A small school prospect with a translatable skill set, Kraft would get more hype in a less loaded tight end class.
At 6’5 and 254 pounds, he has prototypical size to live on the line of scrimmage, but experience also working as a move tight end. He shows above average acceleration into his routes and after the catch. There are focus drops on film, but he also made difficult grabs that required hang time and a maxed out catch radius.
In South Dakota State’s offense Kraft had plenty of touches schemed up for him, utilizing his excellent open field running. He’s a bulldozer with the ball in his hands.
As a blocker, Kraft has the strength and athleticism to thrive. He needs to play with better leverage, pad level and hand usage. He was always the strongest and most athletic player on the field in the FCS, but in the NFL better technique will be vital.
Kraft is a well rounded tight end prospect and his combination of size and adequate athleticism should translate quite well. He’ll most likely come off the board in the third round, providing great value.