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Albert Okwuegbunam - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsAlbert Okwuegbunam's Basic Stats

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ADP: 13.5
Bye: 9
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 24.2
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 258
40 Time: 4.49
Speed Score: 129.60

Albert Okwuegbunam's 2022 Projections & Outlook

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#23 Tight End

85.1 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
13.5 50.8 568.6 4.8 0.8 0.3

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Basic StatsAlbert Okwuegbunam's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Okwuegbunam was a 4th-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
  • He posted an impressive 29-415-11 line as a freshman at Missouri in 2017 but never really took a step forward from there. He went 43-466-6 in 2018 and 26-306-6 in 2019.
  • The 6’5, 258-pounder blazed a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. His 127.0 Speed Score is a top-5 mark among all TEs at the Combine since 2000.
  • Okwuegbunam appeared in 4 games as a rookie before suffering a season-ending torn right ACL in Week 9.
  • He played in 14 of 17 games last year, missing Weeks 5-7 with a hamstring injury.
  • Okwuegbunam, playing behind Noah Fant for most of the season, finished with 33 catches on 40 targets for 330 yards and 2 TDs.
  • In a Week 9 start in place of Fant (COVID), Okwuegbunam caught 4 of 5 targets for 25 scoreless yards.
  • He fared well in some key efficiency metrics last year:
    • His 8.25 yards per target ranked 11th among 35 TEs with 40+ targets.
    • He ranked 6th among those 35 TEs in yards per route run.
    • His 72.5 Pro Football Focus receiving grade was good for 11th among those 35 TEs.
    • He ranked 28th among 55 qualifiers in Football Outsiders’ DVOA.
  • The Broncos shipped Fant to Seattle in the Russell Wilson trade.
  • They drafted UCLA TE Greg Dulcich in Round 3 of this spring’s draft. The 6’4, 243-pounder is a catch-first TEs who racked up 68 catches, 1,242 yards and 10 TDs playing under HC Chip Kelly the past 2 seasons.
  • Multiple Broncos beat writers expect it to be an open competition between Okwuegbunam and Dulcich for snaps and targets this summer.
  • Wilson will be a big QB upgrade over last year’s tandem of Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. Wilson struggled after suffering a right finger injury last October but was excellent before that and had shown no signs of decline the previous few seasons.
  • Okwuegbunam will play under a new coaching staff this offseason after the Broncos named Nathaniel Hackett their HC.
    • It’s Hackett’s first crack at a HC gig. He has 8 years of NFL OC experience: 2013-2014 with the Bills, 2016-2018 with the Jaguars and 2019-2021 with the Packers.
    • Hackett’s Bills and Jaguars offenses – piloted by E.J. Manuel, Kyle Orton and Blake Bortles – were run leaning. But Hackett went pass heavier when he hooked up with Aaron Rodgers. The Packers ranked 7th, 9th and 11th in situation-neutral pass rate the last 3 seasons.
  • With Wilson and Hackett in town, we’re projecting the Broncos to pass at a tangibly higher clip than they did last season.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Okwuegbunam was an intriguing prospect coming out of Missouri after a big freshman season and freaky display of size and speed at the Combine. He’s also flashed through 2 NFL seasons, posting strong efficiency marks last year.

Denver’s starting TE job is now wide open after Noah Fant was dealt to Seattle. But the team spent a 3rd-round pick on Greg Dulcich, who will reportedly compete with Okwuegbunam this summer.

That competition will be worth watching closely, with the winner having a shot at TE1 production with QB Russell Wilson now leading the offense.

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Greg Dulcich, TE DEN

7:20am EDT 5/20/22

Rookie to start?

Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post says he has "flipped" to believing rookie TE Greg Dulcich will be ahead of Albert Okwuegbunam on the depth chart come Week 1. O'Halloran adds that "both players will have significant roles" but that praise from Broncos coaches since the draft factors into his expectation. This, of course, is just 1 beat writer's early opinion, well ahead of Dulcich's 1st training camp with the team. We're not altering fantasy outlooks at this point, but this is just 1 of multiple indications that a role competition is coming this summer.

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The Athletic's Nick Kosmider wonders whether Albert Okwuegbunam or Greg Dulcich will lead Broncos TEs in targets this season. "That battle will be one of the more interesting subplots in training camp," Kosmider writes. Okwuegbunam has flashed in spurts over the last 2 seasons. But Denver spent a 3rd-round pick on Dulcich, who was actually picked 38 spots higher than Okwuegbunam. Our early money is on Albert O leading this group in 2022 simply because it usually takes TEs at least a year to produce in the pros. But this will certainly be a situation to watch this summer.

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The Broncos selected TE Greg Dulcich in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. An athletic, catch-first TE, Dulcich showed good post-catch ability while running routes at all levels of the field. The former walk-on combined for 68-1,242-10 over the past 2 seasons while playing under HC Chip Kelly. While a plus athlete, Dulcich is a bit undersized at 6’4, 243 pounds. In Denver, he'll immediately compete for snaps behind Albert Okwuegbunam.

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New Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett said Monday morning (during NFL meetings) that he's "very excited" to get the ball in the hands of TE Albert Okwuegbunam. He said the plan is to use Okwuegbunam as a "move" TE, calling him "more of a receiver right now" who will train further as a blocker. Okwuegbunam lingered until the 4th round of the 2020 draft, but his profile points to a player with much more talent. The 6'6, 258-pounder ran a 4.49-second 40 ahead of the draft, giving him a 100th-percentile speed score for the position. The arrival of QB Russell Wilson and departure of TE Noah Fant (in the same trade) presents tremendous opportunity in 2022. Okwuegbunam sits 16th at TE in our current PPR rankings but presents upside into TE1 territory.

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Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy was placed on the COVID list on Friday, making him a long shot to play vs. the Chargers on Sunday. WR Tim Patrick is also on the COVID list, so Denver will likely be down to WRs Courtland Sutton, Kendall Hinton and Diontae Spencer. Sutton and TEs Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam should get target boosts this weekend, but it's still tough to get excited about any of them with QB Drew Lock.

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Albert Okwuegbunam, TE DEN
Dynasty MVP 74.2
Position Rank #19 TE
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Albert O has a chance to claim a big role following the trade of Noah Fant. But Denver added TE Greg Dulcich in Round 3 of this spring's draft, so that'll be a battle to watch this summer. Russell Wilson's arrival adds upside to the situation.
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