3 moves Denver Broncos must make following the 2022 NFL Draft

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Denver Broncos – New York Giants tight end Kyle Rudolph (80) runs with the ball with pressure from Washington Football Team linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) in the first half at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.Nyg Vs Was /

Denver Broncos move no. 2: Sign veteran TE Kyle Rudolph

The Denver Broncos just used their second selection in the 2022 NFL Draft — no. 80 overall in the third round — on UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich.

The team is certainly going to expect the combination of Dulcich and third-year player Albert Okwuegbunam to do much of the heavy lifting at the position, as well as veteran free agent Eric Tomlinson to come in and be a blocking specialist.

With that being said, Kyle Rudolph can come into the building and provide a crucial veteran presence both on and off the field.

I don’t think it would be overly expensive to bring Rudolph in, and he is a grizzled veteran who has been one of the better tight ends in the league over the last decade.

Rudolph is a solid blocker at the position and could be an on-field mentor for the young players the Broncos have leading the way.

He could “raise the floor” of the room, so to speak.

You have a little bit of unpredictability with a rookie and Albert Okwuegbunam at the top of the depth chart, and Eric Tomlinson offers very little as a receiver.

There’s tremendous value in bringing a person like this into your locker room to show the younger players how a top-tier veteran works, impacts the community, and just generally goes about his day-to-day to have a decade-long NFL career.