The 2023 NFL Draft is rich in tight end talent. Rich. Whether you’re a team looking for a starter or someone just looking for depth, options are a plenty and everyone (like the Dallas Cowboys) will have the opportunity to pull the trigger if that’s their heart’s desire.
In other words, top tier tight ends are going to be available all the way through the first round so everyone with a pick, will have a shot – which includes the Dallas Cowboys at Pick 26.
Sam LaPorta is a second tier tight end prospect who could be a Day 2 option for the Dallas Cowboys.
LaPorta enters the draft as the next great tight end from Iowa. The 6-foot-4, 249-pound prospect is a true inline blocker with some untapped potential as a pass-catcher, simmering beneath the surface.
LaPorta is adored by coaches and teammates. Dubbed, the permanent captain in 2022, LaPorta was offensive MVP for Iowa making 58 catches for 657 yards. He ‘s technically sound in all phases of the game and is one of the most well-rounded prospects in the class.
Willingness is a big factor as a run-blocker and LaPorta has shown he has willingness and tenacity to be effective in the NFL. He’s a high effort player who’s talented and controlled. Complete package for a team that uses their TEs in multiple ways.
He has YAC ability and can line up in the slot and take on man coverage or find soft spots in between zones.
Projected Draft Spot: Sam LaPorta is going to be on everyone’s board. He’s high character and can do anything. He’s not flashy but he’s also without weakness. Dan Brugler has him slotted at 61 making him a option to the Dallas Cowboys in the second. TDN has him just after, at 74 on their big board.
In such a deep class, it’s possible a prospect like LaPorta slips through the cracks and falls to the Dallas Cowboys in the third round. It would be a steal and something I would expect them to take advantage of.