2 reasons why Packers rookie tight ends will make immediate impact

Packers tight ends Tucker Kraft (85) and Luke Musgrave (88)
Packers tight ends Tucker Kraft (85) and Luke Musgrave (88) / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin / USA TODAY
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Kraft's versatility

Scouts and analysts didn't regard Musgrave as a horrid blocker, but his primary role in Green Bay should come as a consistent pass-catching threat.

This outlook may have been what influenced Gutekunst to double down at the position and select Tucker Kraft one round later.

Unlike Musgrave, Kraft amassed some big numbers in college. During the 2021 season, he hauled in 65 receptions for 773 yards and six touchdowns while appearing in 15 contests.

An early-season ankle injury last fall limited him to only nine games in 2022, but he still finished the season with 27 catches for 348 yards.

Kraft doesn't figure to be the same big-play threat Musgrave can become, but that's not what the Packers picked him for anyways. He is coming to Lambeau to do the dirty work in Matt LaFleur's offense.

Where he lacks in technical prowess, Kraft makes up for with grit and effort. Analysts have tabbed him as a top-notch blocking tight end, something the Packers certainly need after Lewis' departure.

This will further enhance the Green Bay run attack and grant Love another teammate he can count on to protect him in the pocket.

Of course, as proven by his 2021 stats, Kraft is also a capable receiver. His ability to create plays after the catch is something any offense needs, and will complement Musgrave's skillset in any 12 personnel formation LaFleur employs.

The versatility of Kraft, along with the intangibles of Musgrave, should bring hope to Green Bay's tight end room for years to come.

The front office's decision to add both of them in one fell swoop will look genius so long as each player meets their projected potential.

If both selections pan out, Green Bay will have ironed out every concern that could've been raised about its tight end depth going forward.

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