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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Greg Dulcich artlessly attracts eyeballs on the convenance field.
The Broncos amateur bound end fabricated his aboriginal football actualization over the weekend for Denver’s two-day amateur minicamp and afflicted – at atomic as abundant as you can in a no-pads ambiance area the card consists of alone the NFL’s actual basics – with the way he ran, moved, accelerated artlessly afterwards the catch, yadda, yadda, yadda.
C’mon. What’s the absolute draw?
“Have you apparent his hair? I mean, wow,” first-year arch drillmaster Nathaniel Hackett marveled afterwards the aboriginal day. “Just watching him out here, it’s abounding in the wind.”
This, apperception you, is not the aboriginal time Denver’s baldheaded amateur arch drillmaster has complimented the acutely not-bald newcomer’s cascading, coiled flow. In a video produced by the aggregation assuming Dulcich accession at the aggregation adeptness afterwards the Broncos fabricated him the No. 80 all-embracing alternative and the third bound end best in aftermost month’s draft, Dulcich absolved into a allowance and Hackett bound belted him in a hug, shouting, “Oh, my God, attending at that hair. Oh, my God. It’s so admirable – one of the primary affidavit why you’re here.”
During a Friday post-practice account conference, the above UCLA standout said of the mane, “It’s blockage forever. You can adduce that,” and he’s befitting the mustache, too.
Noted. And can you explain the mid-thigh shorts?
“They’re alleged shorts for a reason, right?” Dulcich said.
Good abundant for his abhorrent coordinator.
“The shorts are really, absolutely nice on him,” Justin Outten said Saturday. “I told them he needs to get them tailored and maybe move the logo.”
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Denver Broncos bound end Greg Dulcich (80) during minicamp drills at UCHealth Training Center.
The hair, the ’stache, the abbreviate shorts and continued socks additional Dulcich’s accidental adjournment of the altitude’s appulse – “If you’re a pro amateur and you’re in shape, it’s not too abundant of a adversity to overcome” – and his advertence to teammates as “cool dudes” all advance a right-off-the-bat abundance akin that belies the absoluteness sitting appropriate in advanced of him: The Broncos aloof adeptness ask a lot of him appropriate away. In fact, aloof as anon as Dulcich’s coaches accomplishment belief in on his adorable locks, their accent gathers some immediacy.
“He looks like a bound end in the NFL. That’s the aboriginal impression,” Outten said.
“He can absolutely run. He’s in abundant shape, you can see that,” Hackett added. “Even actuality over actuality with some of the blocking drills, you can see that he’s absolutely a accommodating blocker. So I anticipate it’s affectionate of that advantageous guy.
“I anticipate that’s commodity that’s activity to be actual admired for us.”
Opportunity abounds afterwards the Broncos included amateur Noah Fant in the amalgamation it traded to Seattle for quarterback Russell Wilson in aboriginal March. Now Dulcich all-overs into the chase with third-year man Albert Okwuegbunam as the primary antagonism and a accumulation that additionally includes abiding run-blocking veterans Eric Tomlinson and Eric Saubert, fullback/tight end Andrew Beck and a brace of undrafted chargeless agents.
Dulcich fabricated his name primarily as a big-play blackmail at UCLA, averaging about 20 yards per accession in 2020 and abetment it up with 42 catches for 725 yards and bristles touchdowns aftermost fall. Outten alleged his feel for avenue active one of his strengths, and the agents has little agnosticism about his adeptness to amplitude the acreage vertically. If Dulcich is activity to accomplish a move against all-encompassing arena time as a amateur in the NFL, he’ll accept to prove that he can authority his own in the run game.
“The alertness is there. The all-embracing academy mindset of actuality an accomplishment guy,” Outten said of the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder who spent his aboriginal two years at UCLA as a walk-on afore earning a scholarship advanced of the 2020 season. “The address has to come, and he’s activity to get there appealing shortly.”
The agenda provides abundant caveats on its own – Dulcich is through amateur minicamp but has yet to assignment an organized convenance with veterans – but Denver is additionally installing a new breach beneath a new arch drillmaster with a new quarterback. Sketching out a abeyant role or how absolutely the agents envisions application Dulcich, Okwuegbunam and the blow of the bound ends is difficult at this point.
Some of it, certainly, will depend on what Wilson wants to do as the abhorrent plan comes together.
In Wilson’s 10 years with Seattle, Jimmy Graham’s three-season amplitude from 2015-17 was the best advantageous for a bound end. He accomplished anniversary of those campaigns additional on the aggregation in targets to Doug Baldwin and accomplished anniversary amid 5.9 and 6.7 per game. Other than that, Wilson has had a rotating, not ever accomplished casting that has included Gerald Everett, Zach Miller, Jacob Hollister, Will Dissly and others.
Hackett, meanwhile, spent the accomplished three years in Green Bay as Matt LeFleur’s abhorrent coordinator, and the aggregation put bound ends on the acreage extensively. According to Sharp Football data, the Packers acclimated “12” cadre 29% of the time aftermost year, second-most in the NFL. Even with a college acceptance rate, though, Aaron Rodgers and Co. absolutely targeted bound ends beneath frequently than Wilson and Seattle as a allotment of canyon attempts in anniversary of the accomplished three years.
Denver at abounding bloom is activity to accept options offensively, from a accepting band that third-year man K.J. Hamler said aftermost anniversary feels like it has a lot to prove to a backfield featuring a almighty brace in Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon.
Where the bound ends accumulation fits into that mix will advance over the advancing weeks, but Hackett told Dulcich on the buzz back he was drafted that Wilson is planning on application him frequently.
“You’re activity to adulation it,” Hackett said, according to video the aggregation released. “This quarterback, all he’s been cogent me is how he wants to accumulate throwing to the bound ends over and over again, so you bigger get your apperception right, man.”
Does Dulcich end up the starter? The No. 2? In a timeshare with the accomplished Okwuegbunam? Time will tell, but the Broncos acutely already anticipate he’s got added than a acceptable arch of beard on (and extending able-bodied past) his shoulders.
“Greg has done an accomplished job out actuality acquirements the baby bulk of bold plan that was presented to him,” Outten said. “He’s done a absolutely acceptable job with it. He’s on his details. The able-bodied adeptness that we saw on video is accustomed over to the field. The acclimation afterwards this is activity to be what we charge to appraise affective forward. Obviously with a bigger playbook and added responsibility, and aloof affectionate of handling—like aggregate abroad with a amateur coming, you accept a lot added time on your easily and how you handle that – but he’s been a absolutely acceptable pro so far with everything.”
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This commodity originally appeared on USA TODAY: Denver Broncos amateur Greg Dulcich turns active with aboriginal impression