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Broncos roster 2016: Tight end Henry Krieger-Coble

Breaking down the Denver Broncos 2016 90-man roster, one player, one post, one day at a time. Today we keep the football rolling looking at undrafted rookie tight end, Henry Krieger-Coble.

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It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but starting today and through August 27th, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.

Name: Henry Krieger-Coble
Position: Tight End
Height: 6'4"   Weight: 248
Age: 24   Experience: R
College: Iowa

The NFL Draft is always full of a few surprises on day three. Some prospects who you never heard of go much higher than expected and some guys you expected to be locks to be drafted go undrafted. That is what happened with Iowa tight end Henry Krieger-Coble.

Many assumed the productive tight end would be a mid to late day three prospect, but he slipped through the cracks and unfortunately went undrafted.

It was probably a disappointing moment for Coble, but things quickly changed when the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos came calling. We all know that Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak loves adding tight ends, and they singled out Coble as a guy they wanted to sign.

Coble played four seasons at Iowa, but only started for one season(this past season), so his totals will not blow you away. During his four-year career at Iowa, Coble totaled 42 receptions for 463 yards, and 4 touchdowns. This past season Coble was second on the team with 35 receptions for 405 yards and 1 touchdown.

Now Coble joins the Broncos fighting for a roster spot but knows this is a great landing spot for him.

"By the mid-to-late seventh round, you're sitting there and watching, and you're like, 'You might as well try to find a great fit for what you do,'" Krieger-Coble recalled. "Fortunately, they showed interest here in Denver, and it all worked out."

According to Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com, the Broncos brought Coble in for a pre-draft visit and he got to know the coaches a little better and got to know the offensive system the Broncos run. After this visit, Coble knew Denver would be an ideal landing spot for him.

"I came out here and visited during the process and talked to the coaches, and I could see that this was the pro-style, Iowa-style offense that's kind of how we ran it," Krieger-Coble said. "It was a little more comfortable than read-option-type stuff for my skill set."

(Photo via Liz Martin/The Gazette)

It's a good fit on a number different levels for Coble.

First, the Broncos tight end position is a wide open competition at this point. Second-year player Jeff Heuerman missed his entire rookie year with an ACL injury, veteran Virgil Green has never stepped up to be a productive member of the offense and veteran Garrett Graham isn't a lock to make the roster.

Coble probably won't win the starting job, but a roster spot is there for the taking if he shows enough promise this summer.

The good:

Coble looks like a Gary Kubiak tight end. Not the biggest, fastest, or most athletic tight end, but a good scheme fit.

Coble did most of his damage in 2015 in option routes and flat routes. He showed enough ability to set up linebackers and beat them with his route running ability.

Like most Iowa football players, Coble is a hard-nosed type of player who will lower his head and fight for the extra yards on the football field.

Blocking isn't his thing right now, but he showed he was a capable cut blocker while at Iowa as well.

Head Coach Gary Kubiak praised Coble this spring by saying he knows what he's doing out on the football field and that he is doing "some good things".

"He's an undersized guy, but he knows what he's doing," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "He played in an offense similar to ours. I think you're seeing him stepping out and doing some good things."

Another positive for Coble is the wide open competition at tight end. Like I said earlier, Heuerman and Green are the only locks right now, and neither of those players have really produced in the NFL at this point. So this is a great opportunity of Coble.

Here's what NFL.com's Draft profile had to say about Coble.

Determined combination tight end with the potential to play in­line or as a move tight end. Krieger­-Coble was a three-sport star in high school and played multiple positions on the football field, which accounts for his athleticism and competitiveness. He might not blow teams away with freaky traits, but his tape shows the potential to help in a zone blocking scheme as well as the ability to win against man coverage.

Shows the potential to help in a zone blocking scheme? You landed in a good spot Coble.

The bad:

Coble is undersized, and the Broncos want him to add some size to his frame this summer.

"The big thing for him is going to be getting bigger and stronger," Kubiak said. "I don’t know how much ground you can make up between now and training camp, but that’s going to be the key for him in his career. Can he get a little bit bigger?"

He's currently listed at 248lbs, but the Broncos are looking to get him at the 245lb range.

Now you might be thinking, wait a minute? Wouldn't that mean he would be losing weight? The Broncos are looking for Coble to shed the body fat he has on his body right now, for lean muscle. If he does this, he could find a home in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.

One of the reasons why the Broncos want Coble to hit the weight room is his run blocking ability. He really struggled at it at Iowa. Pro Football Focus graded him with one of the lower run blocking grades in the 2016 tight end draft class. So if he wants to make it in a Gary Kubiak offense, he will need to improve that part of his game in the NFL.

He's also just a one-year wonder at Iowa. One full season as a starter at Iowa and he only caught one touchdown that season. So he's a bit inexperienced with very little production.

One last thing, I know I mentioned this earlier, but his athleticism isn't that great. He isn't going to stretch the field, doesn't have the biggest catch radius, and just doesn't have the playmaking traits you see today's tight ends have.

Pro Day results for Coble:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds
  • Vertical: 33 1/2 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches
  • Short shuttle: 4.52 seconds
  • 3-cone: 7.72 seconds
  • Bench: 10 reps of 225 pounds

Quotable:

Henry Krieger-Coble on his fit with the Denver Broncos

"I wanted to come to a place where it had a great history and a great coaching staff that was able to utilize a two-way tight end," Krieger-Coble said. "I think that this is a really good fit."

Roster status:

I really like his chances of making the team.

As Kubiak said, him adding weight will be key, but if he does that, I see him being the Broncos 3rd or 4th tight end this season.

I don't think he'll really every turn into an All-Pro player, but a solid reserve/backup player who could make some noise inside the red zone. He showed he could beat linebackers in college, and if he can do that in the NFL, he'll find a role for himself in Kubiak's offense.