Virgil Green going this late in the draft was a shocker as ESPN had him rated as the third best tight end and 79th player overall. The Denver Broncos made Green their second tight end pick of the draft with the other being Portland State's Julius Thomas. There is no reason why Green slipped, but he could be a steal if his pre draft ranking is anywhere near correct. It could be his size since he is only 249 pounds for a tight end. Green will need to bulk up closer to 285 or more to become a more complete tight end.
Here is NFL.com's take on Green:
Green has great speed for a tight end. Explodes off the line and out of his breaks to gain separation. Has excellent hands. Plucks and snatches away from his frame and secures the football without losing speed. Can get up the seam and make the over-the-shoulder grab. Flashes potential as a second-level blocker. Outstanding intangibles.
Does not have adequate NFL tight end size and lacks growth potential. Struggles as a blocker. Lacks power at the point of attack and technique needs refinement. Must improve ability to locate soft spots in zone coverage. Still developing as a route runner. Can be neutralized at the line by press coverage.