Free agent the Chargers could sign after 2023 NFL Draft: 5. Tyler Kroft
Many Chargers fans expected the Bolts to draft a tight end early in the 2023 NFL Draft and the team did not end up drafting a tight end at all. Even in the later rounds the team passed on someone such as Zack Kuntz to fill other needs on the roster.
There really is a debate to be had on whether or not this is was the right move by the team. On one hand, the tight end room has Gerald Everett and Donald Parham it can utilize in the passing game next season.
On the other hand, Everett is in the last year of his deal, Parham is coming off of a season in which he hardly played because of injury and Tre' McKitty took a huge step back in year two and is not the blocking tight end that the team was hoping for.
McKitty could absolutely round into shape and improve in that regard but it also would not be shocking to see the team bring in an established blocking tight end to compete for a potential TE4 job.
Tyley Kroft probably makes the most sense when we view the position in that light. The 30-year-old tight end has always been a consistent run blocker, finishing with the third-best PFF run-blocking grade among tight ends with at least 100 run-blocking snaps last season.
Kroft is not much of a pass-catching threat at all but that is now what the Chargers would need out of him. They would just need someone who can add a positive blocking presence to the tight end room.