Michael Mayer Rookie Profile King Fantasy Sports

Michael Mayer - TE - Notre Dame

Welcome to the rookie profile for Michael Mayer. Mayer has looked set to play in the NFL since he suited up in his freshman season. In his three seasons in college, he became one of the most consistent receivers on the roster, able to create separation with his route-running ability. Should be set to see the field early in his rookie season.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 5″

Weight: 249 lbs

Age: 22

40-yard dash: 4.7 

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 32.5″

Broad Jump: 9-10

Bench Press: DNP

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceivingRushingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2020Notre DameACCFRTE124245010.720004245010.72
*2021Notre DameIndSOTE127184011.870007184011.87
*2022Notre DameIndJRTE126780912.190006780912.19
CareerNotre Dame180209911.718000180209911.718
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/10/2023.

Notable Headlines

Mayer was a 4-star recruit, before opting to play for Notre Dame. In his freshman season, he hit the ground running, playing 12 games. Showed his receiving ability with 42 receptions for 450 yards and 2 scores. He backed that up in 2021 with another strong showing, with 71 receptions for 840 yards and 7 TDs.

Scouting Report

Positives

Mayer has great hands and balance which helps him win against his man against the press on the line of scrimmage. With his quickness and speed he has the ability to beat a defender off the snap, and then get separation from the defender before they can recover. Has great hands which makes him an effective receiver, with great catching span. With his size, he is able to get up and catch balls in contested positions- especially in the red zone. Great blocking ability should mean he gets on the field early in his career too.

Negatives

Mayer was able to great seperation in college, but doesn’t have top-end speed to do the same in the NFL. If he finds himself up against a defensive back, he could struggle to give his QB the space to put the pass into. He can also lose his blocking leverage with his technique if he loses the first impact, struggling to recover.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 1

Ideal Landing Spot

Mayer is a good enough talent that he is going to produce in pretty much any scheme. But, he is going to his most productive used as an in-line TE. He has the ability to make blocks, as well as run routes effectively. A team like the Chargers would be ideal with the offense they run.

Post Draft Analysis

Las Vegas Raiders – Round 2, Pick 4

Landing Spot

Mayer I had as a first round talent, but given the strength of the group overall I think went against him and other TEs. The Raiders moved up for him, and have a clear need to involve him in the offense with the loss of Darren Waller at the TE position. 

Fantasy Impact

Mayer is going to be a strong dynasty option, especially as he should be able to get on the field early in his career. With the way this offense is likely to take a ‘Patriots’ feel about it with new QB Jimmy Garropolo using the TE position heavily in his career. As a result, this really should be a good landing spot for this fantasy outlook. 

In redraft leagues, I’d be comfortable taking a late round shot on him, but a rookie TE is hard to put too much trust into otherwise.

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