In an interview with ESPN 980, The Sports Fix, Mike Shanahan confirmed that Niles Paul was transitioning to tight end and that he reminded him of Shannon Sharpe.
He gives you a chance to have a difference maker at the tight end position
I hate to compare anybody to a hall of fame player going into his second year, but Shannon Sharpe came into Denver exactly the same height. He was about five pounds less than Niles Paul weighed [Niles is currently 6'1", 235 pounds according to Shanny]…We moved him over to the tight end position and had a pretty darn good career."
No doubt about that. And Niles Paul wouldn't even have to produce immediately to stay on pace;