The Denver Broncos have concluded their draft season, and will now get them under contract. What are some takeaways after draft weekend for the team?
The Denver Broncos’ 2022 NFL Draft is over and finalized. The next step in this process will be to get these players officially under contract. As we move into more offseason activities and further into the summer offseason programs, the roster is all but set.
For the Denver Broncos in 2022, this draft was to fill out the last remaining holes on the team. They didn’t have an urgent need anywhere on the roster, and would be able to field one of the best starting lineups in the NFL if they had a game this Sunday.
I could see the team adding perhaps an inside linebacker before we get even further into the offseason, but I do think George Paton is very content with the team he’s assembled.
Obviously, there is a big reason for each draft pick. Some of the reasons for various player selections can vary in urgency and need, but each draft pick was made for a crucial reason, even if it was just for some quality depth.
As we look deeper into this roster, let’s take a look at three key takeaways after the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft to see what George Paton was and is thinking.
Denver Broncos key takeaways after NFL Draft
1. Albert Okwuegbunam wasn’t enough
Once Noah Fant got shipped to Seattle as part of the Russell Wilson trade, many saw Albert Okwuegbunam as the new TE1 who could enjoy a breakout season this year.
That still very well may be the case, but the selection of Greg Dulcich early in the third round would indicate that the presence of Albert O as TE1 didn’t sit too well with George Paton.
Dulcich was a better prospect coming out of college than Okwuegbunam was, but Dulcich does have a bit to work on, especially as a blocker.
To me, I would not be surprised if Dulcich passes Albert O on the depth chart in a year or two.
Albert O was a pick made during the John Elway era, and Dulcich is from George Paton’s hometown and went to the same college as Paton (UCLA).
There were too many similarities for Paton to not pick Dulcich, and it gives the Broncos two threats in the passing game as tight ends.
However, the tight end room of Albert O, Eric Tomlinson, Andrew Beck, and Shaun Beyer clearly was not good enough for George Paton.
While many of us thought the room was all but set, Paton had other ideas.