With the 64th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Broncos select...
There were some difficulties spelling his name at first.
Nick Bonito. Nick Bonitto. Nic Bonitto.
PEOPLE! It’s N-i-k B-o-n-i-t-t-o.
Nick Bonitto is the Broncos’ pick. Denver gets the edge rusher from Oklahoma. https://t.co/Go0HAZiU7U— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 30, 2022
But we have a helpful hint for you...
Casa - Bonitto.— Doctor of Words (and tights) (@docllv) April 30, 2022
Yep, that works https://t.co/evH3op5yPN
And once Broncos Country became clear on the spelling, there was nothing foggy about the bendy edge rusher from Oklahoma.
Or what he could bring to Denver.
And that got some predicted welcomes from notable players - namely Russell Wilson.
Congrats and welcome, Nik!! Let’s go!! https://t.co/rKw7jHkpIz— Garett Bolles (@gbolles72) April 30, 2022
Nik Bonitto is the real deal. Like the pick!— Tyler Polumbus (@Tyler_Polumbus) April 30, 2022
Coach Hackett knows what’s up.
“This league is about quarterbacks and we have to get after them,” he said. “I’m excited to see [Bonitto] out there and see that speed!”
And the analysts were high on the choice as well.
According to @PFF, new Broncos OLB Nik Bonitto had the highest pass rush win rate in the country in 2020.— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) April 30, 2022
Nik Bonitto 10-yard split: 1.53— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) April 30, 2022
Von Miller: 1.62
Guy is quick off the ball
Nik Bonitto is 6-3, 248 and runs a 4.54.— RK (@RyanKoenigsberg) April 30, 2022
All in on athletic freaks.
Bonitto is an ELITE pass rusher. Watch his tape the past two seasons at Oklahoma and he pops. Really quick around the edge.— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) April 30, 2022
LOVE THIS PICK! Bonitto loves to dip and rip. great instincts for the position. heart. hustle, gets after the QB early and often. PRWR no.1 in FBS last season. #Broncos get a home run @1043TheFan https://t.co/CxYa7n6jsN— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) April 30, 2022
The Denver Broncos pick Oklahoma Edge Nik Bonitto at No. 64 overall.— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2022
25.2% career pass rush win rate (2nd highest among all Power Five Edges) pic.twitter.com/Sawtb7zFlk
Nik Bonitto was a Top 5 edge for me.— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 30, 2022
Great in space defender and a natural pass rusher with a quick first step and great bend. Gives him Micah Parsons lite versatility.
Can’t wait to see him on that front with Bradley Chubb & Randy Gregory. Great pick @Broncos
Broncos get EDGE rusher Nick Bonitto at pick #64, which they got from the Von Miller Trade & Elvis Dumervil called the selection.— ThatsGoodSports (@BrandonPerna) April 30, 2022
And for his part, Bonitto already did the most important thing he could do before stepping on the field...invoked the name of Broncos Country’s favorite former pass-rusher.
Nik Bonitto says that among the NFL players he’s looked up to are Von Miller and Shaq Barrett.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 30, 2022
With the 80th pick, Broncos select...
The Broncos traded back five spots from their No. 75 pick for their first of two third-round picks and came away with UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich - one of the best tight ends in the draft for many analysts.
George Paton, a UCLA alum, called Dulcich a “multidimensional player who can do it all.”
While Dulcich will bring a similar skillset as Albert Okwuegbunam’s, he’s got more size and athleticism and will be a weapon for Wilson.
Also, no one else will be bringing this hair.
And just like Bonitto, Dulcich had the right words following his pick to the Broncos.
The soon-to-be-rookie is already talking ‘ships.
Greg Dulcich on working with Russell Wilson: “God, we’re going to win some Super Bowl”— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) April 30, 2022
It’s not surprising for fans to get behind all the picks - especially after watching George Paton master the 2021 Draft as well as 2022 free agency, but when Colin Cowherd is gushing over the Broncos, it’s either obvious how good these picks are...or clear that Cowherd got confused on which team he was complimenting.
Either way, I like agreeing with him here.