One of the areas the Denver Broncos wanted to address in the NFL Draft was depth at the wide receiver position. For the 2013 season, the Broncos are set at the first three spots with Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker. However, the Broncos need a fourth receiver for depth and a guy that can step in when the time comes.
Welker is only on a two-year deal and Decker is a free agent after next season, and the Broncos have to be ready for those situations. With that in mind, the Broncos selected Tavarres King in the fifth-round of this past weekend’s draft.
King is a deep threat with speed that has a chance to contribute immediately. Decker and Welker are going to run a lot of underneath routes and those routes will draw up a secondary. King, along with Thomas, can both get deep and if the secondary is focused on the shorter stuff then both guys will make big plays down the field.
Now before we get too carried away, it’s no guarantee that King will even be the fourth receiver coming out of camp but he has a chance. In addition to his ability to run the deep routes, King has improved his overall route running and runs the hitch route extremely well. The comeback route or hitch is a favorite of Peyton Manning, so that should serve King well. He has also demonstrated the ability to play through physical cornerbacks, and will fight to get inside position on slant routes.
King must continue to work on his consistency in route running and eliminate some of the drops that showed up in college from time to time. He also has to maintain his physical play throughout the game, as he will rely on his athleticism too much at times.
Overall, King represents great value for a pick in the fifth-round. He has all of the tools to be a very productive receiver in the NFL. As with every draft pick, though, being selected only offers the chance to be great. The rest is up to King and every other player who was drafted over the weekend.
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