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What could a Broncos draft look like if they went tight end in first round?

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Here’s how the Denver Broncos draft class might look if they go with a tight end with the tenth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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This time around I decided to do something different. I’ve seen a lot of mocks and even Andrew Mason making the case for a Day 1 tight end. This is kind of what that scenario could look like.

10. T.J. Hockenson, TE

I had my pick of the Iowa boys but decided on Hockenson. His game seems like the cleaner fit to the offense I expect Rich Scangarello to run. He isn’t quite the athlete Fant is, but he’s plenty quick. He’s also a capable blocker and should have no problem starting from day 1.

41. Erik McCoy, OL

Most of his time in school came at center, so he’d be a good addition to take over for the departed Matt Paradis. That would slide Connor McGovern and push Elijah Wilkinson to a backup role. Chances are good McCoy will be ready to start day 1, so this pick was a no brainer.

71. Juan Thornhill, S

There are a couple of things that really stood out to me about Thornhill. He’s a former cornerback and a true ballhawk, notching 13 interceptions the last 3 seasons. Imagine what he could blossom into under Donatell and Fangio’s tutelage. Look at those athletic numbers.

Obviously the agility drills are something that bears monitoring, but he’s an exciting prospect this far down the board.

125. Tyree Jackson, QB

I’ll admit I had Mase’s tweet in mind as I made this pick:

There may not be a more talented arm in this class. Jackson can straight up throw it through a wall, if he can hit it. He’ll need to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up as his mechanics are a mess. I’m a bit concerned that he’ll never really get it all together, but if the Broncos pass on a QB at the top, a developmental guy farther down the draft makes some sense.

148. Justin Hollins, Edge

Was looking at receivers here. I had my eyes on Darius Slayton from Auburn, but the Eagles grabbed him out from under me. After that no one jumped at me as a good fit here a long term replacement for Emmanuel Sanders.

At that point, I looked at BPA and settled on Hollins as a potential swing guy behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. There are times the Duck will leave you wanting more, but perhaps he just needs the right coach to light his fire.

156. Ben Burr-Kirven, LB -

It’s debatable if he’ll ever be able to grow into a full fledged starter, but the Washington product is the kind of scrappy and athletic prospect that teams should keep an eye on. If he falls this far the Broncos would be lucky to grab him.

182. Isaiah Prince, OL

He’s the kind of low floor, high ceiling flier that could really blossom under Munchak’s tutelage. All reports suggest he’ll need significant work to refine his hand punch as he enters the league, but the tools are there for him to become a potential starter down the road.

237. Jalen Hurd, WR

A talented project, Hurd was once a 5-star running back recruit who wound up switching to receiver after a transfer. He’s raw and will need to learn routes at the NFL level but provides some intrigue to a creative coach.

What do you think of this mock?