The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Deguara was ESPN’s sixth-rated tight end in what is considered a very weak class and the third one taken. Most mock drafts had him as a fifth- or sixth-round pick. It’s believed he’ll play more of an H-back role, meaning he can line up all over the place and could be a possible replacement for fullback Danny Vitale, who signed with New England in the offseason.
During his four years with the Bearcats, Deguara steadily improved, going from four catches as a freshman to 39 catches and seven touchdowns as a senior. He’s a solid athlete, running a 4.72-yard 40-yard dash and posting a 35.5-inch vertical at the NFL Combine.
He joins a tight end room that has a veteran presence in Marcedes Lewis, along with last year’s third-round pick Jace Sternberger. Former undrafted free agent Robert Tonyan also returns.