Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Flashing Blue Lights

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South Dakota State. Tucker Kraft. 90. player. 123. Scouting Report. TIGHT END. Pick Analysis

The Dallas Cowboys have a promising young TE Duo with Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot, but when a player like Tucker Kraft falls to round 3, neither of those guys are stopping the front office from adding to the room.

Tucker Kraft out of South Dakota State is a rough and rugged player who still has some silky smoothness to his game.

His most productive season was 2021 where he piled up 65 catches for 780 yards and six touchdowns. His 2020 and 2022 seasons, however, weren’t as stellar due to leg injuries to his knee and ankle, respectively. In a class where Tight End is amongst the deepest position, teams may pass on a player with Kraft’s injury history plus playing small school competition in order to take a medically cleaner power 5 prospect.

The Dallas Cowboys, no longer drafting red flag players in round two, are happy to benefit at pick 90.

Tucker Kraft is a well rounded player. He blocks well, but needs work. He catches well, but has some drops. He runs routes well, but not great. But put the ball is in his hands and watch the big man rumble. He may very well be the best after the catch Tight End in the draft.

Standing at 6’5″ and 259lbs, Kraft offers a great combination of size and skill, however, he’s got plenty of intelligence and personality to go with it. Sometimes a player’s confidence and mentality get overlooked by fans and media during the draft process, but it’s something that sticks out in Kraft’s game. The team is getting an outspoken but well-spoken person and player.

Tucker Kraft not only gives the Tight End room a chance to be the best in the league sooner rather than later, but he provides help in both the run and passing game. With other teams being concerned about his injury history and allowing him to slide, the Cowboys see him as a Flashing Blue Light when making their selection.