Chargers' best-case selection for each potential first-round need
The Chargers' best-possible first-round tight end is Dalton Kincaid
Not a lot of people are going to agree with this one. Michael Mayer out of Notre Dame has become the hot commodity this year and is the no. 1 ranked tight end on most big boards. It is not hard to see why as Mayer does a lot of things really well.
I'm not even sure if I would argue that Kincaid is the TE1 over Mayer, either. It is so close between the two guys that you cannot really go wrong and it boils down to what the Chargers might be looking for at the position if they draft a first-round tight end.
Kincaid seems to have the higher ceiling as a pass-catching tight end. While Mayer still has a lot to fall in love with on tape, Kincaid's release off the line of scrimmage is more consistent, his route-running is a bit crisper and his catch radius (and the ability to make contested catches) is better than Mayer's.
Mayer has the edge when it comes to blocking, particularly in the running game. While Kincaid is not a bad blocker, Mayer is going to be more polished coming into the league, especially blocking on the line in heavy sets.
But if the Chargers are drafting a tight end in the first round that tells me that they moved on from Gerald Everett in some capacity. And if that happens, someone with a higher ceiling as a vertical threat, like Kincaid, seems like the better selection.