Posted Sat Apr 30th by Monty
The Denver Broncos traded back into the fourth round to select Julius Thomas, tight end out of Portland State with the 129th overall pick.
Thomas is a bit of a project — a 6’5″, 246-lbs. basketball player who began playing football in his senior season. According to various scouting reports, Thomas excelled in man-coverage against linebackers but is still very raw in his run blocking and ability to escape zone coverage.
Clearly the Broncos have the success their AFC West counterparts have enjoyed with Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, both former college basketball players, in mind.
“Julius Thomas is a talented tight end who has great potential,” Broncos VP John Elway said. “He’s a tremendous athlete with good speed and strong hands.”
To acquire Thomas, the Broncos traded their 5th (141) & 6th round picks (186) to the Green Bay Packers. They also received a 7th round pick (204) in the deal.
Check out this New York Times scouting report on Thomas, via Denver’s own Cecil Lammey. Exciting huge-upside pick by the Broncos, who were apparently high on Thomas from the start.