July 6, 2022

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Tight ends to watch for the 2023 NFL draft

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Tight ends to watch for the 2023 NFL draft


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Arik Gilbert was a five-star recruit during the 2019 recruiting cycle, and was named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year after catching 101 passes for 1,760 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior season. He was also named a USA Today High School All-American, and finished his career at Marietta High School having caught 243 passes for 3,540 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Gilbert committed to LSU, and appeared in eight games during the 2020 season, catching 35 passes for 368 yards and a pair of touchdowns. At the end of that year, Gilbert entered the transfer portal and eventually chose to transfer to Georgia for the 2021 season, after considering a transfer to Florida. It was expected that Gilbert would move to wide receiver for the Bulldogs.

However, he sat out the 2021 due to personal issues, and did not suit up for Georgia. He returned to the field for spring practices this year, and is going to align at tight end for the Bulldogs. Gilbert put together a solid spring camp for the Bulldogs and shined in their spring game, thanks to plays like this:

Georgia is certainly deep at tight end, thanks to Brock Bowers — who is not draft eligible just yet — and Darnell Washington already on the roster. But if Gilbert looks like the player he was back in high school, and at LSU, he could put together his own rise up draft boards in the fall.

 

Tight ends to watch for the 2023 NFL draft