands body leverage when running routes, and he does a great job of squaring up and coming back to the ball. As a former quarterback, Wiley knows where and how to sit down in the soft spot of the zone. Like others on this list, Wiley’s college stats are unimpressive, and he battled shoulder problems at Texas (but played in all his games at TCU).

Ben Sinnott (Kansas State) has some freakish ability. At the NFL Combine, Sinnott led all tight ends in what I consider three of the most important drills (three-cone, broad jump, vertical). He can move, and he’s a smart player who can line up all over the field. I mainly like him as an NFL H-back who can be a Swiss Army knife for his pro team. Sinnott lacks the length to get away from tight defenders.

Theo Johnson (Penn State) is a big target with a large wingspan. He uses his length and size to bring passes into his grasp. A converted high school receiver, Johnson’s college stats won’t blow you away. He never had 100-yard game in college, but Johnson did seem to get more comfortable each season with the Nittany Lions. As a blocker, Johnson needs to learn better technique because of his height.

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Late-Round Gems

If you get deep into day three of the draft, there are a couple of names you need to know. I believe Dallin Holker (CSU) has the chance to be a solid starter in the NFL, but he’s likely to fall into the fifth, sixth, or seventh round. Holker is not the largest, strongest, or fastest tight end in this class. However, he’s a smooth athlete with a nose for the end zone. Holker is a team-first player who will have no problem earning his spot on special teams. I like the way he seems to get stronger with more targets, and he’s the type of guy who can find a way to get open and be a favorite of his quarterback.

Big-bodied player McCallan Castles of Tennessee is a potential better receiving threat than most people realize. Castles attended high school in Colorado and then transferred to UC Davis to start his college career before settling in Tennessee. Because of his immense talent, most people mistake him for being a simple blocking tight end. As a blocker, Castles is passable, but he can do better. He demonstrated his ability to be a red-zone threat, and in my opinion, he is a guy who merits more targets.

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