This class is filled with talent and will bring great value to your dynasty squad for the foreseeable future. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks) and I (@FFBourbonDude) will discuss the following tight ends and if you’re interested in listening in to our initial pre-combine breakdowns, get to our YouTube Channel and check out our 2023 Draft Profiles.
Our pre-draft consensus rankings are as follows:
- Michael Mayer
- Dalton Kincaid
- Luke Musgrave
- Darnell Washington
- Sam LaPorta
This write-up is about our consensus number two tight end in the 2023 rookie class, Dalton Kincaid. So let’s get into it.
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Dalton Kincaid – NFL Rookie Draft and Dynasty Watch
After playing basketball his entire high school career Kincaid made the jump his senior season to football and never looked back. He walked on in San Diego and then later transferred via scholarship to the Utah Utes.
After a solid first season with the Utes, he put on a clinic in the 2022 season with the following accolades per the Utah Utes:
John Mackey Award Semifinalist
Biletnikoff Award Watch List Addition (Oct. 19)
Rose Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week (Oct. 18)
Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 17)
John Mackey Award Player of the Week (Oct. 17)
AFCA Good Works Team Watch List
John Mackey Award Watch List
Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention
Height – 6’4″
Weight – 240 pounds
Dalton Kincaid played just one year of HS football and went unranked as a recruit.
Kincaid didn’t receive a single FBS offer and decided to walk-on at the University of San Diego.
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) February 15, 2023
After a solid first season where he had 510 yards and 8 touchdowns, he followed that up with an absolutely dominating performance as an athletic tight end for the Utes.
Just look at the USC game. He was uncoverable against a superior opponent. He is great at slowplaying routes and exploding into open space.
Great hands and the ability to not let the ball get into his body. He is a natural catcher likely because of his basketball background.
Dalton Kincaid 💪
— Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) February 23, 2023
When you watch Kincaid on film, he is a clear athlete. He is able to use that advantage and it covers up some of his weaknesses.
Used as a pure receiving guy with not a lot of route concepts and intricate blocking schemes. Will definitely need some time to develop into a three-down tight end.
240 pounds is a small frame for a TE to be an effective blocker. He wasn’t asked to do a lot of it. Saw some upside in getting in the way but not true blocking.
While not ideal for a three-down TE, if you look at the top 12 tight ends in the 2022 NFL season, three of them were 240 or below and another two were at 245. So maybe this isn’t as big of a deal as we think.