Broncos draft Noah Fant, TE from Iowa, in first round


The Denver Broncos selected tight end Noah Fant from Iowa with the 20th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The team initially had the 10th overall pick, but traded with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 20th, the 52nd, and a 2020 third round pick. With the trade, the Broncos passed on Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, but Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said the value of the trade was higher than any pick the team would have made at number 10.

Fant said in a press conference Thursday night that Denver is the best place for him considering Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco targets tight ends. John Elway, Broncos general manager and president of football operations, noted the health concerns the team has seen at the tight end position recently as both Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt suffered injuries last season, but said the Broncos ultimately selected Fant because of his speed and ability to stretch the field.

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