Broncos Draft Recap 2022: Complete breakdown of Denver’s picks
Denver Broncos pick no. 80 overall: Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
Considered by some (like NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah) to be the best tight end in this class, even over the beloved Trey McBride, Greg Dulcich effectively fills the widely perceived need of tight end after sending Noah Fant to the Seattle Seahawks.
With Dulcich in the fray, the Denver Broncos now have two young tight ends with the ability to truly stretch the field and be absolute monsters after the catch.
That was an underrated element of Noah Fant’s game that had really been missing in the Pat Shurmur offense, and with Dulcich coming to Denver from Chip Kelly’s scheme at UCLA, I think we’re going to see the return of tight end YAC in the Mile High City.
Dulcich averaged a pretty astounding 18.6 yards per reception over the last two seasons for Chip Kelly’s Bruins, his two years as a primary starter.
That kind of production doesn’t happen by accident and it wasn’t a very small volume of catches, either. Dulcich averaged 18.6 yards per reception on 68 catches while adding 10 touchdowns.
Dulcich had three touchdowns among his 10 of over 50 yards. His speed is deceptive but where he’s really fascinating is playing a big slot role.
Dulcich was a no-star prospect coming out of high school as a 215-pound tight end. His high school coach played at UCLA and got him preferred walk-on status.
Dulcich wasn’t on scholarship until 2020 and after putting on all of the weight and muscle he did to play the tight end position, he still has some of the same moves you would expect from a much smaller player when lined up in the slot.
In some ways, Dulcich’s game is reminiscent of Travis Kelce’s.
I’m not saying he’s Travis Kelce, but he does some similar things and I think that Broncos fans are going to be extremely pleased with the way he pairs up with Albert Okwuegbunam in the passing game.