By Alex Al-Kazzaz
The 2023 NFL Draft starts on Thursday. And this year's draft is loaded with prospects with huge potential. From Alabama's Bryce Young to Ohio State's C.J. Stroud to Texas' Bijan Robinson to Utah's Dalton Kincaid and the endless list goes on and on. The Carolina Panthers have the #1 overall pick. To say that there's major excitement for this draft would be a major understatement.
The Dallas Cowboys have the 26th pick in the first round. Based on the team's draft profile for this year, their top needs are DL, OL, and TE. Not long ago, Dallas parted ways with Ezekiel Elliott who surprisingly is still without a team. Therefore, it's clear that Dallas also needs a RB. Bijan Robinson is no doubt a remarkable talent Dallas would love to have but what are the chances of him still being there by the time it's Dallas' turn? Honestly, ZERO!
ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has predicted in his fourth mock draft for this year that Dallas will select TE Michael Mayer out of Notre Dame in the first round. And believe it or not, the TE position is crucial right now for Dallas. Dalton Schultz left to sign with the Houston Texans and Dallas has yet to fill that empty void.
According to his NFL draft profile, Mayer is compared to Jason Witten. However, a comparison is merely just an opinion. Mayer is Notre Dame's all-time leader in receptions for a TE. He played three seasons for the Fighting Irish, finishing with 180 catches for 2,099 yards and 18 touchdowns.
His ability to make excellent catches is well-documented. The overview on his draft profile confirms that he greatly excels as both a run blocking and pass catcher TE. It's safe to say, he's exactly what Dallas needs as far as the TE position goes. Therefore, in Dallas' case, it'd be incredibly idiotic to not take him if he's there at the 26th pick.
Based on his talents as well as his brilliant and unique athletic abilities, he'd certainly be an exciting player in Dallas. No doubt, he can quickly solidify himself as a fan favorite. Furthermore, he's definitely got the potential of being Dallas' next franchise TE.