UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich has made the decision to forgo his remaining eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
The redshirt junior was named as a Pac-12 Conference first-team selection on offense and was fifth in the conference for receiving yards per game (60.4). He was named as one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top tight end.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end has also displayed his athleticism this season, especially on national television with a 75-yard touchdown in the Bruins against LSU on Sept. 4.
Dulcich joined the Bruins as a walk-on in 2018 after playing for UCLA alumnus Jim Bonds and St. Francis High in La Cañada Flintridge.
Dulcich credits coach Derek Sage for helping the UCLA tight ends reach their potential since his arrival.
“Coach Sage does a really good job making sure we are complete tight ends,” Dulcich said in May. “We are always trying to be players that make big plays (blocking) in the run game and can be vertical threats that secondaries have to worry about.”
The tight end focused on improving his blocking ability as the Bruins’ offense featured running back Zach Charbonnet, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Dulcich, who on Wednesday was announced as a Senior Bowl invitee for the Feb. 5 showcase in Mobile, Alabama, will be UCLA’s third starting tight end under head coach Chip Kelly, who was hired ahead of the 2018 season, to pursue a career in the NFL.
“Thank you to coach Kelly and coach Sage for taking a chance on a walk-on and believing in me as a player and as a man,” Dulcich said in a statement Wednesday when announcing his decision on Instagram. “I would not be where I am today without you.”
The Bruins have had quality play from the position for several years, but Dulcich was the first under Kelly to start for more than one season before deciding to forgo his respective eligibility to declare for the draft.
Caleb Wilson (2016-18) and Devin Asiasi (2019) were among UCLA’s leading receivers during their final season before turning pro.
Dulcich began to garner attention in 2020 as a consensus All-Pac-12 honoree and ranked second in the nation among players at his position with an average of 19.88 yards per catch. He also ranked second in the nation among tight ends and sixth in the Pac-12 among all receivers with an average of 73.9 receiving yards per game.
Dulcich was the second-leading receiver for the Bruins this season with 725 yards, trailing receiver Kyle Philips’ 739 yards. Dulcich had five receiving touchdowns and averaged 17.26 yards per catch.
Philips declared for the draft Tuesday evening. UCLA is still awaiting a decision from fourth-year starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is Dulcich’s roommate.
The Bruins already addressed the need to fill depth at receiver and tight end during the early signing day period.
Four-star tight ends Jack Pedersen (Vista Murrieta) and Carsen Ryan (American Fork, Utah) signed with the Bruins and could see playing time as true freshmen following Dulcich’s departure.