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 who could help transform the Denver Broncos’ offense." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteMile High Reporta Denver Broncos communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBroncosOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:NFL DraftNFL Draft ProfilesDenver Broncos 2019 Draft2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Iowa tight end Noah FantNew Dre’Mont Jones Denver Broncos Jersey ,40commentsIowa tight end Noah Fant is a prospect who could help transform the Denver Broncos’ offense. 2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Iowa tight end Noah FantPhoto by Steven Branscombe/Getty ImagesIt has been a handful of years since the Denver Broncos have had a legitimate receiving threat at the tight end position. However, that doesn’t mean the franchise hasn’t tried finding one. John Elway and his staff have selected a tight end in three of the last four drafts. Unfortunately, each of those selections (Jeff Heuerman, Jake Butt, and Troy Fumagalli) haven’t panned out as planned.Availability means everything in the National Football League. Without question, injuries have hampered the crop of tight ends on the Broncos’ roster. Even so, it is unlikely that the aforementioned will end up being top-tier difference makers for the franchise. That being said, it is imperative that the team goes back to the draft well once again to strengthen the position. A play-making tight end is essential in the offense that Rich Scangarello will be bringing to the Mile High City. Everyone knows the impact George Kittle had last year for the San Francisco 49ers. Not only that, it just so happens to be a position that newly-crowned franchise quarterback Joe Flacco loves to target. Luckily for the Broncos, the 2019 NFL Draft is loaded with tight end talent. One of the top prospects available is Iowa’s Noah Fant, who has been on my radar since September. A multi-sport athlete with incredible athleticism and production, Fant has the potential to be the ultimate playmaker at the next level. His skill set is extremely intriguing and if selected, would provide the Broncos’ offense with a dynamic that has been missing for quite some time. Let’s take a deeper look at the former Hawkeye and what he brings to the table at the next level.Noah Fant — Tight End — IowaHeight: 6’4” Weight: 249 lbs.Bench Press: 20 reps | Arm Length: 33 1/2” | Hands: 9 3/4”40 Yard Dash: 4.5 | 3 Cone Drill: 6.81 | 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.22Film Room and HighlightsHart’s Scouting ReportPositives: Modern day move tight end with the potential to become a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. Possesses elite athleticism and had one of the most impressive combine performances ever by a tight end. Displays a great burst off the line of scrimmage, separates from defenders with ease, and gets to top-end speed quickly. Has a knack for getting above the defender and coming down with contested throws. Tremendous threat up the seam vertically and in the red zone. Demonstrates great elusiveness in the open field and accumulates a lot of yardage after the catch. Boasts incredible production with 18 of his 69 catches the past two seasons going for touchdowns. Well-coached and comes from a program known for producing NFL caliber talent at the position.Negatives: Struggled with drops and consistency during his sophomore campaign, but improved upon that in his junior season. Doesn’t always play to his size and certainly could be more aggressive by imposing his will against defensive backs and linebackers. Only average when it comes to run-blocking, but has the frame and ability to get stronger at the point of attack. Route running is still a work in progress.Overall: Top 20 prospect. There’s a supreme debate as to who is the better tight end to come out of Iowa this year. While T.J. Hockenson may be the more well-rounded player of the two, Fant’s impeccable play-making ability and potential as a move tight end will be extraordinarily appealing to coaches and coordinators looking to add a unique dynamic to the offensive side of the ball.Does Noah Fant make sense for the Broncos?Selecting a tight end with their top selection in this year’s draft might be a hard scenario for Broncos Country to get behind, but there is no denying Fant’s talent. The question ultimately comes down to value. If Denver opted to move down from the tenth overall selection and gained extra draft capital in the process, Fant should be a prospect Elway and the Broncos’ brass highly consider. He has a chance to become one of the league’s best weapons at the position and addresses one of the franchise’s biggest long-term needs. A promising young QB gets the fanbase excited, but no one gets to assume the future. Drew Lock’s success is all on his own shoulders." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteMile High Reporta Denver Broncos communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBroncosOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕If you want it, rookie... earn it.New,79commentsA promising young QB gets the fanbase excited, but no one gets to assume the future. Drew Lock’s success is all on his own shoulders. If you want it, rookie... earn it.Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesThere’s no mania that fanbases are prone to quite like the mania brought on by a promising rookie quarterback. Broncos Country is no stranger to this mania, and honestly we might have it worse than most fanbases. Quarterback has been an unsettled issue for the Broncos since the day Peyton Manning retired, and we’ve seen fans get carried away on crusades for or against various quarterbacks again and again in the time since.Hint: It’s going to happen this year too.But if John Elway Dre’Mont Jones Denver Broncos Jersey , Vic Fangio, & company are wise, they’ll turn a deaf ear to the nigh-inevitable clamor. And I’d say that we as fans would be well advised to do the same. Because in the end it’s not about what the fanbase wants, but about what’s best for the Broncos in 2019 and in future seasons. The quality of play the Broncos get out of Joe Flacco should certainly be a notable factor in when or if a QB change happens this year, next year, or whenever. But really the driving factor has to be Drew Lock and his quality of play. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesThe Broncos made a critical mistake in the 2016 offseason by taking a raw 1st round QB but failing to secure a decent veteran bridge (Mark Sanchez? Really?!?). That was far from the only mistake the team made in regard to Paxton Lynch, beginning with drafting him in the first place, but the apparent lack of a viable alternative had fans clamoring for Lynch practically from day one. For many fans, it didn’t matter that he wasn’t ready. They’d anointed him as Manning’s successor and the calls for him to learn on the job started loud and only got louder the next season.It’s important that the team doesn’t fall back into that trap this offseason/season, especially due to the presence of a viable QB in Joe Flacco. I’d argue that it’s also important that the fanbase avoids the same pitfall. That’s not an attempt to tell you who to pull for, just a plea for patience. Lock isn’t the same raw, lackadaisical project that Lynch was, but he has important work to do and some habits and issues that need ironing out.And that’s really the gist of it: Paxton Lynch was the assumed franchise QB from the outset as a matter of when, not if. Lock isn’t and shouldn’t be. Flacco could turn in some decent to good seasons in orange & blue, so Lock can’t afford to assume he’ll be handed the job after a year. If he wants to be The Guy for the next ten to fifteen years, then he needs to step up and do the work he needs to do to prepare before he ever tries to rip the job out of Flacco’s hands. And rightly so, because Joe Flacco’s the starter right now. He’s doing what the starter should and focusing on winning first.Photo by Rob Carr/Getty ImagesAs coach Fangio said about a week ago, “That’s on Drew to soak in and learn. Joe’s learning a new system himself. As we move along there will be more interaction and they’ll get to know each other but primarily it’s on Drew to learn.”So if you want it, Drew, then step up and take it. This job doesn’t come on a silver platter anymore.For us fans, it’s a good situation. Flacco should provide better play than we’ve seen in several years, and the team should be set at QB for a couple of years regardless. The QB performance floor has risen, and now we get to see if Lock can raise the ceiling. But if he doesn’t? Fine. Back to the drawing board we’ll go.Horse TracksWhich NFL franchise is truly the most dysfunctional?The NFL had a tiny signing spree in mid-May. Which moves will matter?1 under-the-radar move to love from each NFL team this offseasonAsk a former NFL player: Should there be a rule that permanently bans domestic violence abusers?Baker Mayfield’s beef with Kliff Kingsbury could be even better in the NFLShould anyone actually want the Jets general manager job? 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