2023 mock NFL Draft 3.0: Final 11th-hour edition (with trades)

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Dalton Kincaid, Utah Utes
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On the clock: NFL Draft Pick No. 26: Dallas Cowboys – Dalton Kincaid, Tight End, Utah

Mock Draft 1.0 – Kelee Ringo, Cornerback, Georgia
Mock Draft 2.0 – Dalton Kincaid, Tight End, Utah

It’s a nice change of pace that the tight end class is so strong from top to bottom, and arguably the strongest position overall this year. While it’s been surprisingly late to mock a tight end, this makes a lot of sense for a Dallas Cowboys team that needs to replace the departed Dalton Schultz.’

It’s a tight battle between Michael Mayer and Dalton Kincaid for the first tight end off the board. Mayer is more well-rounded and actually able to participate in the NFL Combine, but Kincaid is the better receiver with the higher ceiling. It’s close, but the edge goes to Kincaid here.

Kincaid may not have been able to participate in the pre-draft process, but he leaps out on the screen as a receiver. Kincaid had 70 receptions for 890 yards and eight touchdowns for the Utah Utes in 2022 and ticks all the boxes you want in a true receiving threat at the position with his hands and speed all top-tier.

Kincaid is a good size at 6-foot-4 and 246 pounds so he should be a good blocker, but truthfully he is a bit deficient in that area and needs to improve. He has the enthusiasm for it, but his technique is a bit lacking and needs to be developed in the NFL.