There's something special in the air in the Mile High City. The Denver Broncos seem to have their potential franchise quarterback of the future in Drew Lock, and drastically improved with a strong NFL Draft in April.
With so much talent across the roster, one player with a true chance to make the leap this season is currently flying under the radar. That man, ladies and gentlemen, is tight end Noah Fant.
Fant was selected with the 20th overall pick in last year's NFL Draft after the Broncos traded down with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout his collegiate career at Iowa, Fant showed glimpses of becoming a top-tier tight end in the pros, and we saw furthr suggestions of this during his rookie year.
In 16 games, Fant caught 40 of 66 targets for 562 yards and three touchdowns. Apart from those numbers, Fant ranked first among rookie tight ends in yards per reception, yards per route run, and yards after catch per reception. That includes his former Hawkeye teammate TJ Hockenson, who was selected 12 picks before him by the Detroit Lions.
Entering his second year in the NFL, Fant has the opportunity to really take his game to the next level, thanks to both his own maturity and some key additions on offense.
Opposing defenses won't have the luxury of setting their sights merely on Fant and top receiver Courtland Sutton. Now, they'll have to worry about rookie receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, as well as a fearsome rushing duo in Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon. All these weapons will allow Fant to find openings down the middle of the field -- and potentially blow away his promising statistics from 2019.
Pray for defensive coordinators who have to face Fant and the Broncos this year