Our NFL rookie profile series continues with this analysis of 2023 NFL Draft Prospect Sam LaPorta, TE from Iowa. We will continue to provide you with these in-depth rookie profiles and a ton of other fantasy football rookie analysis right up through the NFL Draft. Stay tuned and stay ahead of your league.
The 2023 tight end class has Michael Mayer, Dalton Kincaid, and Darnell Washington buzzing as dynasty rookies. These tight ends cast a shadow where Sam LaPorta is existing. Each tight end has a unique skill-set that teams will look to utilize within the system. LaPorta has the ability to play the slot and work down the field as a receiver but will need to continue to work on his blocking skills.
A negative on LaPorta’s outlook is his height (6'3") and weight (245), which are below historical averages for tight ends - specifically, the dynasty tight ends we care about. This likely explains the lack of enthusiasm regarding his future NFL career and success.
LaPorta was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. He produced these numbers in college:
Courtesy of Sports Reference.
It is fair to assume two developmental years for college tight ends, so we shouldn't concern ourselves too much with 2019 and 2020. Rarely do you see a tight end produce immediately (Brock Bowers).
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