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UCLA TE Greg Dulcich (Broncos), CV Sean Rhyan (Packers) draft in round 3

13 May 2022 | 08:49

Two former UCLA players were selected in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night, with tight ends Greg Dulcich going to the Denver Broncos in pick 80 and offensive lineman Sean Rhyan going to Green Bay. Packers at number 92.

Dulcich, who entered UCLA as a walk, was the third tight finish selected in the draft. He will have immediate playtime in Denver, with the Broncos trading off a tight finish with Noah Fant this season.

“You won’t believe it,” Dulcich told KOA after being selected. “We are jumping off the walls here. We’re excited to get out there and get to work. “

Dulcich, who was an All-Pac-12 in the first division last season, made 42 tackles last season at 725 yards, and his 17.3 yard/catch average ranks. second nationally among the tight finish.

The Glendale native didn’t get to play much at UCLA until his third year, when he was awarded a scholarship and became one of Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s top admissions targets.

Now, he’s about to catch passes from new Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson.

“To have someone like that be my leader and a guy I’m going to be chasing, there’s a lot to learn from him,” Dulcich said on KOA. “I can’t wait to go out there and pitch with him.”

Dulcich was 25 points behind Trey McBride (Arizona Cardinals) of Colorado State and 7 places behind Jelani Woods of Virginia (Indianapolis Colts).

Dulcich led UCLA with 517 yards of receiving and five touchdowns during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, winning the All-Pac-12 title for the second team, using the 40-pound weight and muscle he added. fig. Dulcich excelled for yards on catches and innings, a skill set encapsulated by a 75-yard catch and run against LSU last fall.

The Broncos appreciate Dulcich’s journey as a walk.

“You have to have a work ethic,” Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett told Broncos.com. “You have to be able to compete with that. You have to have an ‘unstoppable me’ mentality when you first learn to walk, and you can put on that extra weight. To be a nice end to that conference, it just shows what kind of person he is. So we’re happy to have him. ”

Rhyan is as steadfast as the offensive linemen can come during his time at UCLA, and he will bring that tenacity to the Packers. Rhyan told reporters he spoke with Green Bay a little before the manuscript and knew they were interested.

“Heared my name, got a call from them and got that phone call,” Rhyan said. “I am extremely lucky. I’m excited to be a Packer. ”

Rhyan has started every game in his three-year UCLA career, winning the All-Pac-12 title in the first team last season and helping the Bruins average more than 200 yards per game in consecutive seasons for the first time in years. 1987.

In his three seasons, Rhyan cleared the way for two backruns, who scored seasons of rushing 1,000 yards with freshman Joshua Kelly and his junior Zach Charbonnet.

He allowed only two sacks during his college career, which included 1,160 tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, that is tied to the least percentage of attacking players with a minimum of 1,000 saves between 2019 and 2021, according to Pro Football Focus.

Rhyan, a native of Ladera Hills, was also a track and field star at San Juan Hills High, where he set school records in pitch and discus throws.

The draft experts describe Rhyan as a moving top laner good at defending the pass and an aggressive saver in the running game.