2023 NFL Draft Prospects: Tight End



The top 2023 Tight End prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2023 prospect. ** - denotes 2026 prospect.

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2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Trey McBride, Colorado State
  • '21 - Kyle Pitts, Florida
  • '20 - Adam Trautman, Dayton
1. Notre Dame image Michael Mayer*, TE, Notre Dame
Height: 6-4. Weight: 251.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2
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9/10/22: Mayer made five catches for 32 yards taking on Ohio State.

6/24/22: Mayer caught 71 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. As a freshman, the 6-foot-4, 251-pounder stepped in for Cole Kmet, and the Fighting Irish didn't miss a beat in the transition. Mayer caught 42 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. He has a good skill set and upside to produce more over the next year or two.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Greg Dulcich, UCLA
  • '21 - Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
  • '20 - Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
2. Georgia image Arik Gilbert**, TE, Georgia
Height: 6-5. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3
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9/10/22: Gilbert didn't record any stats against Oregon.

6/24/22: In the scouting community, Gilbert has been known to be a freak athlete with a special skill set for years. He started out his collegiate career at LSU before a winding transfer that went through Florida and ended up at Georgia. Gilbert did not play in 2021 and 2020 was his only season of play thus far, with 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Gilbert has character concerns but is said to have a tremendous skill set. That physical talent has NFL advance scouts giving him an early-round projection entering the 2022 season.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Cade Otton, Washington
  • '21 - Tre' McKitty, Georgia
  • '20 - Thaddeus Moss, LSU
3. Oregon State image Luke Musgrave*, TE, Oregon State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3
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9/10/22: Musgrave opened 2022 with six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.

6/24/22: While Musgrave does not have huge production, advance scouts gave him an early-round projection heading into the 2022 season. Musgrave caught 22 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown in 2021. He has the skill set to produce more as a receiver in 2022. Musgrave is well-rounded with blocking ability.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
  • '21 - Brevin Jordan, Miami
  • '20 - Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
4. Utah image Brant Kuithe, TE, Utah
Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3
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9/10/22: Kuithe had an excellent start the season, noyching nine receptions for 105 yards and a a touchdown against Florida. The Gators had no answer for Kuithe, who displayed good route-running, quickness, dependable hands, and some yards-after-the-catch ability. Kuithe would be rated higher if he weren't undersized.

6/24/22: Kuithe has been a steady receiving tight end for the Utes over the past four seasons. He put together his best year in 2021, catching 50 passes for 511 yards and six touchdowns. Kuithe is a functional receiving tight end, but he is an undersized blocker for the NFL.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
  • '21 - Hunter Long, Boston College
  • '20 - Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
5. Michigan image Erik All, TE, Michigan
Height: 6-4. Weight: 251.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3
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9/10/22: All had one catch for 22 yards against Colorado State.

6/24/22: All showed some serious receiving ability in 2021 with 38 receptions for 437 yards and two touchdowns. He has enough size to block and comes from a pro-style offense. If All builds on his 2021 season, he could be a riser for the 2023 NFL Draft.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
  • '21 - Quintin Morris, Bowling Green
  • '20 - Hunter Bryant, Washington
6. Georgia image Darnell Washington*, TE, Georgia
Height: 6-7. Weight: 265.
Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4
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9/10/22: Washington had two receptions for 33 yardsfor Georgia against Oregon. He also blocked well.

6/24/22: Washington is part of an incredible tight end room that features two players with rare skill sets in Brock Bowers and Arik Gilbert. Washington would be the starting feature tight end at most schools, but he is stuck in a rotational role at Georgia. The massive Washington has blocking ability and can function as a receiver. In 2021, he totaled 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. He had seven receptions for 166 yards in 2020.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State
  • '21 - Kylen Granson, SMU
  • '20 - Colby Parkinson, Stanford
7. Cincinnati image Josh Whyle*, TE, Cincinnati
Height: 6-6. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4
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9/10/22: Whyle recorded five catches for 38 yards against Arkansas.

6/24/22: Whyle has been a steady receiver for the Bearcats over the past couple of seasons. Whyle recorded 28 catches for 353 yards and six touchdowns in 2020 and stayed consistent a year later with 26 receptions for 332 yards and six scores. Whyle could stand to get stronger for blocking in the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin
  • '21 - Tony Poljan, Virginia
  • '20 - Stephen Sullivan, LSU
8. Utah image Dalton Kincaid*, TE, Utah
Height: 6-3. Weight: 241.
Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4
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9/10/22: Kincaid opened 2022 with two catches for 29 yards.

6/24/22: Kincaid has shown receiving ability over three seasons for the Utes and forms a dangerous tight end tandem with Brant Kuithe. In 2021, Kincaid totaled 36 catches for 510 yards with eight touchdowns. He recorded just one catch in the Pac-12's five-game 2020 season. His best season was in 2019 with 44 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. Kincaid is a little undersized and could stand to get stronger.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Grant Calcaterra, SMU
  • '21 - Trae Barry, Jacksonville State
  • '20 - Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
9. Iowa image Sam LaPorta*, TE, Iowa
Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/10/22: LaPorta has two receptions for nine yards in 2022.

6/24/22: Iowa has produced a lot of quality tight ends for the NFL in under Kirk Ferentz, and that tradition will continue with LaPorta. He had 53 catches for 670 yards and three touchdowns in 2021 after notching 27 receptions for 271 yards and a score in the shortened 2020 season. LaPorta is a quality receiving threat who also blocks well for being undersized.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Cole Turner, Nevada
  • '21 - Nick Eubanks, Michigan
  • '20 - Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
10. Baylor image Ben Sims, TE, Baylor
Height: 6-4. Weight: 253.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/10/22: So far in 2022, Sims has five catches for 37 yards.

6/24/22: In 2021, Sims was a solid contributing receiver for the Bears, hauling in 31 receptions for 361 yards and six touchdowns. Sims has solid size, and continuing to develop as a blocker and receiver over his senior year would help him.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Nick Muse, South Carolina
  • '21 - Matt Bushman, BYU
  • '20 - Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
11. Texas image Jahleel Billinglsey, TE, Texas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/10/22: Billinglsey is suspended over something that happened at Alabama, according to Texas.

6/24/22: Billinglsey flashed receiving ability at Alabama over the past few seasons while splitting tight end reps with other players. While Billinglsey has talent, he was in the dog house at times, leading to some lost playing time. In 2021, Billingsley caught 17 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He had 18 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. Billingsley could rise with a strong season at Texas.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Noah Gindorff, North Dakota State
  • '21 - Josh Pederson, La.-Monroe
  • '20 - Sean McKeon, Michigan
12. Miami image Will Mallory, TE, Miami
Height: 6-5. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/10/22: Mallory made two catches for 21 yards in the season opener.

2/22/22: Mallory really flashed for Miami in 2020 despite being the No. 2 tight end behind Brevin Jordan. Mallory has quality size to him, and it showed in how he contributed as a blocker and receiver. He played well in 2021 despite Miami having some inconsistent play around him. Mallory could be a sleeper value for the 2023 NFL Draft.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State
  • '21 - John Bates, Boise State
  • '20 - Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati
13. Oklahoma image Austin Stogner, TE, Oklahoma
Height: 6-6. Weight: 251.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/10/22: Stogner notched one catch for seven yards in the opener.

6/24/22: Stogner is a big tight end who could be a potential Y tight end in the NFL. He notched 14 receptions for 166 yards and three touchdowns in 2021. In 2020, Stogner produced more with 26 catches for 422 yards and three touchdown.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Daniel Barker, Illinois
  • '20 - Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State
14. Wake Forest image Blake Whiteheart*, TE, Wake Forest
Height: 6-4. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/10/22: Whiteheart notched two receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown to open 2022.

6/24/22: Whiteheart flashed enough receiving ability at Wake Forest to make it onto NFL teams' preseason watch list for the 2023 NFL Draft. In 2021, he had 15 receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Whiteheart could rise if he builds on last season's performance as a junior and/or senior.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Matthew Wilkerson, Edward Waters
15. North Carolina image Kamari Morales*, TE, North Carolina
Height: 6-2. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/10/22: After two games, Morales has five receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.

6/24/22: Morales is short and lacks length, but he flashed receiving ability for the Tar Heels in 2021, snagging 24 passes for 220 yards and five touchdowns. He has upside to develop as he gains experience.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Devin Asiasi, UCLA
16. Minnesota image Brevyn Spann-Ford, TE, Minnesota
Height: 6-7. Weight: 270.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/10/22: Spann-Ford caught two receptions for 29 yards to open the season.

6/24/22: Spann-Ford flashed some receiving ability for the Gophers in 2021, hauling in 23 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown. Spann-Ford is a big tight end who could fit as a Y tight end in the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jacob Breeland, Oregon
17. Central Florida image Kemore Gamble, TE, Central Florida
Height: 6-4. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/10/22: Gamble took three receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown to open the 2022 season.

6/24/22: After the 2021 season, Gamble transferred to Central Florida. He has a thick build to block with some quickness, athleticism, and size to contribute as a receiver. Gamble is a sleeper who could be a nice value on the Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft, but some sources have character concerns around him.

Gamble did not play in the first two games of 2021, but after returning to the field, he was solid for the Florida Gators. Gamble closed out the regular season by flashing impressive speed and receiving ability versus Florida State. He could have had a much bigger year if the Florida offense had fielded a more consistent passing ability out of the quarterback.

Gamble would have been a starter at most schools, but he was stuck behind Kyle Pitts, who dominated college football over 2019 and 2020. Gamble flashed in a backup role in 2020 and has the potential to be a riser as a senior.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Mitchell Wilcox, South Florida
18. BYU image Dallin Holker, TE, BYU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 266.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/10/22: Holker made three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown against South Florida.

6/24/22: Holker caught 14 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in 2021, but in games and practice, he impressed enough to land on NFL teams' preseason watch list.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Charlie Woerner, Georgia
19. Michigan image Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
Height: 6-5. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/10/22: Schoonmaker had one catch for eight yards to open 2022.

6/24/22: Schoonmaker is part of a talented tight end tandem at Michigan, and he could fit as a Y tight end in the NFL. He caught 17 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns in 2021.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Cheyenne O'Grady, Arkansas
20. Purdue image Payne Durham, TE, Purdue
Height: 6-5. Weight: 255.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 5–7
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9/10/22: Durham recorded three catches for 43 yards against Penn State.

6/24/22: Durham contributed as a receiver for Purdue in 2021, hauling in 45 passes for 467 yards and six touchdowns. He caught seven touchdowns over the previous two seasons. Durham could fit as a Y tight end in the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jared Rice, Fresno State
21. Alabama image Cameron Latu*, TE, Alabama
Height: 6-5. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/10/22: Latu did not play in the 2022 season opener while dealing with a knee injury.

6/24/22: Latu flashed ability during his sophomore season, catching 26 passes for 410 yards and eight touchdowns. For the NFL, Latu has good size with quickness and athleticism. He has the potential to be a big producer in 2022.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Dom Wood-Anderson, Tennessee
22. Clemson image Davis Allen, TE, Clemson
Height: 6-6. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
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9/10/22: Allen had two catches for 45 yards against Georgia Tech.

6/24/22: Allen flashed some ability as a junior in 2021. Despite Clemson having struggles at quarterback, Allen caught 28 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. In 2020, he had 16 catches for 247 yards and four touchdowns. Allen has receiving and blocking potential for the next level.



23. UC Davis image McCallan Castles*, TE, UC Davis
Height: 6-5. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
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9/10/22: Castles recorded two catches for 27 yards in the season opener.

6/24/22: Castles broke out season for UC Davis in 2021, hauling in 27 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns. He could stand to get stronger for the NFL, but he showed enough talent to land on NFL teams' preseason watch list.



24. Washington image Devin Culp*, TE, Washington
Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
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9/10/22: Culp caught two passes for 13 yards versus Kent State.

6/24/22: Culp recorded 20 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown in 2021. He has the potential to improve as an upperclassman and should take on a bigger role as the replacement for Cade Otton.





2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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