"After watching Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe play key roles on the the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 run, GM John Elway could elect to invest in another athletic defender to provide the team with enough options to deal with a potential Jackson defection. Butler is a dancing bear with the balance, body control and agility to create problems for blockers at the line of scrimmage." - Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
"With Malik Jackson set to hit free agency, the Broncos will be looking for new beef at the grocery store. Nkemdiche has his red flags, but he is one of the best talents in this draft class." - Dane Brugler, CBSsports.com
With Malik Jackson's free-agency future up in the air, multiple analysts could see the Broncos looking to replace him. However, if Jackson returns to the Broncos—which will unfold almost two months before the draft—then it's more likely the Broncos look elsewhere.
"They bypass the line here for the draft's best tight end, a 6'5" mismatch-creator. He is nowhere near the blocker Vernon Davis once was, but Henry could provide the type of passing-game target Denver thought it was getting from the veteran TE." - Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Arkansas TE Hunter Henry is the consensus pick among those who thought the Broncos would go with a tight end. But the Broncos still have 10-year veteran Owen Daniels, five-year veteran Virgil Green and a first-year player in Jeff Heuerman, whom the Broncos selected in the third round of the 2015 draft before he tore his ACL during rookie minicamp.