Oregon State tight end Luke Musgrave is a versatile and athletic prospect that brings a unique skill set to the passing game. His draft stock has soared during the pre-draft process, particularly after the Senior Bowl. With secure hands and the ability to operate in-line as a traditional Y-tight end or split into the slot, he provides options for creative offensive schemes. His vertical threat up the seams and bender routes make him a weapon in the passing game, while his competitive blocking and ability to sell blocks on leaks make him an asset in the run game.
Musgrave’s athleticism and potential make him a good fit for NFL teams looking to add a dynamic tight end to their roster. Here are four teams that would provide the best fit for Luke Musgrave.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers just let tight end Robert Tonyan walk in free agency and need to surround their new starting quarterback, Jordan Love, with good weapons. Adding a young, athletic tight end to his arsenal of young pass-catchers which already includes second-year receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs would be a big help. Musgrave would immediately add a red zone threat to the Packers’ offense and an automatic mismatch from in-line or in the slot as a tight end who’s both big and fast.
New Orleans Saints
You know who likes when passing offenses run through athletic tight ends? New Saints signal-caller Derek Carr, who thrived in Las Vegas when he had Darren Waller as his primary pass-catcher. Musgrave can outrun linebackers as one of the fastest tight ends in his draft class, can line up inside from the slot or in-line, and uses his good hands and ball skills to make consistent catches. Along with receivers Chris Olave and Michael Thomas, Carr would have plenty of talented, reliable weapons to throw to if the Saints drafted Musgrave.
Trading away T.J. Hockenson (and within the division, no less!) was a somewhat questionable move by a team that ended up one win short of a playoff spot in 2022. Regardless, it left a sizable hole in Detroit’s roster and passing game given Hockenson’s strengths as an athletic tight end with excellent pass-catching ability. The Lions should look to fill that hole with a replacement that can be another strong weapon in their passing game alongside receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams and Marvin Jones Jr. Musgrave’s ability to win from wherever he’s lined up would make the Lions’ offense even more dangerous.
Las Vegas Raiders
You know who else likes (or at least has experience with) offenses that run through tight ends? Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels from his time as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator during the heyday of Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. It would behoove the Raiders to find a replacement in this draft for Waller, whom they traded away earlier this offseason. Musgrave is big, athletic, fast, and has the reliable hands necessary to be a successful pass-catching tight end at the NFL level. Time will tell, but he could be a worthy successor to Waller in Las Vegas.
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