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Report: Broncos had a pre-draft visit with Washington wide receiver, Dante Pettis

Another potential wide receiving option for the Broncos.

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According to Yahoo Sports’s Jordan Schultz, the Denver Broncos had a pre-draft visit with former Washington wide receiver, Dante Pettis.

He is a 6’1, 192lb wide receiver who is considered a day two option in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Pettis played four seasons at Washington and put up some impressive numbers, including a 15 touchdown season in 2016. During his four-year career, Pettis has totaled 163 receptions for 2,256 yards, and 24 touchdowns. He also has 90 career punt returns for 1,274 yards and 9 touchdowns. This past season for Washington, Pettis totaled 63 receptions for 761 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also had 21 punt returns for 428 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Here is what NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler had to say about the former Washington wide receiver/punt returner.

SUMMARY: A four-year starter at Washington, Pettis lined up all over the formation in the Huskies’ offense, developing terrific chemistry with quarterback Jake Browning. His senior season production didn’t live up to expectations, but his senior tape didn’t show a drop off in ability, finishing his career top-five in school history in catches (163), receiving yards (2,256) and touchdowns catches (24). With four punt return touchdowns in 2017, Pettis set the NCAA record with nine punt return scores in his career, showing outstanding vision, spatial awareness and slashing acceleration to motor away from pursuit. He can be out-physicaled in coverage, but he tracks well downfield and extends outside his frame to snatch the football. Overall, his lack of play strength vs. NFL defensive backs is a concern, but his athletic traits, feel as a route runner and ball skills project him as a No. 2/3 NFL receiver who can play outside or in the slot, adding value as a punt returner.

The Broncos need wide receiver depth and will add one if not two receivers during the 2018 NFL Draft. Veteran’s Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are nearing the end of their time with Denver and 2017 third-round pick Carlos Henderson is coming off a disappointing rookie year. So the Broncos need to add some talent and youth to that position. A player like Pettis could contribute right away as a punt returner and potentially as the Broncos number three wide receiver on offense.

Pettis figures to go sometime on day two of the 2018 NFL Draft and could be an option for the Broncos in the early third round.