New mock draft has Broncos taking potentially special tight end

Mar 19, 2024, 10:27 AM

Another day, another mock draft, but this one doesn’t have the Denver Broncos taking a QB in Round 1.

In the third edition of his mock draft this offseason,’s Daniel Jeremiah has head coach Sean Payton and GM George Paton staying at No. 12, and instead taking a potentially special tight end.

That’s right, Jeremiah has University of Georgia stud Brock Bowers landing with the Broncos.

“I know tight end is not a pressing need for the Broncos, but this is a ‘best player available’ situation. They can deploy Bowers in the slot, similar to the way Sean Payton utilized Michael Thomas in New Orleans,” Jeremiah wrote.

While the pick would excite a lot of fans and baffle others it’s not a quarterback, Jeremiah got one thing incorrect. Tight end actually is a pressing need for Denver.

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Even with re-signing Adam Trautman this offseason, he caught just 22 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns a year ago. Greg Dulcich seemingly has potential, but he can’t stay on the field. The former UCLA product played in just two games in 2023. Tight end is indeed a position that Payton and Paton must address.

But so is QB, and in this mock Jeremiah has for quarterbacks going in the top-4. That would be Caleb Williams at No. 1, Drake Maye at No. 2, Jayden Daniels at No. 3 and J.J. McCarthy at No. 4. He has Michael Penix Jr. going to the Raiders at No. 13, right after the Broncos pick, and Bo Nix falling out of Round 1 entirely.

That’s interesting, because ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. also released a mock draft on Tuesday and has Denver selecting the Oregon QB at No. 12 overall. There’s a strong difference of opinion from Jeremiah and Kiper on Nix’s value.

To see Jeremiah’s full mock draft, click here.


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