Denver Broncos 5 takeaways from Paton, Hackett pre-camp press conference
5. George Paton very impressed by the team’s top two draft picks
The Denver Broncos didn’t have a first-round pick in 2022, but that doesn’t mean the rookie class is just going to sit on the sidelines all year.
Top pick Nik Bonitto is expected to provide some pop off the edge when called upon and tight end Greg Dulcich, who was taken a handful of picks later, is expected to compete for the team’s TE1 job.
Bonitto is poised to get a pretty great opportunity here at the start of training camp.
With Randy Gregory still getting his surgically repaired shoulder back to full strength, Bonitto and other players like Baron Browning should get a healthy amount of reps with the top defense to prove that they belong.
Although we don’t know exactly what the preseason reps are going to look like and how they will be divided among the players, we can expect to see a lot of Bonitto there as well.
What about Dulcich? He was off to a roaring start at OTAs before an injury sidelined him later on.
We didn’t know much about the injury but Paton revealed it to be a hamstring issue.
At this point, Dulcich hasn’t been announced as a PUP addition before camp so perhaps he will be a full participant to open training camp, or maybe limited.
Interestingly enough, Dulcich was not one of the many offensive skill players in San Diego to work out at Russell Wilson’s compound, so his availability might be limited to start things off unless the team was just being overly cautious with him.
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One thing is certain — these top two picks should be expected to make a big impact this season.