The Denver Broncos have a bit of a dilemma.

They possess one of the deadliest receiving duos in the NFL, in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and yet, the Broncos depth at the position has been lacking for multiple seasons.

This year, the team went after Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in the draft, in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. And, already, the young guys have been impressing in camp.

Which of Sutton and Hamilton will become Denver No. 3 receiver this year — helping the addition of gun-slinger Case Keenum — and how does the rest of the receiving corps shape up?

Courtland Sutton: 

At 6’3″ and 219 pounds, he’s got that typical, tall and lanky wideout build which would work as a No. 1 or No. 2 guy. Obviously, Thomas is the No. 1 this year, but maybe Sutton is the next generation at wideout, or, at least that’s the hope.

Sutton was taken No. 40 overall, and like anyone taken in the first half of the draft, teams have to expect them to play immediately. His size is perfect to dominate in the NFL over shorter cornerbacks, and he did just that in college at SMU. Sutton put together back-to-back 1,000-plus yard, 10-plus touchdown seasons; can he make it all translate into the NFL?

At the end of OTAs, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph had this to say about Sutton: “I’ve seen a talented guy. He has a huge catch radius and he’s got great ball skills. As a route runner, it’s coming, but he’s so big and strong that if he doesn’t win with the route, he wins with his body. That’s important also. He’s a worker, he’s mature and he will help us in the fall.”

So, he’s still working on his route running, which is typical of receivers. But, can he become refined enough by the time the footballs are kicked off in September to be the No. 2 (with Sanders in the slot)?

DaeSean Hamilton: 

Hamilton, even going three rounds later than Sutton, has enjoyed seemingly more buzz at the position, at least in OTAs.

“I’m not sure, but it’s a skillset that we saw at the Senior Bowl,” Joseph said of Hamilton’s route running abilities, saying he didn’t know if they were “rare” or not. “Having him for a week was a good deal for us. He’s a guy that’s been a four-year starter in college and that’s rare, to have a guy that’s played four years of college football. I think the more guys who play four years, the more you’ll see that skillset shine.”

So, where Sutton has been lacking — running routes with precision — Hamilton is ahead.

That could mean a lot if that trend continues. At 6’1” and 203 pounds, Hamilton isn’t as tall as Sutton, but he still has enough size to be a complimentary No. 2 in the NFL. His numbers certainly weren’t as stellar as Sutton’s overall, but Hamilton showed steady growth throughout his time at Penn State, playing against other Big Ten schools and athletes.

His 857 yards and nine touchdowns made for a certainly strong output his senior year, and he’s been consistently impressing in Dove Valley already.

What it means is a likely battle between the two, young studs in Broncos training camp.

But, we can’t forget about the other guys vying for playing time at receiver, too.

Currently, there are 13 total receivers on the Broncos roster; let’s look at a few who will impact the offense this year.

Jordan Taylor: 

“Sunshine” has improved the last few years and has been a fan-favorite since he stepped foot in Denver. At 6’5″ tall, he’s the tallest receiver for the Broncos and he’s versatile, too. In his first two seasons, he’s compiled 29 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns, plus he returned 11 punts last year, too.

Taylor will be starting training camp on the PUP list, so that could hamper his hopes of being No. 3, 4 or even 5 this season.

Carlos Henderson:

He’s a wild card after tearing the ligament in his thumb last year and being placed on injured reserve. Can he push for playing time?

Isaiah McKenzie:

Like Henderson, McKenzie is a wild card for the team. He was raw as a receiver last year — with only four receptions for 29 yards — and he made the roster as a punt returner, but fumbled the ball six times on 21 returns, losing that spot. What’s next for McKenzie, who’s a mere 5’7″ and 173 pounds? This may be a make-or-break offseason for him.

Other Broncos receivers: Kenny Bell (3rd year), John Diarse (R), Jimmy Williams (R), River Cracraft (2), Tim Patrick (2) and Jordan Leslie (2).