Broncos in mix for pass-catching tight end?

With today’s trade of tight end Tony Scheffler to the Lions, the Denver Broncos now find themselves without much of a pass-catching threat at that position. Currently manning the Broncos’ depth chart is veteran Daniel Graham, one of the NFL’s better established blocking tight ends, and Richard Quinn, far and away the 2009 draft’s best blocking tight end prospect. They combined for 28 receptions last season and simply don’t have the type of athleticism needed to split out and create mismatches for coach Josh McDaniel’s offense.

As a result, it’s not out of the question that Denver may look and hard look at Oklahoma standout Jermaine Gresham in the late first- or early second-round range and try to move up and get him.

However, a more likely option would be to target some of the draft’s better “off the line Y” options in the third/fifth-round range.

Here are some of the prospects I could see intriguing the Denver coaching staff in the middle rounds:

Aaron Hernandez, Florida
Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
Clay Harbor, Missouri State
Dennis Pitta, BYU
Ed Dickson, Oregon

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