Every tight end invited to 2023 NFL Combine
By Matt Conner
This could be a great year to watch the best tight ends at the 2023 NFL Combine for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 2023 NFL Combine is just around the corner, and a dynamic group of college prospects are all waiting to showcase what they can do in front of NFL general managers, coaches, and scouts. In particular, this year’s crop of tight ends are earning rave reviews, and it’s quite possible that several of them will accelerate further production at a position that’s shifting each season.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, tight end is a very intriguing position to analyze for the present and the future. In the interim, no team has the sort of overall talent or depth that the Chiefs have with Travis Kelce atop the depth chart and Noah Gray and Jody Fortson also available. Together with veteran Blake Bell, the Chiefs have often rolled with four active tight ends due to what the unit brings to the offense.
Kelce shows no signs of slowing down in a Hall of Fame career, but it’s also true that he’s well into his mid-thirties and that back pains nearly robbed him of his availability in the conference championship against the Cincinnati Bengals. If Kelce were to go down for any reason, the Chiefs offense would face a major challenge. Gray is nice as an additional pass catcher and Fortson brings hope as a red zone threat, but neither have shown the ability to produce consistently—not that they’ve had the chance to even try.
Would the Chiefs want to take a chance and maintain the unit as is once again or should they take advantage of a deep and talented TE class to search for Kelce’s eventual heir? It might be too difficult to pass up the talents of players like Dalton Kincaid or Sam LaPorta early. Or maybe they add further depth and potential with Josh Whyle a bit later in the draft. We’ll have to wait and see what the week brings in Indianapolis.
A complete list of every tight end invited to the 2023 NFL Combine:
- Davis Allen, Clemson
- Payne Durham, Purdue
- Noah Gindorff, North Dakota State
- Dalton Kincaid, Utah
- Tucker Kraft, South Dakota State
- Zack Kuntz, Old Dominion
- Sam LaPorta, Iowa
- Cameron Latu, Alabama
- Will Mallory, Miami
- Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
- Luke Musgrave, Oregon State
- Kyle Patterson, Air Force
- Luke Schoonmaker, Michigan
- Brenton Strange, Penn State
- Leonard Taylor, Cincinnati
- Travis Vokolek, Nebraska
- Darnell Washington, Georgia
- Blake Whiteheart, Wake Forest
- Josh Whyle, Cincinnati
- Brayden Willis, Oklahoma