2023 TE Draft Class: Michael Mayer, Darnell Washington Among Top Options

Led by top prospects such as Michael Mayer and Darnell Washington, the 2023 NFL Draft TE class has a chance to be one of the strongest groups in recent memory.

The top names in the 2023 NFL Draft tight end class are very well known. But the class has much more to offer beyond the most prestigious prospects. Here’s a full accounting of the tight ends available to be selected in the 2023 NFL Draft. It’s a strong group at the top, but it also features notable depth.

2023 TE Draft Class

These are the tight ends for the 2023 NFL Draft, listed by last name in alphabetical order:

  • Davis Allen, Clemson
  • Kemari Averett, Bethune-Cookman
  • Daniel Barker, Michigan State
  • Tyler Barnes, North Carolina Central
  • Jahleel Billingsley, Texas
  • Ben Bresnahan, Vanderbilt
  • Tyce Daniel, Southern Illinois
  • Payne Durham, Purdue
  • Michael Ezeike, UCLA
  • Josh Falo, USC
  • Princeton Fant, Tennessee
  • Luke Ford, Illinois
  • Marshon Ford, Louisville
  • Kemore Gamble, UCF
  • Jacob Garrett, Southern Illinois
  • Noah Gindorff, North Dakota State
  • Austin Goehring, South Dakota
  • Thomas Greaney, Albany
  • Griffin Hebert, Louisiana Tech
  • Julian Hill, Campbell
  • Joel Honigford, Michigan
  • Tyler Hunt, Michigan State
  • Jerome Jackson, Liberty
  • E.J. Jenkins, Georgia Tech
  • Dalton Kincaid, Utah
  • Tucker Kraft, South Dakota State
  • Zack Kuntz, Old Dominion
  • Sam LaPorta, Iowa
  • Cameron Latu, Alabama
  • Johnny Lumpkin, Louisiana
  • Will Mallory, Miami (FL)
  • Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
  • Camren McDonald, Florida State
  • Jordan Murray, Hawaii
  • Luke Musgrave, Oregon State
  • Kyle Patterson, Air Force
  • Lachlan Pitts, William & Mary
  • Wyatt Rector, Florida State
  • Tyler Roberts, Merrimack
  • Brady Russell, Colorado
  • Luke Schoonmaker, Michigan
  • John Samuel Shenker, Auburn
  • Ben Sims, Baylor
  • Christian Sims, Bowling Green
  • Hunter Swoboda, Ouachita Baptist
  • Tanner Taula, Illinois State
  • Leonard Taylor, Cincinnati
  • Christian Trahan, Houston
  • Jamal Turner, Toledo
  • Jay Vallie, Eastern Illinois
  • Travis Vokolek, Nebraska
  • Caleb Warren, Rhode Island
  • Darnell Washington, Georgia
  • Blake Whiteheart, Wake Forest
  • Josh Whyle, Cincinnati
  • Joel Wilson, Central Michigan
  • Myles Wright, Morgan State

Who Are the Top Tight Ends in the 2023 NFL Draft?

There’s a fairly strong consensus group of top five tight ends in the 2023 NFL Draft. While the order varies from analyst to analyst, it’s widely accepted that Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer, Utah’s Dalton Kincaid, Georgia’s Darnell Washington, Oregon State’s Luke Musgrave, and South Dakota State’s Tucker Kraft are the cream of the crop.

Those five have the best chance to go within the early rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft. And all five should have a chance to make an early impact in the NFL. The value of the 2023 TE group extends far beyond that, however.

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For all 32 NFL teams, there should be opportunities to buy low on quality talent at TE in the middle and later rounds. Prospects like Sam LaPorta, Payne Durham, Cameron Latu, and Zack Kuntz all have the ability to outplay their projected draft stock. On the all-star circuit, other players such as Blake Whiteheart, Travis Vokolek, Leonard Taylor, Ben Sims, Daniel Barker, and Thomas Greaney impressed in front of NFL scouts.

Even on the draft fringe, there will be TEs worth knowing. Luke Ford and Michael Ezeike, for example, are both former four-star recruits with blocking ability. Jamal Turner is an adept red-zone threat, while Griffin Hebert has the dynamic athleticism to stretch the field. And at the FCS level, Julian Hill, Lachlan Pitts, and Kemari Averett all provide a level of intrigue.

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