The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of needs coming into the 2023 season. They will certainly use the draft and free agency to come into 2023 with the best chance to win. It is a very important off-season for them.
A lot has been made about their need to address the tight-end position. Will they bring back Evan Engram? Will they sign a free agent? Will they draft one? No matter what, this will be on the mind of Trent Baalke until it is resolved.
Michael Mayer seems like someone that is getting a lot of love from Jaguars fans in terms of tight ends that they can take with the 24th overall pick. He is one of the greatest tight ends in the history of The University of Notre Dame which speaks volumes about him.
With that in mind, there are plenty of other good tight ends to consider once draft day comes around. There are really good ones to consider with that 24th pick and there are ones with a little bit more raw talent to consider in the later rounds.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to have a lot of good tight-end options.
One that might be thought of around the same part of the draft is Dalton Kincaid out of Utah. You can expect these two tight-ends (Mayer and Kincaid) to be the first two off the board, likely in the first round.
Luke Musgrove out of Oregon State is someone that could be a third one selected in the first round otherwise he is almost certain to go in the second round.
Sam LaPorta (Iowa) and Darnell Washington (Georgia) are both guys you can target in the middle rounds if you are a team like the Jaguars needing a tight end. One of them might be worth considering even if Engram decides to stay with the team. That way they can learn the NFL game slowly.
Other players like Josh Whyle (Cincinnati), Luke Shoonmaker (Michigan), Tucker Kraft (South Dakota State), and Will Mallory (Miami) are guys that can be drafted in the later rounds. Obviously, the ceiling to their success might be lower but anything can happen in this part of the draft.
Michael Mayer is the big name in this draft when it comes to tight ends but he isn’t the only good one to consider. The Jaguars need to handle this position one way or another but there are lots of good options for them to think about.