If ever there were a year for the Green Bay Packers to draft a tight end in the first round, this is it.
Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan are free agents, and tight end could be the Packers’ biggest need entering the draft this April.
It also happens to be a talented tight end class with potentially multiple first-rounders.
From Michael Mayer to Luke Musgrave to Dalton Kincaid, all three could be available for the Packers in the first round, and they would all help the offense.
A 2023 mock draft by Sayre Bedinger of NFL Spin Zone has the Packers selecting Utah’s Dalton Kincaid with the 15th overall pick.
It may seem early for a tight end, and usually I’d agree, but Kincaid can be an exception to the rule. He could become a great player in Green Bay’s offense.
“Dalton Kincaid has been ascending in recent weeks in the NFL Draft community and he debuts as the TE1 of this 2023 NFL mock draft,” writes Bedinger.
It’s no surprise to see Kincaid selected first among tight ends in the mock draft.
With his route-running and receiving ability, Kincaid could be the missing piece the Packers have needed at tight end for years.
It’s been a while since Green Bay has had a dominant pass-catching tight end regularly making plays in the middle of the field. Kincaid could do that, no matter if it’s Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love at quarterback next season.
While the Packers could select a player at a premium position like offensive tackle or edge rusher with their first pick, one of the best tight ends in the class like Kincaid would also make a ton of sense on Day 1.
If the Packers lose Lewis or Tonyan, Kincaid could step in as a Day 1 starter in Green Bay.