As was expected going into the draft, South Dakota State tight end Tucker Kraft heard his name called on Friday evening. The Packers gave Kraft the call, making him the third FCS player taken in this year’s draft.
Kraft helped the Jackrabbits reach the FCS national championship twice and was instrumental in the team winning its first ever last fall. He finished his college career with 1,211 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, efforts that earned him multiple All-Conference and All-American Honors.
With the 78th pick in the 2023 #NFLDraft, the #Packers select South Dakota State TE Tucker Kraft!#PackersDraft | @meijer pic.twitter.com/pkmKy3wZqA— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 29, 2023
He is the highest selected player from SDSU since fellow tight end Dallas Goedert was taken in the second round (49th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018. He is the third Jackrabbit to be taken over the last two years, joining former teammates Pierre Strong Jr. and Chris Oladokun who were each taken last spring.
Kraft will look to work his way into a starting role with the Packers and will be catching passes from Jordan Love.