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 decent size at 6-4 250, 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 though.

After Mayer, there is a little drop off in quality although not athleticism. The five-star recruit Arik Gilbert is a supreme athlete with elite speed for a 250-pound player and probably possesses the greatest upside of any player in this tight end class.

Sam LaPorta from Iowa is currently our third-ranked prospect 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, Georgia’s 'other tight end' Darnell Washington, 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
251lbs 6-4 4.65 1 14.4
90.9
Mayer fights his way off the line of scrimmage against press coverage, showing quick, violent hands and good balance. He’s at hi...
2

Arik
Gilbert

TE
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
248lbs 6-5 4.61 2 37.2
86.5
A savvy, reliable pass catcher with good body control and focus. Soft hands and has the hand-eye coordination to secure wild throw...
3

Sam
LaPorta

TE
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
249lbs 6-4 4.66 4 63.6
86.2
Looks to get involved downfield and will block multiple defenders on a single play when LaPorta can. Understands his role as a blo...
4

Cameron
Latu

TE
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
244lbs 6-5 4.62 7 81.3
84.8
Latu has strong hands and is extremely competitive, and Latu has an innate sense of timing when it comes to elevating and high-poi...
5

Jahleel
Billingsley

TE
Texas   Mascot
Texas Mascot
219lbs 6-4 4.55 8 96.3
83.5
Jahleel Billingsley's college career has been a massive disappointment. He was a player full of potential but was sidelined throug...
6

Jaheim
Bell

TE
South Carolina   Mascot
South Carolina Mascot
232lbs 6-3 4.54 3 58.5
82.2
An elusive and creative runner in space, Bell has the lateral agility and stop-start ability to make tacklers swing and miss. Bell...
7

Darnell
Washington

TE
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
265lbs 6-7 4.63 5 73
81.1
A powerful open-field runner with agility, quickness, and a decent stiff-arm. Knee-bend and technique are good and Washington sh...
8

Zack
Kuntz

TE
Old Dominion   Mascot
Old Dominion Mascot
245lbs 6-8 4.57 10 136.5
81.0
He’s equally dangerous in catch-and-run situations as Kuntz is taking the top off a defense Has good hand-eye coordination and bo...
9

Tucker
Kraft

TE
South Dakota State   Mascot
South Dakota State Mascot
255lbs 6-5 4.77 6 73.3
80.5
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...
10

Erick
All

TE
Michigan   Mascot
Michigan Mascot
245lbs 6-5 4.80 11 142.4
79.9
Shows good effort as a blocker and works hard to gain body positioning. All is a natural playmaker, at his best with the ball in ...
11

Benjamin
Yurosek

TE
Stanford   Mascot
Stanford Mascot
231lbs 6-4 4.65 16 211
79.1
Varies the speed of his route, using hesitation and shoulder fakes to get the defender guessing. He’s very good in contested-catc...
12

Dalton
Kincaid

TE
Utah   Mascot
Utah Mascot
240lbs 6-4 4.71 9 122.2
79.0
Kincaid plays with a smoothness and balance, and Kincaid shows a knack for setting up defensive backs. He has soft hands and uses...

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.