Which early tight end prospects should the Carolina Panthers have their eye on ahead of the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft?
Ever since Greg Olsen departed for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020 free agency, the Carolina Panthers’ production at the tight end position has been abject at best and it’s something they must address this offseason.
Ian Thomas has failed to live up to Olsen’s manta after being drafted in the fourth round back in 2018. He’s totaled less than 1,000 receiving yards in his first five NFL seasons.
While Tommy Tremble has shown his prowess as a blocker and done some good things in red zone packages, it’s clear from his first two years in the league that the former Notre Dame star might never become a true No. 1 option.
The hiring of Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator signaled a potential shift for the tight ends compared to what we had seen under Joe Brady. He was known to get the position involved heavily when New York Giants head coach, but Thomas and Tremble combined for just 371 receiving yards and three scores between them – frankly miserable production.
Now the Panthers may look to address the position in free agency with the likes of Evan Engram, Dalton Schultz, and Mike Gesicki all possibly available. However, this upcoming draft class is deep with a lot of talent available on the second and third days, which Carolina would be wise to consider.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at five tight-end prospects the Panthers must monitor ahead of the 2023 draft.