George Paton Drafting Greg Dulcich
The final move that I wanted to celebrate for George Paton came down to three moves. The first was the hiring of Ejiro Evero. The second was the selection of Baron Browning and the subsequent move to edge where he looks like a future star if he can stay healthy, and the third was the selection of Greg Dulcich.
The hiring of Ejiro Evero was as much (if not more) Nathaniel Hackett’s doing than Paton’s given the two’s history as college teammates. The Browning selection was definitely on George Paton but we’re not exactly sure who made the decision to move him to edge. The Greg Dulcich selection, however, falls squarely on Paton.
After trading away former first-round pick Noah Fant to the Seahawks in the deal that brought Russell Wilson, many thought Albert Okwuegbunam was going to be the guy for the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite pan out, and although it took a good chunk of the season, we are starting to see rookie tight end Greg Dulcich shine and cement himself as the Denver Broncos tight end of the future for years to come.
In just seven games, Dulcich has amassed 25 catches for 319 yards and 1 touchdown. Extrapolated out over a 17-game season, that would be 61 catches for 775 yards and 2 touchdowns. In looking at a 12-game output (to compare apples to apples to other tight ends), this would be 43 catches, 547 yards, and 2 touchdowns which would rank 10th, 4th, and 13th respectively.
When factoring in how bad this offense has been, that’s incredibly impressive. And that is why drafting Greg Dulcich is one of the top three moves by George Paton as the General Manager of the Denver Broncos.