Broncos Pick (10): T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
ESPN’s Draft Expert Mel Kiper Jr. also had the Broncos taking Hockenson in his Mock 3.0 last month — which we reviewed, and you can check out here — so we won’t repeat much of that analysis.
Hockenson could really end up going anywhere in this draft but the consensus seems to be between #10 and #25.
He’s a weapon for any team that takes him and is still young with room to grow.
How does Hockenson fit with the Broncos?
As noted in Kiper’s Mock 3.0 review, the Broncos currently have three tight ends they drafted within the last 3 years in Jeff Heuerman, Jake Butt, and Troy Fumagalli.
None of them has been able to live up to their true potential yet because of injury so it could be high-time the Broncos pick a guy that doesn’t have an injury history and can start
Hockenson would immediately leapfrog all of those guys and become Joe Flacco’s primary tight end target. Flacco thrives with talented tight ends so this wouldn’t be the worst choice the Broncos could make at #10.
Who was still available?
Casserly has some trades happening in the round one, unlike most mocks up until this point, but none that directly affect the Broncos.
However, in his mock, he still has players like Devin Bush and Dwayne Haskins available when the Broncos pick at #10.
It’s safe to assume most of Broncos Country would lose their minds if the team passed on a talented inside linebacker or a potential quarterback of the future for a tight end, but as John Elway said he believes Flacco is still in his prime and may focus on surrounding him with pieces that will help him succeed now.