Tight End Rankings 2023 NFL Draft

TIGHT END RANKINGS 2023 NFL DRAFT

The 2022 NFL Draft was hardly a bountiful year for the tight end position, especially when compared to the 2021 class. 2023, fortunately, looks closer to 2021 thanks to Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer who looks at least in the 2022 pre-season, an almost slam dunk first-round prospect.

Mayer led the Irish in receptions the two previous years – a feat rarely achieved by a tight end. He’s got good speed – probably in the mid 4.6’s, has impressive size at 6-4 265, very soft hands, and catches pretty much everything thrown his way. He doesn’t quite have the athletic ceiling of a Kyle Pitts which probably will limit his draft stock to the mid to late first round.

After Mayer, there is a little drop off in quality although not athleticism. Darnell Washington from Georgia is huge and has the power to dominate - currently, he's more potential than production however but still likely a high day-two pick.

Sam LaPorta from Iowa is currently one of our safest prospects and he’s very much a traditional tight end with technique in spades but unexceptional overall athleticism.

The group is rounded out with a few players who probably will be picked somewhere in the third round in the form of Cameron Latu from Alabama, and Jahleel Billingsley from Texas.

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Player Rankings - Tight End

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Michael
Mayer

TE
Notre Dame   Mascot
Notre Dame Mascot
265lbs 6-4 4.65 2 13.2
89.9
Mayer is a good athlete, with quickness, size, and natural instincts who is also hard to bring down in open space and is an elite ...
2

Dalton
Kincaid

TE
Utah   Mascot
Utah Mascot
240lbs 6-4 4.71 4 42.1
87.5
Kincaid plays with a smoothness and balance, and Kincaid shows a knack for setting up defensive backs. He has soft hands and uses...
3

Darnell
Washington

TE
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
270lbs 6-7 4.63 3 40.4
86.8
A powerful open-field runner with agility, quickness, and a decent stiff-arm. Knee-bend and technique are good and Washington sh...
4

Luke
Musgrave

TE
Oregon State   Mascot
Oregon State Mascot
250lbs 6-6 4.51 6 57.5
85.0
He’s a fluid athlete with excellent short-area quickness; Musgrave should be able to create separation, and he has the straight-li...
5

Sam
LaPorta

TE
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
249lbs 6-4 4.66 7 79.1
84.1
Sam LaPorta while having a long way to go as a blocker is an effective first down converter. He will flourish in an air raid off...
6

Cameron
Latu

LB
/ED
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
244lbs 6-5 4.62 12 125.2
82.5
Latu has strong hands and is extremely competitive, and Latu has an innate sense of timing when it comes to elevating and high-poi...
7

Tucker
Kraft

TE
South Dakota State   Mascot
South Dakota State Mascot
255lbs 6-5 4.77 8 84.8
82.0
Kraft has soft hands and uses his frame effectively to shield defenders, making him a major threat in the red zone. He can also tu...
8

Jahleel
Billingsley

TE
Texas   Mascot
Texas Mascot
217lbs 6-4 4.55 21 214.3
81.5
Jahleel Billingsley's college career has been a massive disappointment. He was a player full of potential but was sidelined throug...
9

Noah
Gindorff

TE
North Dakota State   Mascot
North Dakota State Mascot
268lbs 6-6 4.71 22 239.7
81.2
A fluid mover capable of creating some separation over the middle of the field, Gindorff has the long arms and soft hands to provi...
10

Will
Mallory

TE
Miami   Mascot
Miami Mascot
245lbs 6-5 4.59 17 196.4
78.8
Mallory can move the chains and has the skills to stand out in the red zone with sneaky foot speed and long stride to top producin...
11

Zack
Kuntz

TE
Old Dominion   Mascot
Old Dominion Mascot
251lbs 6-8 4.57 20 208.8
78.7
He’s equally dangerous in catch-and-run situations as Kuntz is taking the top off a defense Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List -...
12

Kemore
Gamble

TE
UCF   Mascot
UCF Mascot
244lbs 6-4 4.55 30 332
77.8
A lean athlete with obvious upside. Soft hands. Flashes the ability to make the outstanding catch. A major factor is his size, st...

2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Tight End

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Tight End

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

Check back after the combine as these numbers are likely to change.