Packers 2018 Draft: 3 tight ends Green Bay should target

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: Troy Fumagalli
PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: Troy Fumagalli /
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Hayden Hurst, University of South Carolina

Per, Hayden Hurst is the best tight end prospect in this year’s draft. That just may be true.

The previous two tight ends are missing something to their game. Fumagalli is missing the athleticism while Gesicki is missing the production. Hurst brings those two aspects together.

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He isn’t dominant in one aspect of the game, rather he is pretty good in all aspects of the game.

If the Green Bay Packers go with Hurst, it would be in the second round. It’s definitely a risky move not taking a primary need in the early rounds, but Hurst could very well be the starting tight end by the start of the 2018 season.

His 2016 season at South Carolina was his best by far. He started all 13 games at tight end and set school records at the position for receptions (48) and yards (616), per The following year, he earned first-team All-SEC recognition by catching 44 passes for 559 yards and two touchdowns.

Hurst is 25 years old, however. After graduating high school, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to play baseball. It wasn’t until he played three years in the Pirates’ farm system that he decided to head back to school and play college football.

It will be interesting to see if the Packers decide to address a need on offense in the early rounds. If they do, Hurst is the man to go with. However, if the defense is on the mind of the front office, waiting until later in the draft could mean the Packers go with Fumagalli or Gesicki.

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All three have something to offer in Green Bay. They would all be able to play a lot and perform well in a loaded offense.