Dallas Cowboys Draft Profile: TE Luke Musgrave (the next great TE?)

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The 2023 NFL Draft offers the Dallas Cowboys a plethora of tight end options at a multitude of different places. It has traditional do-it-all inline tight ends, it has big-slot flexed tight ends, it has backfield H-back tight ends and even potential super star tight ends.

It all comes down to who and what the Cowboys are looking for and how much they’re willing to spend on it.

Luke Musgrave is one of highest regarded tight ends in the 2023 draft class, potentially giving the Dallas Cowboys a major weapon in the passing game.

The Dallas Cowboys have made a living turning mid-to-late round tight ends into truly solid players. From Geoff Swaim, to Dalton Schultz, to Jake Ferguson, to Peyton Hendershot, they have built a reputation finding overachievers over and over again.

Because of this, they may not see a need to use a premium draft pick on a tight end. And a premium pick is exactly what it would take to get someone like Luke Musgrave.

Musgrave enters the draft process as one of the most remarkable playmakers in an ultradeep class (which is saying something). The 6-foot-6, 250 pound prospect from Oregon State is a pass-catching monster.

He’s extremely athletic and fluid in his movement. He has natural hands and a feel for the field. He’s strong in 50-50 situations and a good route runner. He’s fast and can be a weapon up the seam.

Usually players like Musgrave aren’t as willing to be blockers but that’s not the case here. He’s a good blocker who shows great a desire to make big blocks. He’s not afraid to stick his face into the fan, so to speak.

He can play inline or flexed out in the slot. He’s a complete weapon and likely the TE1 on Day 1.

Projected Draft Spot: TDN has Luke Musgrave ranked No. 2 in his class with a third round grade but No. 23 on their big board (that’s a big disparity). Dan Brugler has him at No. 27 on his top-100 list putting him right in the first round range of the Dallas Cowboys.

If the Dallas Cowboys want to upgrade after Schultz and use a lot of 12 personnel in 2023 and beyond, Musgrave makes sense. He could improve the running game and passing game, with being a mismatch downfield with Pro Bowl potential.