Do Denver Broncos need to add depth at TE by drafting one?

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Football teams and their makeups ebb and flow like the ocean, it seems.

Last season, the Denver Broncos came in with two very qualified tight ends and a few more younger guys to add depth, but that’s not how it all ended.

Joel Dreessen was going to be the starter, but then injured his knee, and Jacob Tamme was going to be the next man up until Julius Thomas made heads turn in training camp and stole the starting position.

Thomas was nothing short of tremendous last season, shattering career records with 65 receptions for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those 12 scores set a new Broncos team record and Thomas seemed to only get better as the year went on.

In fact, Thomas still has lots of room to grow, which could be the most exciting part about him to fans and coaches alike.

Still, Denver’s going to need depth, so could they draft a tight end?

Our list of top 10 tight ends in the upcoming draft came out today, would any work?

Marcel Jansen could be a possibility, as a big-bodied tight end who goes 6’6″ and 260 pounds, and his lack of production last year is similar to Thomas, who had one catch before 2013. Could Peyton Manning perform his work on yet another pass-catcher?

Another is Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a tall, strong and athletic tight end from Washington. Like Thomas, it’s difficult for any one defender to lock in and guard him; the matchup problems would only help to give the Broncos the advantage.

Still, there are other, more pressing needs that Denver will likely draft before tight end; defensive back, linebacker, offensive line and running back are all needs.


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  • SouthStands1

    Quite possibly the dumbest article I’ve ever read regarding the Broncos. Adding depth at ANY other position makes more sense than going after another TE.

    • Rich Kurtzman

      We’re simply going through, position by position, highlighting the top 10 players at every spot and then examining if any could fit in Denver.

      • SouthStands1

        That’s fine…except Denver has 4 TEs on their roster signed through the 2014 season. If you want to be of the opinion that Denver release Tamme or Dreessen for cap savings and then talk about depth, that’s fine. Otherwise, you have Denver considering a position they’re already going to have too many players at.

        UDFA? Sure. Nothing wrong with adding depth at any position there. To spend a draft pick though? No, Denver has no need with their current roster.