Packers pick tight end Josiah Deguara in 3rd round

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The Green Bay Packers selected tight end Josiah Deguara out of Cincinnati in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 94th overall.

Green Bay used its first two picks on a quarterback and running back before finding a receiver for Aaron Rodgers with its third-rounder.

Deguara could work his way up the tight end depth chart and fill a void left by the departure of Jimmy Graham.

Prospect Profile

School: Cincinnati
Height: 6-2
Weight: 242 lbs

Positives

  • Possesses the speed and athleticism to challenge defenders downfield
  • Developed route-runner who uses his body to manipulate coverages
  • Smooth and effective change-of-direction skills
  • High-effort player who chips in on special teams
  • Effective run blocker with good technique - great at sealing the edge
  • High football IQ with the ability to climb past linebackers and get into open spaces

Negatives

  • Below-average size
  • Limited success on contested catches and in the red zone as a receiver
  • Sometimes struggled with drops - more of a body catcher
  • May not have the frame or strength to battle NFL defenders

Bottom line

Deguara is a tough, high-motor player who can be deployed at a handful of positions, but might be best suited as an H-back. The downside of this is he may not have the traits to operate as a full-time tight end in the pros. Deguara offers the speed and athleticism needed to separate from defenders, but his lack of size could be an issue. However, the former Cincinnati standout is still worthy of a roster spot as a developmental offensive weapon.

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