If the Broncos keep Eric Decker, they may only be looking for depth at the wide receiver position. Andre “Bubba” Caldwell is an unrestricted free agent, and the team may not bring him back.
Even if Decker moves on, the Broncos may choose to add a veteran free agent like Hakeem Nicks to take his place.
Enter a sleeper wide receiver like Shaquelle Evans from UCLA.
He began his college career at Notre Dame but transferred to UCLA in 2010. He quickly became known as a big-play receiver who was clutch when his team needed him the most.
His college quarterback Brett Hundley was a favorite of mine to watch each week. Evans was one of Hundley’s prized targets and made several big plays on Saturdays.
Evans is a better deep target than he is a middle receiver. He can struggle to beat physical coverage over the middle, and he will sometimes struggle to make contested catches.
However, get him on a “9” route, and he will stand out. He has build-up speed and can track deep passes effectively.
The gauntlet drill at the combine may be the most important drill for him. He’ll need to show the concentration to catch several passes in a row, plus it will be good for him to show sideline awareness.
Other sleeper targets at the position could include: Matt Hazel (Coastal Carolina), Brandon Coleman (Rutgers) and Jeremy Gallon (Michigan).
Note: All quotes and injury/practice observations obtained firsthand. Record/statistical information provided via email from the Denver Broncos. All contract information for individual players is from Spotrac.com. Draft grades all from NFLDraftScout.com. Cecil Lammey can be followed on Twitter @CecilLammey.