Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos looking for Tight Ends


This list that follows is meant to be my personal amateur analysis on TEs available in the 2012 Draft with information about the professional general draft projection and my (again, amateur) analysis about who fits Denver needs and in which round should be draft by the Denver Broncos.

 

 

Player

College

Year

Height

Weight

Note

League Projection

My Grade (Broncos point of view)

Coby Fleener

Stanford

rSr

6-6

247

Fantastic pass catcher and goo blocker. He could beDenverpick at 25.

1st – 2nd

1st

Orson Charles

Georgia

Jr

6-3

251

He got a DUI after the combine. But anyhow he does a good job both at pass catching and run blocking. I think that even Denver bolstered the TE corps in Free Agency if Charles falls to the 3rd round, Denver would really considered him, if they didn’t erased his name from the board because character issues.

3rd

3rd

Michael Egnew

Missouri

Sr

6-5

252

He’s a big powerful TE. I didn’t see enough run block where he was involved to grade him out. The Broncos interviewed him at senior bowl and could be interested in bringing him in. But investing a lower pick, since he still has areas of development (block mainly).

3rd – 4th

5th

Rhett Ellison

Southern California

rSr

6-5

251

I really like this prospect and together with Galippo is the 2nd underrated prospect Imo, coming out of the heralded USC. He is a tweener in the sense that he could play the Half Back position (TE/FB). I think the Broncos are going to use this kind of player a lot next year and probably envision Green and Sylvester as battling for this roster spot in training camp and Dreessen too will play as HB. This guy is big powerful and strong. I didn’t have the opportunity to see any video on his run blocking ability but I guess he is on Broncos final board, as a late pick, but they could really be interested to bring him to camp at least to have more competition. I like what he could bring to the Broncos and for this reason I would like them to draft him.

5th – 6th

5th – 6th

Evan Rodriguez

Temple

rSr

6-1

239

A thick compact TE/FB. He could interest the Broncos a lot because he also is athletic and knows how to block at the LOS, in the backfield and in open field.

5th – 6th

5th – 6th

George Bryan

North CarolinaState

rSr

6-5

265

An interesting prospect at TE that could block well (although has the gain muscles to compete with NFL defenders) and does a good job in the short are pass catch. Does not seem to have the uphill speed that nowadays is required to starting TE but could be a really solid blocking TE a la Dreessen and be an important player in some system offense.

5th

7th

Nick Provo

Syracuse

rSr

6-3

237

He is another late round guy that could be use as blocking machine and has some potential has short area pass catcher. Is not overly athletic and does not possess uphill speed. More a nº2 TE type that could fall a bit on draft day.

6th

7th – FA

James Hanna

Oklahoma

Sr

6-4

252

Not overly fluid in his movement but a big player that could block both in pass and in run plays. He could learn more how to use his big body in the pass catching area but show also some speed and understands routes.

6th – 7th

7th – FA

Beau Reliford

Florida State

Sr

6-5

256

He has some body and football skills that remind of Dreessen. As Dreessen in modern NFL that loves speed TE he could be drafted as later round pick or go undrafted. He is another guy that could fit whatDenveruses as HB.

7th – FA

7th – FA

Emil Igwenagu

Massachusetts

rSr

6-2

249

He has a lot of upside as Half Back. A good FA pickup that could really stick to the roster because of good special teams plays.

5th – 6th

FA

Cory Harkey

UCLA

Sr

6-4

260

Big and strong blocking TE. In a NFL in need of deep threat TE, he will be drafted as high as late round pick.Denvercould look at him as FA since the team has good depth at TE.

6th

FA

Chad Diehl

Clemson

rSr

6-2

257

He is the best pure fullback of the draft. He is a tractor that is slamming defender and hit them really hard. I like him a lot and, since I don’t think that the Broncos would use fullback, I moved him to TE/HB position. He should be develop a bit but Spencer Larsen got some pass catch too in 2011…. I think thatDenverwon’t spend a pick on him, but if he’ll be available as CFA he could be a good addition. He’s really good on blocking really really good.

6th

FA

Chase Ford

Miami(Fla.)

Sr

6-6

258

Tall and big pass catcher that needs time to develop for NFL standards. Needs to really learn pass and run blocking technique and could interest more team that are looking only for pass catch TE.Denverwould require him to block and that would make him a developmental player and so a FA acquisition.

6th – 7th

FA

Brad Smelley

Alabama

Sr

6-2

238

A FB/TE/QB at Alabama. His versatility will probably let him gain the interest of various teams andDenvercould be between them.

6th – 7th

FA

David Paulson

Oregon

rSr

6-3

246

Pass catching TE that could struggle with NFL more explosive and faster defender. Does not have elite game speed for the position but still knows well how to get to the ball in the air. I think he is a little bit underrated butDenverhas really solid depth. This is the reason I don’t see the Broncos using a late round pick on a TE that cannot be used as TE/FB.

7th

FA

Tyler Urban

West Virginia

Sr

6-4

245

A pass catching TE.

7th – FA

FA

Anthony Miller

California

Sr

6-3

254

He has effort issues. Could be really good both on pass catch and blocking areas but he is too much inconsistent, even in the profile videos…

7th – FA

FA

Josh Chichester

Louisville

rSr

6-7

240

He’s too big for not draw interest as a CFA. He went toLouisvilleas WR, turning to TE. He has reliable hands, but cannot block. Still 6′ 7” is a good reason to bring him to camp and see his production level.

FA

FA

Matt Veldman

North DakotaState

Sr

6-6

256

Small school prospect that could really has a chance to surprise if picked up by the right team that has space in the practice squad for develop him.

FA

FA

Ryan Deehan

Colorado

Sr

6-5

255

With his sizeDenvercould think to bring him in as CFA and see what he has to bring to the table during training camp.

FA

FA

Dwayne Allen

Clemson

rJr

6-3

255

Pass catcher TE. IfDenverpasses on Fleener I don’t see the Broncos going after Allen especially when TE inDenverwould be asked to block.

2nd

No

Ladarius Green

La.-Lafayette

Sr

6-6

238

I think he’s overrated. He’s still very much raw and does not show good enough job on blocking and does not use well enough his body as pass catcher. He really needs time to develop andDenveralready has a pair of TEs with upside that are developing in Green and Thomas.

3rd

No

Deangelo Peterson

LSU

Sr

6-3

243

There are some effort issues on him. Combining it with the fact that he has upside but is still raw that makes him be a big gamble for any team in the draft.

4th

No

Brian Linthicum

MichiganState

rSr

6-4

249

He’s a big TE with receiving skill but does not seems to be really fast or dynamic. Not a great blocker at all.

4th – 5th

No

Kevin Koger

Michigan

Sr

6-3

262

Out of the year

FA

No

 

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