5 TE prospects the Panthers must monitor ahead of 2023 NFL Draft

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Carolina Panthers should monitor Tucker Kraft

A player heading into the recent college season with some intrigue was Tucker Kraft. After a hugely impressive sophomore year in 2021 where he tallied 65 receptions for 780 receiving yards and six touchdowns, the tight end suffered an ankle injury which hampered his production to just 27 receptions for 348 receiving yards and three scores.

However, despite limited production last season and attending a smaller school at San Diego State, Kraft has the traits to excite NFL teams. Measuring at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he is an imposing figure at the line of scrimmage, is difficult to tackle and excels after the catch.

At the next level, he’ll be best used in the short game early in his career as Kraft builds his route running skills. It’s important to get the ball in his hands early to maximize the prospect’s athletic prowess.

Kraft struggled with drops during his college career. Something which the player must tighten up when he moves to the NFL.

This player has the intangibles to be a starter at the next level, following in the footsteps of former Jackrabbit Dallas Goedert who has emerged as a high-level tight endwith the Philadelphia Eagles. Kraft is predicted by many as a third-round selection, leaving the Carolina Panthers in a good spot to take him if they wish.

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