2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Michael Mayer





  • Michael Mayer, 6-4/251

  • Tight End

  • Notre Dame


  • Michael Mayer Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

    Strengths:
  • Pure football player
  • Excellent feel as a receiver
  • Knows how to separate
  • High points the ball well
  • Dangerous on contested catches
  • Red-zone weapon
  • Good hands
  • Reliable to make catches in traffic
  • Good height, weight
  • Willing to go across the middle
  • Effective as an underneath receiver
  • Dangerous run-after-the-catch ability
  • Presents a big target
  • Works the seam
  • Has the frame to be a blocker
  • Three-down starting potential




  • Weaknesses:
  • Does not have imposing size
  • Lacks elite speed
  • Decent, but not a great, athlete
  • Needs to improve as a blocker
  • Not overly physical in blocking
  • Could stand to show more desire as a blocker


  • Summary: The Fighting Irish had a nice run of tight end prospects for the NFL, and after losing Cole Kmet to the Chicago Bears, Mayer stepped onto the field and Notre Dame saw no drop off from Kmet. Mayer caught 42 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. As a sophomore, Mayer was even better, snatching 71 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. In his final season with the Fighting Irish, Mayer had 67 catches for 809 yards and nine touchdowns.

    Mayer is a dangerous receiving tight end who is a good athlete with quickness, size, and natural instincts as a pure football player. As a receiver, Mayer has the potential to be a dangerous tight end who contributes well to an NFL passing attack. He has a well-rounded set of tools as a receiver to beat defenses in a variety of ways. Mayer has mismatch size and is very adept at going up to make contested catches over defenders. Mayer high points the ball well, and he has strong hands to control the ball while getting hit.

    Mayer displays a nose for the end zone and should be an asset in the red zone, where he was very good at producing touchdowns in college. On top of good hands, Mayer has good feel as a route runner and knows how to separate. He gets open running down the seam, on crossing routes, and underneath. While Mayer does not have elite speed or athleticism, he is effective and is a pure football player.



    After the catch, Mayer shows some special ability. He has a second gear to accelerate downfield while using his size to push through contact to continue his run. Mayer had the nickname of ‘Baby Gronk’ at Notre Dame, and while he is not as good as Rob Gronkowski after the catch, Mayer is a dangerous yards-after-the-reception tight end.

    Mayer is solid as a blocker, but he has room for improvement for the NFL. He has the size to be effective, but he could stand to get stronger and improve his technique for helping to lock up NFL defensive ends. Pro coaching could help Mayer to get better with his technique, and early in his NFL career, Mayer could be a solid blocker who is a well-rounded three-down starter.

    In the 2023 NFL Draft, Mayer could go as high as the back half of the first round. He probably won’t go lower than Round 2 during the 2023 NFL Draft.



    Player Comparison: Mark Andrews. Mayer’s receiving ability reminds me of Andrews, who is one of the better receiving tight ends in the NFL.






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