2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Luke Musgrave

  • Luke Musgrave, 6-6/250

  • Tight End

  • Oregon State

  • Luke Musgrave Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Excellent athlete
  • Mismatch weapon
  • Speed for a tight end
  • Too fast for linebackers and some safeties
  • Too big for safeties to cover
  • Ideal frame
  • Leaping ability
  • Red-zone weapon
  • Reliable hands
  • Soft hands
  • Fast down the seam
  • Dangerous run-after-the-catch skills
  • Breaks tackles downfield; gets yards after contact
  • Tough to take to the ground
  • Three-down-starter talent
  • Athletic upside

  • Weaknesses:
  • Durability
  • Raw
  • Lacks feel as a route-runner
  • Terrible blocker
  • Must improve his blocking to be a three-down starter

  • Summary: Despite a lack of production, there has been a lot of buzz about Musgrave in the scouting community. He only played in two games during 2022, turning 11 catches into 169 yards and a touchdown. He missed the rest of the season due to injury, but came back to play well at the Senior Bowl. Musgrave put together his most productive season in 2021 with 22 receptions for 304 yards and a touchdown. He recorded 12 receptions for 142 yards during the 2020 COVID-19- shortened season,.

    Musgrave has the potential to be a three-down starter at the next level. He is a good athlete who presents serious mismatch problems for a defense and is really fast. Musgrave possesses big size and leaping ability to make catches even when he is covered by a defensive back. He also displays serious speed to separate, and that can leave linebackers incapable of running with him. Safeties also can struggle to keep up with Musgrave’s speed and prevent him from getting open. Aided by his fleetness and frame, Musgrave is dynamic receiving threat for a tight end.

    Musgrave has reliable hands and is dangerous after the catch. He runs through tackles and picks up yards after contact downfield. However, he does demonstrate have great feel as a route-runner, and that is something he must improve for the NFL.

    As a blocker, Musgrave has the size and strength to contribute, but his blocking at the moment needs work. Pro team sources have even called his blocking awful, but if he puts more desire into his blocking, that apsect could improve with NFL coaching. In order to become a solid three-down starter, Musgrave is going to have to improve his blocking. If he does not get significantly better, he will be relegated to being a backup receiving tight end.

    Sources from a few teams have heaped praise on Musgrave. He has an outside shot of going in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, and he probably won’t slip out of Round 2.

    Player Comparison: Mike Gesicki. Team sources have compared Musgrave to Gesicki. Entering the NFL, Gesicki was also big, fast and athletic, but a terrible blocker. Musgrave could end up being a similar pro to Gesicki.


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