Tavarres King: How Will Broncos' Newest Wide Receiver Fare in the Pros?

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Tavarres King #12 of the Georgia Bulldogs makes a catch for a touchdown against Andrew Green #11 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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In the fifth round, the Broncos added another weapon for Peyton Manning, selecting Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King


Pro Outlook

King is a true deep threat, and should immediately be a dangerous weapon in Denver. 

He isn't a physical receiver and would definitively benefit by adding some weight, but King will be able to stretch the field and should come up with some big plays for the Broncos early in his career.

He's at his best when lined up on the outside, and should rotate in behind Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.


Fantasy Outlook

Manning will feed the ball to Thomas, Decker and Wes Welker, but King could establish himself as the fourth option in the Broncos offense.

He won't be a viable fantasy option early on, but should anyone go down with an injury he could become a surprising sleeper to keep an eye on. 


Roster Outlook

Thomas, Welker and Decker are firmly entrenched as the Broncos' top receivers, but Denver doesn't have a ton of depth at the position. 

King will compete with Greg Orton and Gerell Robinson for the job as the fourth receiver. 

A job definitely won't be guaranteed to King, but his speed makes him an interesting option especially since neither Welker nor Decker is a consistent downfield threat. 


Pick Analysis

Nothing is guaranteed in the fifth round, but King does one thing well and that's really all you can hope to find this late in the draft.

There were other receivers on the board with more upside, but the Broncos are building for the immediate future. King can immediately step on the field and be a guy that defenses need to be aware of at all times.

Grade: A-