There may be bigger names picked in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, however, University of Cincinnati tight end Josiah Deguara may have found the perfect landing spot as the Green Bay Packers selected the Bearcats tight end in the third round (94th overall).
Deguara has proven during his college career to play above expectations and proved former Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville right when signing the former two-star prospect out of Folsom (Calif.) High School in the Class of 2015.
After redshirting his freshman year, Deguara developed his game to new levels each year and leaves the Bearcats program as one of the top tight ends in the programs history and placing his name beside former NFL tight end Brent Celek and current NFL player Travis Kelce.
This past season Deguara earned First-Team All-American Athletic Conference honors with a team-leading 39 receptions for 504 yards and seven touchdowns.
Deguara is a tight end/H-back type of player who is not afraid to play a major role in run blocking with the ability to seal the edge using great footwork, balance, and technique.
Those who have not seen Deguara in person will project him to be a later round pick. However, during our in-person evaluations, we found a player who brings a hardhat mentality to the field to go with solid route running, great hands, and the athletic ability to find open areas on the field for quarterbacks to find.
One thing lost in other evaluations is the fact Deguara was a high school wide receiver who showed great hands and the ability to high point the ball and make great catches.
FIRST STAR FOOTBALL THOUGHTS
We had a chance to watch Deguara develop his game since arriving at the University of Cincinnati and become one of the best players on the Bearcats roster. This is a great pick for the Packers and Deguara as he should be placed in a position to earn time on the field and excel with a veteran quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. Playing in the NFL North is also a perfect fit for a hardnosed tight end as weather can play a factor late in the season. Over the years of covering the Bearcats, we’ve watched Brent Celek and Travis Kelce develop their games. Deguara is more like Celek in his style of play but stands about two inches shorter than the former Philadelphia Eagles tight end.