2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah

2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah

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2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah


Dalton Kincaid only played one year of high school football since he focused on basketball. He became a walk-on with the University of San Diego for two years before transferring to Utah where he only had one catch in 2020 during their COVID-shortened season. He became one of two starters in 2021, logging 36 catches on a team that didn’t throw much.

Last season, Kincaid evolved into their primary receiver. He ended with a team-high 70 catches and eight scores to lead the receivers. He caught 16 passes for 234 yards and a score against the Trojans during the season, though he was later held to only four receptions in the otherwise high-scoring Pac 12 Conference Championship against USC.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 246 pounds
40 time: 4.71 seconds

Kincaid was All-Pac 12 last year and his pinnacle season in college has him in the running to become one of the first tight ends drafted – if not the first. He brings a resume that’s more impressive as a receiver than as a blocker. He’s a 23-year-old fifth-year season who never scored fewer than eight touchdowns in any season he started.

Table: Player NCAA stats (2020-22)

Year School Games Catch Yards Avg. TD Rush Yards TD
2018 San Diego 12 24 374 15.6 11 0 0 0
2019 San Diego 12 44 835 19.0 8 0 0 0
2020 Utah 1 1 14 14.0 0 0 0 0
2021 Utah 13 36 510 14.2 8 1 4 0
2022 Utah 12 70 890 12.7 8 0 0 0


  • Prototypical size and speed for a receiving tight end
  • Enough speed for vertical routes
  • Plays more like as a receiver than a tight end
  • Strong hands that catch and hold through contact
  • Elite burst for his size
  • Led the nation with 70 catches by a tight end in 2022
  • Hard to tackle by smaller defensive backs
  • No limit to the routes he can run – capable of catches in all three levels of the defense
  • Former basketball player like many elite tight ends


  • Needs improvement as a blocker on runs and passes
  • Played mostly from slot, has to adjust to physical NFL defenders at the line
  • Needs more aggression on contested catches at the next level

Fantasy Outlook

There is a chance that Kincaid becomes the first tight end drafted, which would net him a first or second-round pick. He’s an elite prospect as a receiving tight end, and his struggles at blocking mean he may not be an every-down player, at least until he proves not to be a liability.

His NFL team will take him to expand their passing game, and he is a mature player at 23 with four productive years in college. That should help speed his development and at least give him the potential to produce fantasy-relevant stats, even as a rookie. As a longer-term pick in a dynasty league, Kincaid is even more attractive.

He’ll most likely end up on one of the tight-end hungry teams of the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers or the Los Angeles Chargers.


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