Now that the NFL draft and UDFA signings have wrapped up, it’s onto minicamp and OTAs for the rookies. The Bruins led the Pac-12 in draft selections with 6, their most since 2016. Headlined by Greg Dulcich and Sean Rhyan, this was one of the better draft classes in recent memory. Let’s breakdown each draft pick, and how much playing time the Bruin rookies could see their first year.
Greg Dulcich- TE, Denver Broncos
Greg Dulcich was one of the Bruins’ best receiving options last year and now gets to catch passes from Russell Wilson. Dulcich was used more as a receiver rather than a blocker, so I think he’ll fit great into Nathaniel Hackett’s offense. Rookie tight ends don’t normally enter the league as stars, but I think he’s got a good chance to have a season similar to Pat Freiermuth last year. If he can surpass Albert Okwuegbunam on the depth chart, he has the chance to be the next star receiving tight end.
Sean Rhyan- Green Bay Packers
The Packers took Rhyan to potentially start on the offensive line next year. Rhyan was solid at UCLA and could earn a spot on the rotation next season. Royce Newman is currently listed as ahead of him on the depth chart, but I think that’s definitely a training camp battle waiting to happen. From protecting DTR to Aaron Rodgers, Rhyan has come a long way.
Otito Ogbonnia- Los Angeles Chargers
Ogbonnia stays in LA and joins one of the most improved defenses this year. In my scouting report here I compared him to Fletcher Cox, and that’s just what the Chargers needed. Many mocked Jordan Davis to them in the first round and Ogbonnia is the next best thing for less capital. He’s got the chance to compete for the nose tackle spot in camp and should see significant snaps next year due to the rotational front.
Kyle Phillips- Tennessee Titans
Yet another Bruin that could end up starting, Phillips has one of the best chances. With a Titans WR room lacking experience outside of Robert Woods, Phillips could step in as a reliable target for Tannehill. Even though Tennessee is a run first offense, I think they’ll be able to take advantage of his skill set, as it’s pretty similar to Woods’. I’d expect him to get some work in rotation to start off the year with the possibility to be WR2 in that offense.
Quentin Lake- Los Angeles Rams
Continuing the trend of rookie safeties in LA, Lake won’t have to go far to play for his new team. The Rams added a lot to the secondary in the draft including trading for Troy Hill. Lake is a versatile defender that should fit well into LA’s DB heavy defensive scheme. The NFL is a passing league nowadays and it helps to have guys that excel at tackling, Lake being one of those. I can see him getting special teams work to start the year with the chance to be rotated in on certain packages.
Brittain Brown- Las Vegas Raiders
Closing out the Bruins draft class we have Brittain Brown, their power back last year. Brown joins a Raiders team that added a plethora of backs this past offseason with a mix of vets and rookies. Brown was a complimentary back at UCLA behind Zach Charbonnet and that’s likely the role he’ll play here as well. Josh McDaniels does run a very smash-mouth run first offense, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees some action next year. For the future, Josh Jacobs’ fifth year option was declined, so Brown may be in Vegas longer because of that.