Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook
Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle and staff
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Tight Ends – Grade: B
This year’s group of tight ends features several highly regarded players, such as Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst who will come off the board in the early rounds. Goedert is our #1 prospect and has a top 40 ranking. He could be a surprise late first round selection and is an emerging blue-chip player. Gesicki may be the best vertical threat at the position with impact run after the catch ability. He is on bubble for the 1st round with advanced receiving skills. This class should see another 2-3 players selected in the top 100 selections. Mark Andrews has a fine physical skill set to win a starting role as a both a blocker and receiver. Hayden Hurst could move into a mid-2nd day selection. Hurst is an emerging receiver with an NFL starting grade. The top four players are intriguing prospects and figure to help early in the passing game. There are as many as 8-10 future NFL starters in this class, along with another 6-8 fine #2 and H-back performers. Many tight ends are one-dimensional with an emphasis on receiving in today’s game. Chris Herndon and Tyler Conklin are prospects to watch and receivers who can make a difference in a pro offense. Small college athlete, Dallas Goedert is our highest rated prospect from the lower level in over ten years. He has impact ability with the skill set to be a complete player. This position could provide as many as 15-20 players drafted with most in the middle to late rounds. This position has recently played a big part in pro offenses with performers being used in hybrid roles. Jordan Thomas is a huge sleeper with starting potential if he continues to develop and settles into an offense. Jordan Akins is an interesting prospect and a late developing player with a big upside after some time in a pro system.
NFL Teams in need:
1 Jets 4. Patriots
2 Dolphins 5 . Steelers
3 Seahawks 6. Jaguars
NFL Premier Player
Blue Chip – Dallas Goedert
Red Chip – Mike Gesicki
Rising – Hayden Hurst
Falling – Troy Fumagalli
Underrated – Durham Smythe
Overrated – Will Dissly
Sleeper – David Wells
Boom/Bust – Ian Thomas
Hidden Starter – Chris Herndon
Long Term Gem – Hayden Hurst
Best Athlete – Mike Gesicki
Best Hands – Dallas Goedert
Fastest – Mike Gesicki
Quickest – Mike Gesicki
Best Runner – Hayden Hurst
Inline Blocker – Durham Smythe
Block on Move – Dallas Goedert
Run after Catch – Mike Gesicki
Ball Instincts – Dallas Goedert
Most Developed – Dallas Goedert
Top Tight End Prospects
1 Dallas Goedert – South Dakota St
2 * Mark Andrews – Oklahoma
3 Mike Gesicki – Penn St
4 * Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
5 Durham Smythe – Notre Dame
6 Ian Thomas – Indiana
7 * Dalton Schultz – Stanford
8 Troy Fumagalli – Wisconsin
9 Christopher Herndon – Miami
10 Tyler Conklin – Central Michigan
11 Ryan Izzo – Florida St.
12 David Wells – San Diego St
13 Will Dissly – Washington
14 Marcus Baugh – Ohio St
15 Jordan Thomas – Mississippi St
16 Cam Serigne – Wake Forest
17 Deon Yelder – Western Kentucky
18 Shane Wimann – Northern Illinois
19 * Jordan Akins – Central Florida
20 Garrett Dickerson – Northwestern
Adam Breneman – UMass – retired/medical
1 Dallas Goedert #86 – South Dakota St 6-5 255 – Sp. 4.80
Player Comparison: Jason Witten Rating 89
Long athletic physical specimen was a vital part of the SD St offense while starting during his final three seasons. Earned FCS All-American honors his last two campaigns. Big angular athlete with natural soft hands and fine agility to be a big factor in the passing game. Incredible production at the FCS level and defied double coverage in many key situations. The best average yards per reception for any tight end in the draft and indicative of his ability to stretch the middle of the field and make plays after the reception. Huge frame and long arms (34”) with natural hands and deceptive speed due to his long smooth strides. His height and long length plus his leaping ability allow him to extend for high passes and make him a tough physical mismatch for any defender. Played a variety of ways including inline, split wide or flexed out and H-back. Most diverse TE prospect in this talented group. Knows how to use his size well, whether it is blocking for the running game or using his wide wingspan as a receiver. Attacks the defender with his long strides, can explode out of his breaks and create separation and runs precise routes. Uses his big frame to shield defenders and snatch the ball in the air, relying on his large naturally soft hands. Lacks power as a drive blocker, but shows above average technique to effectively wall off a defender, sustain, and keep him out of the play. Slender athlete and would benefit from strength work and additional muscle to compete in the physical NFL game.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started all 14 games and caught 72 passes for 1111 yards, 15.4 yard average and 7 TDs while earning 1st team All-American honors. As a junior, he started all 13 games and made 92 catches for 1293 yards for a 14.1 average and 11 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 198 catches for 2988 yards for an impressive 15.1 yard average and 21 TDs. He has the potential to be a nice NFL playmaker. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 256 lbs. and 6’5” with 34” arms and 10” hands. He did 23 reps, but did not workout due to a hamstring pull. Similar to Jason Witten in size, mobility and overall skill set. Also, physically and athletically similar to Pro Bowler Rob Gronkowski.
The Skinny: Talented fluid well-rounded prospect with huge upside as a pro. Long receiver with the speed to stretch the seam in the vertical game and capable of surprising and becoming an early starter. Dangerous red zone receiver with impact ability. Developed prospect with the talent to become a major weapon. Rising top 60-75 prospect with developed receiving skills to give a team a different dimension. Nice upside as a blocker. Probable early 2nd round pick with a high ceiling for today’s game. Surprise late first round selection with Patriots interested.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
2 * Mark Andrews #81 – Oklahoma 6-4 255 – Sp. 4.55
Player Comparison: Hunter Henry Rating 85
Productive fourth-year junior has been a dependable all-around tight end in the Sooners’ potent offense. Won the Mackey award, symbolic of the nation’s best tight end. Earned three consecutive Big 12 first team honors working with QB Baker Mayfield as his primary outlet receiver. Played in 40 games after converting from wide receiver and became one of the best red zone receivers in the nation during his career. Finished with 22 TDs receiving. Tall, muscular physique with good arm length and hands to be a big factor in a pro offense. Shows the natural tools to be much more of a receiving threat at the next level though with his big powerful frame, strong hands and ease of movement skills. Lined up all over the place, including inline, on a wing, as an H-Back, out wide or from the fullback spot. Runs crisp routes, extends for the ball well and is a natural hands catcher. Can pluck in stride, turn up field and run well after the catch. Will scrap for every yard after contact. As a blocker, he needs work especially technique to utilize his strong frame. Capable of being a good blocker, but fails to engage properly and use his strong frame. Effective blocking on the move and fits on backers well. Fails to lock on, sustain and keeps his feet moving when blocking inline. Often moves across the formation after the snap to seal off the outside linebacker. Coordinated movements and gets good fits blocking outside. Needs to develop his natural talent to grade higher as an inline blocker if he expects to win a starting job in the NFL. Fine prospect and physical specimen who has the package to be a complete starter, though not fully there.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 14 games and caught 62 passes for 958 yards, 15.5 yard average and 8 TDs that earned 1st team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 31 catches for 489 yards for a 15.8 average and 7 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 112 catches for 1765 yards, a 15.8 yard average and 22 TDs. Talented receiver with nice level of development in that area from a few alignments. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 256 lbs. and 6’5” with 32 ½” arms and 9 ½” hands. Did 17 reps and ran a 4.58 sprint time. He did a 31” VL, 9’5” BJ, 4.38 shuttle and 7.34 three cone. He looked strong in the positional drills. Similar to Hunter Henry in size, mobility and skill set.
The Skinny: Needs to show a blue-collar attitude as a blocker to earn the starting job. Capable of surprising and becoming an early starter. Contributor in a number of roles especially as a receiver. Eventually a complete performer with deceptive speed. Underrated addition with the talent to be a rookie starter. Top 50 prospect with well-developed receiving skills and upside to impress early and become a solid starter once he settles into an offense. Probable 2nd round selection and eventually complete prospect with blocking development.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
3 Mike Gesicki #88 – Penn St 6-5 250 – Sp. 4.55
Player Comparison: Jimmy Graham Rating 85
Talented, athletic flex tight end has been a key part of the potent Nittany Lion offense since starting late in his freshman season. Earned All-American honors in 2017 and completed his career with a very impressive NFL Combine workout. As a pass receiver, displays soft natural hands and is very comfortable extending and catching away from his body. Adept at adjusting to off target throws and hauling them in. Smooth catching crossing routes in stride, even against very tight coverage and can be a fine runner after the catch. Reliable as a check down receiver in the flat, curls or crossing routes. Fine length and frame to add weight. Very good speed and leaping ability that creates difficult mismatches for any defense. Shows a nice feel for finding soft spots in the short and middle zones and knows how to slide laterally and give his QB an open target. Very effective weapon in the red zone with 14 of his 15 career TDs over the past two seasons. Frame to get bigger with his weight fluctuating from the mid 230s to mid 240s and appears lean in that weight range. Willing blocker, but marginally effective. Capable of turning his man out and mirror off on outside. Struggles drive blocking an opponent off the line, though able to lock often and keep the defender out of the play. Blocked effectively on the 2nd level when lined up at the flex spot or as a move H-back. Displays good extension and balance, but marginal strength to move defenders out of the hole.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 57 passes for 563 yards for a 9.9 yard average and 9 TDs that earned 1st team Big Ten. As a junior, he started 14 games and made 48 catches for 679 yards for a 13.1 average and 5 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 129 catches for 1481 yards and 15 TDs. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 247 lbs. and 6’6” with 34 1/8” arms and big 10 1/4” hands. He did 22 reps and ran a 4.54 sprint time. He did a 41.5” VL, 10’9” BJ, 4.10 shuttle and 6.76 three cone. He looked strong in the positional drills. Similar to Jimmy Graham in mobility and skill set.
The Skinny: Smooth fluid mover with natural receiving skills. Contributor in a number of roles especially as an H-back performer with the movement skills to be a fine complimentary weapon. Blue chip athlete with highly developed receiving skills to be a difference maker in the pro game. Well-developed top 60 prospect with upside to start early in the right system that plays multiple sets and uses an H-back regularly. Probable 2nd day pick and one of the best receiving tight ends in this good draft class. Impact addition and significant red zone factor, though a one-dimensional performer currently.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
4 * Hayden Hurst #81 – South Carolina 6-4 250 – Sp. 4.70
Player Comparison: Tyler Eifert Rating 83
Athletic mobile overage junior flashed big play talent in 2017 that led to declaring for the NFL Draft. A former baseball player will be a 25-year-old rookie after being a walk-on at SC. Earned SEC first team honors. Set new school records for the position. Lined up more as a flex performer over his two starting seasons at South Carolina. Fluid athlete with top athleticism to press the middle of the field and naturally run the seam. Agile and flexible to change directions or go up for the ball. Natural hands catcher with run after the catch ability that is just being tapped into after only two starting seasons. Fast developing receiver with huge upside as a vertical threat. Angular specimen with growth potential which will help him improve as a blocker. Long arms (32 ¾”), footwork and agility to be an effective movement blocker with further technique work. Greatest asset is his raw playmaking ability. Early contribution as flex receiver and H-back with the receiving skills to become a difference maker. High grades for top overall development and receiving skills. Improving route runner with good instincts to read and adjust to coverage. Able to catch outside the frame with a huge receiving radius. Settles in the soft spots in zones to move the chains. Dangerous on crossing routes with fine run after the catch ability and speed to break a play. Must improve getting off the line and beating the jam to get a clean release. Needs work at the breakpoint to separate better and improve his footwork. Tough in the shorter zones on hooks, curls and underneath routes with good hands and the ability to adjust. Separates well and snatches the ball in a crowd. Difficult red zone receiver and a tough matchup in single coverage, though has a limited route tree. As blocker, he is quick on the snap with angular athletic frame, though only marginal hand usage with an inconsistent surge at the point of attack. Needs development blocking, including better hand placement, lower body power and footwork. In limited time inline, he graded out only marginal as a blocker, relying more on athleticism than sound technique and functional strength. Frame to fill out and be more an effective inline blocker. As a move blocker, gets into opponent on 2nd level and shows quickness to sustain. On the move, shows the talent to seal and neutralize with the agility to reach backers, though needs technique and strength work to grade out average.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 44 passes for 559 yards, a 12.7 yard average and 2 TDs, earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and totaled 48 receptions for 616 yards and 1 TDs, earning SEC honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 250 lbs. and over 6’4” with 32 3/4” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 4.67 time and did not lift. Added a 31.5” VJ and a 10’ BJ with 4.37 shuttle and 7.19 three cone. Looked good in the positional drills with the agility to adjust to the pass. Similar to Tyler Eifert and Jordan Cameron in size, potential, AA and receiving radius.
The Skinny: Mobile sure handed prospect with good athleticism to play in a multiple set attack with fast developing skills and LOD as a receiver. Nice addition with the physical talent to give an offense versatility and a playmaker. As a receiver, he has upside as a playmaker with soft hands, fine movement skills and good speed to stretch the seam. Versatile athlete and top 100 prospect and rising 2nd day addition with the talent to become an NFL surprise in the right offense, though one dimensional. Big play potential with route work and defense recognition improvement.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
5 Durham Smythe #80 – Notre Dame 6-5 255 – Sp. 4.80
Player ComparisonAnthony Fasano Rating 80
Strong fifth year senior was a dependable well rounded veteran who started two seasons for the Irish. Long strong frame with natural movement skills and the functional strength to be a complete NFL starter. Unfortunately, he played in the struggling Irish offense that relied on power ground game featuring Josh Adams. Tall, muscular physique with average 31 3/4” arms and 9 1/4” hands and capable of lining up inline, the flex role or H-back position with equal success. Gives an offense a highly developed versatile performer for a multitude of sets. Reliable weapon in the passing game with natural talent to give an offense a threat in the short, middle or deep seam. As a receiver, he was very underutilized with most of his responsibilities as a blocker. Irish passers have been very inconsistent over the past three seasons. Displays sure hands and the ability to extend and pluck the ball and secure it. Shows ability to find holes in coverage as well as separate and use his long frame to lay off or shield defenders. Though not an explosive performer, he gets off the line nicely and efficiently to get into his routes with fine footwork to create consistent separation. Big powerful frame, strong hands and ease of movement skills to continue to develop. Runs crisp routes, extends for the ball well and is a natural hands catcher. Can catch in stride, turn up field and run well after the catch and will fight for every yard. Very likely the best blocker in this class with further upside. Equally effective blocking on the move, inline, or in pass protection, where he is like a sixth offensive lineman. Locks on, sustains well and keeps his feet moving when blocking inline. Often moves across the formation after the snap to seal off the front side defensive end or outside linebacker. Coordinated movements and gets good fits blocking outside on the 2nd level consistently. Takes pride in his blocking ability also and it was vital to the balanced Irish attack. Fine all-around prospect and physical specimen with starting grade.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 15 passes for 244 yards and 1 TD. As a junior, he started 12 games and made 9 catches for 112 yards for a 12.4 average and 4 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 28 catches for 381 yards and 6 TDs. He has the potential to be a much better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 253 lbs. and 6’5” with 31 3/4” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He ran a 4.81 time with a 31” VL and a 9’2” BJ. Added 18 reps along with 4.23 shuttle and a 7.17 three cone. Similar to Anthony Fasano in size, mobility, development and skill set.
The Skinny: Blue-collar prospect who is capable of becoming a complete starter with development. Contributor in a number of roles especially as an inline blocker and short zone receiver. Eventually a two-way performer with above average type speed. Rated a top 100 athlete here, but not used properly to showcase his talent. Marginal top 125-150 prospect currently with well-developed skill set and the upside to become a solid starter once he settles into a system. Major steal for the patient club that gets him into system as a #2 and use him properly both inline and as a move performer. Highly underrated prospect with the complete package to be a fine NFL starter in time.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
6 Ian Thomas #80 – Indiana 6-4 260 – Sp. 4.65
Player Comparison Clive Walford Rating 78
Long athletic physical specimen was a vital part of the Hoosiers’ offense during his breakout 2017 season. Looks the part with an athletic frame, long arms and deceptive speed to continue to develop. Earned some Big Ten honors in 2017 that warranted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. His height and long length allow him to extend and pull down the high passes and make him a physical mismatch for most linebackers and defensive backs. Among the best average per reception for any tight end in the draft and indicative of his ability to stretch the middle of the field. Used mainly as a move tight end rather than inline and currently one-dimensional for his early NFL career. Learning how to use his size well, whether as a blocker for the running game or using his wide wingspan as a receiver. Runs good routes and eats up the cushion of the defender with his long strides. Comes out of his breaks to create separation, though needs work at the breakpoint to run disciplined routes. When the ball is in the air he knows how to go get it using his large sure hands to secure the catch. As a drive blocker, he is not as effective and displays inconsistent hand usage and shows only average functional power to get movement at the point. He can effectively wall off a defender, sustain, and keep him out of the play. Needs to use his muscular frame better to compete in the more physical NFL game.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 10 games and caught 25 passes for 376 yards, 15 yard average and 5 TDs while earning Big Ten honorable mention. As a junior, he started 1 of 13 games and made 3 catches for 28 yards and no TDs. He has the potential to be a nice NFL playmaker. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 259 lbs. and 6’4”. He did not lift but ran a fine 4.65 sprint time. He did a 36” VL, 10’3” BJ, 4.20 shuttle and 7.15 three cone. He looked strong in the positional drills. He is similar to Clive Walford in size, mobility and overall skill set.
The Skinny: Long receiver with the speed to stretch the seam in the vertical game. Capable of surprising and becoming a starter as a flex pass catcher. Dangerous red zone receiver. Rising middle round addition with the talent to be a weapon with definite upside as a pro. Top 125 prospect with developed receiving skills to give a team a different dimension in the middle. Probable early 3rd day pick with a high ceiling for today’s game, though still raw in many aspects of the game and needs time to develop.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
7 * Dalton Schultz #9 – Stanford 6-5 245 – Sp. 4.75
Player Comparison: Gary Barnridge Rating 75
Lanky mobile fourth year junior hopes to follow a long history of Cardinal tight ends on to the NFL. Tall athlete with sure hands to be a two-way pro with further development. Long frame for the position with underdeveloped physique, though definite growth potential to add 10-20 lbs. Technically sound blocker with good extension and hand usage to gain control over a defender. Thin base with marginal power to drive an opponent off the line, though he is a battler with a sound technique. He was a key blocker in the success of tailback Bryce Love who had an incredible 2017 season. As a pass receiver, shows good movement and receiving skills. He uses his basketball background and leaping ability to get off the ground and compete for the ball at its apex. Effective at using his frame to box out defenders and secure the pass. Shows fine hands and the ability to adjust and haul in off target throws. Erratic catching the ball at times with only minimal opportunities. Possesses slightly better than average speed for the position, though he gets good separation from defenders with nice footwork at the breakpoint. As a run blocker, he shows sound technique and footwork with marginal strength for blocking in line. At times, he can struggle to lock on, control and sustain, lacking the power and core strength to move defenders off the line. Usually effective when called upon to seal the edge, though most of his experience was on the move. Struggles facing defensive ends. Usually aligned as an H-back move role that allows him to get into a route easily. Projects well as an H-back which minimizes his strength and physicality issues. When he has the ball in his hands after the catch though, he can be a powerful and determined runner. Uses a stiff arm to keep tacklers at bay and will lower his shoulder upon contact and drive for extra yardage. Aided by the versatility to line up effectively at either inline or H-back.
The Numbers: As a junior, he made 22 catches for 212 yards for a 9.6 yard average and 3 TDs in 11 starts. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and made 23 catches for 222 yards for a 9.7 average and 1 TDs. For his career, he played in 38 games and totaled 55 receptions for 555 yards, a 10.1 yard average and 5 TDs. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 244 lbs. and 6’5”. He did 15 reps and ran a 4.75 time and did a 32” VL and 10’ BJ with 4.40 shuttle and 7.0 three cone drills. Looked good in the positional drills. Similar to in size, mobility, speed and skills.
The Skinny: Falling prospect off average production and concerns related to inline blocking at the NFL level. Capable of surprising and becoming a quality early #2 performer. Contributor in a number of roles especially as an H-back and short zone receiver. Eventually with strength and technique development can become a solid pro inline blocker. Underrated 3rd day addition with the talent to improve. Top 200 prospect with developing blocking technique and improving receiving skill set. Upside to become a key role player once he settles into an offense. Good late addition with skills to be a two-way performer.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round
8 Christopher Herndon #23 – Miami (Fl) 6-4 250 – Sp. 4.65
Player Comparison: Eric Ebron Rating 75
Mobile senior tight end with nice versatility and consistent production over two starting seasons. Final season ended with a late November 2017 knee injury which terminated any postseason workouts. His pro career will probably be delayed until early 2018. Displays fine receiving skills with sound routes, soft hands and keen understanding of roles. Lines up at multiple spots – wideout, inline, flex and the H-back roles with equal success. Displays the ability to catch outside the frame and body control to adjust for difficult receptions. Able to use his athletic frame, leaping ability and overall agility to shield defenders away from the ball. As inline blocker, gets good leverage with only marginal functional strength. Gets into an opponent quickly with an adequate hand placement and footwork to wall off an opponent. Lacks the leg strength to drive and get consistent movement. Seals the corner well and effective on the move. Developed receiver for package offensive schemes. Creates separation and provides a fine target especially in short and red zones. Good deceptive speed to get into deep seam, though mainly a threat in the short and intermediate zones with ability to settle into holes in coverage and provide a consistent target. Developing route tree and good movement skills to create a difficult matchup. Versatile weapon on the clock with ability to lineup at multiple spots vs set scheme.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 11 games before a knee injury ended his Miami career. He caught 40 passes for 477 yards for an 11.9 yard average and 4 TDs. Earned 2nd team ACC honors. As a junior, he caught 28 passes for 334 yards and 2 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 86 receptions for 1048 yards and 7 TDs for over 12 yards per reception. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 231 lbs. with 33” arms. He did not workout other than adding 21 reps.
The Skinny: Athletic developed receiver with soft hands and the separation speed to be a factor in a passing game. He is a good runner after the catch with the speed to break plays and make yardage. He will catch in traffic, as well as fight for yardage after the catch. Speed to stretch the field and a threat in the seam. Fine receiving skills gives an offense an added dimension. Natural pass catcher and a high-level H-back prospect and similar in many ways to Dwayne Allen in size, AA and receiving skills. Marginal top 150 prospect off his injury. One-dimensional performer with well-rounded receiving skills. Versatile playmaker with starting potential, especially as an H-back performer. Falling prospect off his MCL knee injury, though a late steal if he falls to the latter 3rd day.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round
9 Troy Fumagalli #81 – Wisconsin 6-5 250 – Sp. 4.85
Player Comparison: Kevin Boss Rating 70
Lanky senior has been very productive over his Badger career, providing a consistent sure target in the short and intermediate zones. Performed well in their nationally ranked power ground game where he was an effective blocker, in addition to his fine receiving skills. As a receiver, he is a straight-line runner who gets off the line nicely and runs precise routes. He uses his tall frame to create a fine target especially in the short zones. Displays sure hands despite missing a left index finger from birth. Very reliable pass catcher who sits nicely in coverage with body control to snatch passes in a crowd. Working mostly in the short zones, he is a reliable pass catcher who moves the chains consistently. Able to use every inch of his size and reach to extend for errant passes or get down low and scoop them in at his shoe tops. Makes difficult catches look easy with some of the most spectacular and clutch receptions in recent memories. Long lanky frame with room to add some more muscle mass. Possesses only adequate speed, though savvy knowing openings in coverage. Enough speed to at least be a threat to challenge the seam. As a blocker, he is effective and competitive, but fails to show an explosive burst off the line to get consistent movement. Able to lock on to an opponent and keep his feet driving to fight defenders. Able to wall off and mirror edge defenders.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 12 games and caught 46 passes for 547 yards with 4 TDs and an 11.9 yard average per catch, earning some Big Ten honors. As a junior, he started 14 games and caught 47 passes for 580 yards and 2 TDs. Over his career, he caught 135 passes for 1627 yards receiving and 7 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 247 lbs., 6’5” with 32” arms. Did 14 reps and no other events due to a hip injury. Similar in many ways to Scott Chandler in size, speed, AA and receiving skills. Growth potential and the frame to carry in the 260 lbs. range.
The Skinny: Solid athlete with fast improving LOD to help immediately at either TE or H-back. Provides a reliable outlet target with wide receiver type catching skills to be a factor in a passing game. As a blocker, he needs development especially from an overall strength perspective. Knows where to break off routes and sit in holes. Probably slides into the middle of the 3rd day. Good prospect with well-rounded and developing talent to become a good #2 tight end in time and a possible NFL starter. Nice upside once he settles into an offense. Clubs like the Packers, Patriots and Jets interested. Marginal top 150 prospect.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round
10 Tyler Conklin #83 – Central Michigan 6-3 255 – Sp. 4.80
Player Comparison: Coby Fleener Rating 65
Aggressive senior tight end has been a force in the MAC the past three seasons, operating mainly as an H-back. Earned MAC honors following his final two seasons. Former basketball player with fine receiving skills to continue to develop at the NFL level. Made a nice conversion to the CM football team. Adequate size with fine mobility and natural hands and agility to fill all the roles of a pro H-back. As a blocker, he lacks strength with adequate technique to grade out only average during his career. Primarily used as a very effective H-back where he was a very reliable pass catcher with good run after the catch abilities. Shows quickness on the snap with proper hand position to gain early control of a defender though marginal strength and power to get movement and sustain. Effective on the 2nd level where he fits on backers consistently. As an outlet receiver or safety valve, he is especially dangerous on the shallow cross when he secures the ball and turns upfield. Shows he will fight for extra yardage with deceptively good power. Understands coverage and holes in zones with the ability to sit and provide a good target. Gains separation with good footwork at the breakpoint. Sure-handed weapon in red zone to beat single coverage and use his lanky frame to shield a defender from the ball. Blocking is a liability currently. Fires off the ball well, but needs further technique and strength work to get consistent movement. Uses his average frame, good footwork and arms adequately in space. Able to down block effectively and finishes well. Nice complimentary H-Back type. Can surprise blocking on the 2nd level.
The Numbers: As a senior, his production fell due to a foot injury. Started 8 games and caught 35 passes for 504 yards, a 14.4 yard average and 5 TDs. Earned MAC honorable mention. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 42 passes for 560 yards and 6 TDs, displaying fine receiving skills while being used in a number of roles. Earned MAC 2nd team honors. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 254 lbs. and 6’3” with 33” arms and 9 ½” hands. He ran a 4.80 time and did 18 reps. Added a 38” VL and a 10’ BJ with 4.23 shuttle and a 7.13 three cone agility drills. Similar to Coby Fleener in potential, mobility and receiving talent.
The Skinny: Shows developed pass catching ability with good speed to make plays. Marginal functional strength, good footwork and improving technique to carry out the blocking assignments. Can develop into an adequate pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Impressive H-back and capable of surprising in camp and become a core role performer in an offense. Definite make it grade there if his foot checks out medically. Late steal as 3rd day addition to become a serviceable backup TE.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round
11 * Ryan Izzo #81 – Florida St 6-5 255 – Sp. 4.90
Player Comparison: Luke Willson Rating 65
Competitive mobile senior has started since early in his sophomore season earning ACC honors his final two seasons. Highly rated HS recruit with well rounded skills especially blocking from a few alignments. Well-built deceptive athlete with good footwork and strong hands to be a very developed blocker who equally lined up inline or flexed out. Very aggressive and competitive effort as a blocker. Effective in that role and works hard to sustain, whether blocking inline or on the move. Strong quick hands with good extension to lock on with the agility and knee bend to move his feet. Able to keep his balance and mirror off well with a strong push to consistently get movement once engaged. As a receiver, he snatches the ball with reliable hands to secure it well. Instinctive for finding soft spots in zones to provide a good target, though his production was average working in FSU’s changing QB situation. As a pass catcher, he runs good routes in the short to intermediate areas, while showing fine concentration to extend and catch away from his body. Gives good effort as a runner and will fight for every yard, though only marginal speed. Multi-talented prospect with the skills to fill a few key roles immediately which enhances his value. Early high level #2 performer with versatility. As a senior, he started 9 of 13 games and recorded 20 catches for 317 yards, 15.9 yard average and 3 TDs. Earned 2nd team ACC honors. Participated in the Senior Bowl after the season. Displayed reliable hands and body control at practices. Over the 2016 season, started 13 games and caught 19 passes for 227 yards and 1 TD. Most of his receptions went for first downs. At the NFL Combine, checked in at just under 6’5” and 255 lbs. with 32 1/8” arms and 9” hands. He did 18 reps and ran 4.94 time with a 33” VL and 9’2” BJ. Added a 4.43 shuttle and a 7.15 three cone. Tough prospect with fast developing skills and good understanding of passing game. Gets open consistently. Potential to be an early factor in two TE sets. As H-back performer, is efficient and productive. Uses his mobility and developed technique to grade out well as a blocker. Makes good initial contact at the line to be very effective in two TE sets. Mobile well-rounded prospect and top 200 pick with developing physical tools to become a key role performer. Underrated prospect and similar to Luke Willson in size, AA and receiving skills. Likely to hear his name called in the mid-3rd day area. Talent to flourish in systems like the Patriots, Chiefs and Giants. Quality underrated versatile role performer.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round
12 David Wells #88 – San Diego St 6-5 255 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 65
Tall mobile prospect benefited from an invitation to the NFL Combine after a strong late career performance. Two-year starter and earned 2nd team MWC honors his final two seasons. Big body athlete with strong base and good arm length to become a two-way NFL performer. An NFL skill set with good movement skills and receiving talent. Performed well late in his career vs D1 competition. Nice hands with the ability to snatch the ball and make the tough catch. Strong base and nice reach with the functional strength and technique to show fine power especially lower body. Tough matchup where his height, reach and leaping ability gives him a clear advantage. Good functional strength to get consistent movement with nice footwork and technique to carry out blocking assignments. Effective agile wall off blocker and gets consistent arm extension to keep defenders out of the play. As a senior, he caught 9 passes for 133 yards and 2 TDs with outstanding blocking for 2000-yard rusher, Rashaan Penny. Earned 2nd team MWC. As a junior, he started in 14 games and caught 25 passes for 294 yards and 4 TDs, earning 2nd team honors. He was instrumental in the 2000-yard rushing performance of current Eagles’ Donne Pumphrey. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 256 lbs. and just under 6’6” and 32 1/4” arms. He ran in the 4.75 time and did 20 reps. He added a 33” VL, 9’8” BJ, 4.59 shuttle and 7.50 three cone times. Looked good in the passing drills. Shows well-developed pass catching ability with marginal speed to make plays. Dangerous in the red zone where he provides a huge target. Development to be a quality inline pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage and improved lower body strength. Also, capable of making a roster on his receiving talent and potential. Two-way performer with fine blocking skills to be used in a number of roles. Carries a definite make it grade as a top #2 backup. Good late addition with interesting upside to become a versatile backup and a steal on the late 3rd day. Developing prospect with well-rounded talent to become a solid #2 tight end in time and a possible NFL starter. Nice upside once he settles into an offense. Marginal top 200 prospect.
13 Will Dissly #98 – Washington 6-4 260 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 65
Physical senior tight end has good size and length to win a backup role as a pro. Two-year starter for the Huskies and used primarily as an inline blocker for their powerful ground game. Strong frame with good arm length (33 ¼”) and violent hands to be a very effective blocker. Wide base to get a powerful push at the line and drive an opponent off the line. He was instrumental in the Huskie relentless rushing attack that ranked nationally. More than a one-dimensional blocker and a deceptive athlete who tested out fairly well in the agility drills. Effective as an outlet receiver or safety valve on hooks and curls in the shorter zones. Can be dangerous on the shallow cross, especially when he turns up field and fights for extra yardage. Shows power, though has only average speed. Blocking is his best asset and is a prospect who was a key part in this balanced attack. Comes off the ball well and gets consistent movement. Uses big frame, good footwork, and long arms well at the POA. Able to down block effectively and can collapse one side of a line when he bends his knees. Capable when blocking on the 2nd level with efficient footwork to take proper angles. Good balance and able to lock on and wall off a backer to sustain and finish. Underrated complimentary #2 for a team with an athletic receiving H-Back type. During his two seasons, he caught only 25 passes mainly in the short zones. As a senior, he started 11 of 13 games and caught 21 passes for 289 yards and 2 TDs. As a junior, he started in 5 of 14 games and caught 4 passes for 47 yards and 1 TD, displaying fine blocking skills while being used in a number of roles. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.87 time and added 15 reps, with a 28” VL, 9’3” BJ, a 4.40 shuttle and 7.07 three cone. Shows reliable pass catching ability, though not a threat in the deep seam. Fine functional strength, footwork and technique to carry out all the blocking assignments. Can develop into a good pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Physicality inline will impress NFL coaches. Capable of being a surprise in camp. Definite make it grade as a blocking #2 TE. Steal as a 3rd day pick to become a serviceable backup TE.
14 Marcus Baugh #85 – Ohio St 6-3 245 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 62
Athletic H-back receiving tight end has been a key performer for the Buckeyes filling a few roles in their balanced offense. Mobile performer with the skill set to compete at the next level, but is currently rehabbing 2018 shoulder surgery. Part of the Buckeyes’ four consecutive bowl victories. Quick on the snap and into his routes and can accelerate out of his breaks to gain separation. Natural hands catcher who extends and plucks with long arms. Willing to fight for the ball in a crowd. Receiving skills and physical tools to be a tough match up even vs safeties or linebackers. Well-built with very long arms (33 1/2”) and broad shoulders. Some RAC ability with skills after catch and will compete well for additional yardage. Tracks deeper passes well from all angles. More athlete than complete football player currently. Tools to be a developmental prospect at this point. Good pass catching skills with keen understanding of coverage and ability to get open and sit in holes. Can run deep seam and track ball over his shoulder. When lined up in the slot can create interesting mismatches. Well-rounded natural receiving skill set will allow him to fill H-back role, possibly as rookie. Runs good routes, though can round off his patterns at times. As blocker, needs extensive development and not accomplished especially inline. Marginal hand punch and technique to get into defender with average functional strength to sustain. Currently below average especially inline. Shows the quickness and agility to block on the 2nd level and wall off a defender, though needs further technique and strength development. Developing receiving prospect with good hands and the speed to stretch the field in the deep seam. Speed allows him to break plays that give an offense a dangerous H-back and #2 tight end in time. As a senior, he started 14 games and caught 28 passes for 304 yards a 10.9 yard average and 5 TDs. As a junior in 2016, he played 13 games and caught 24 passes for 269 yards and 2 TDs, earning Big Ten honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he not lift. He checked in at 247 lbs. at over 6’3” with 10’ Hands. He ran a 4.81 time, 33” VL, 9’9” BJ and a 4.51 shuttle and 7.28 three cone. This is a quality movement player with the hands and running skills to be a factor especially in the red zone. Underrated backup TE and a high-level H-back performer, though he may be limited to that as a pro. Quality one dimensional player must pass the medical to play up to his talent. Marginal top 250 prospect.
15 Jordan Thomas #83 – Mississippi St 6-5 265 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 60
Huge raw athlete came on over his senior season seeing extensive action and showing the skill set to become an NFL starter. Only a one-year starter after a JC career where he was the #1 tight end prospect. Big frame with long arms (34 1/8”) and huge (11”) hands. He moves well for a player of his dimensions and was used at tight end and wide receiver. Agile tough versatile tight end became a reliable performer over his short career, making nice late progress. Improved as an inline performer both as a blocker and getting off the line as a receiver. Good size and deceptive speed with further upside to become a potential NFL quality backup. Developing all around receiving skills to compete for time as a big H-Back or blocking #2 type. Quick on snap and uses long arms and technique to gain an advantage. Plays with leverage. Can be an effective blocker including inline or flexed, pass or run blocking. Adequate speed and acceleration with a burst off the line initially into routes to gain separation out of his breaks. Reliable route runner with dependable hands and footwork. Able to find soft spots in short zones and reads coverage fairly well and use his big body to shield off defenders. Lacks second gear to make yardage in open field. Emerging red zone threat with ability to wall off defenders and provide a fine target. Good body control to high point and use his length to adjust to the ball with reliable hands and concentration to make tough catches. Shows good lateral agility to block on the move and fill an H-back role. Adept at combo blocks on defensive ends and gets to 2nd level adequately with the ability to fit on backers. Good length, marginal base to anchor vs big defenders. Developing hand usage to control and adjust to secondary moves. Could use a year in weight program to add strength necessary to be effective pro blocker. As a senior, he started 5 of 13 games and caught 22 passes for 263 yards and 3 TDs. As a junior, he played in 12 games and had 9 catches for 48 yards and 1 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.74 time and did 16 reps with a 27” VL and 9’3” BJ. Added a 4.75 shuttle and a 7.50 three cone. Currently only an adequate blocker with developing receiving skills, though making fast progress. Developing talent to fill all the #2 roles. Moves fairly well for his size and movement skills to be effective. 4Good late round value as a high-level backup with the skill set to get better once he settles into an offense.
16 Cam Serigne #85 – Wake Forest 6-2 240 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 62
Athletic H-back/tight end has been a two-time ACC performer while becoming the ACC and school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage. Mobile athlete with smallish frame and good movement skills to compete at the next level. Well-built athlete with average arms and broad shoulders. Quick on the snap and into his routes and can accelerate out of his breaks to gain separation. Natural hands catcher who extends and plucks outside the frame. Willing to fight for the ball in a crowd. Receiving skills and physical tools to be a tough match up for either safeties or linebackers. Good RAC ability with skills after reception and will fight for additional yardage. Dangerous outlet receiver who creates nice separation to provide his QB a fine reliable target. Runs crisp short and intermediate routes, especially crossing routes and outs that are vital to moving the chains. Tracks deeper passes well, though lacks top speed to be a consistent factor in that role. Well-developed pass catching skills with keen understanding of coverage and ability to get open and sit in holes. When lined up in the flex position, he moves well in movement as a hybrid H-back that creates interesting mismatches. Well-rounded natural receiving skills will allow him to fill H-back and fullback roles, possibly as rookie. Runs good routes and a fine fit for today’s NFL game with multiple sets often. As blocker, needs development and is not accomplished overall especially inline. Marginal hand punch and technique to get into defender with average functional strength to sustain. Shows the quickness and agility to block on the 2nd level and to wall off a defender, though needs further technique and strength development. Developed prospect with good hands and deceptive speed allows him to break plays and give an offense a dangerous #2 tight end. As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 44 passes for 556 yards a 12.6 yard average and 9 TDs. Earned 1st team ACC honors. As a junior, he started 12 games, missing the Florida St contest. He caught 30 passes for 426 yards, 14.2 yard average and 3 TDs, earning ACC 3rd team honors. Over his career, he set new ACC records for receptions with 174 catches and 2075 yards. Set school career mark for TD receptions with 21 scores. Performed well at the East-West practices filling all the movement roles. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 240 lbs. at 6’2” and ran a 4.97 time. He did 17 reps and added a 32” VL and 9’1” BJ plus 7.09 three cone and 4.34 shuttle drills. High quality movement player with the hands and running skills to be a factor. Underrated backup TE and a developed H-back performer, though he may be limited to that as a pro. Good one-dimensional player with the talent to fill a key early role in an NFL offense. Marginal top 200 prospect and solid role performer.
17 Deon Yelder #19 – Western Kentucky 6-3 255 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 60
Athletic senior has been an unsung performer in the WK potent passing attack which has put up incredible numbers the past few seasons. Strong frame with good footwork to be effective as a two-way performer. Able to down block effectively and can collapse one side of a line when he does. Niftier than one would expect when blocking on the 2nd level. Good base and balance and able to lock on and wall off a backer when called upon to do so. Sustains and finishes well in all facets of blocking while playing to the whistle. Capable of rolling his hips and get consistent movement. Nice complimentary #2 to team with an athletic H-Back type. As a senior, played in 13 games and caught 52 passes for 688 yards and 7 TDs, earning C-USA honorable mention. As a junior, he played in 14 games and displayed fine blocking skills while being used in a number of roles. He had no receiving statistics. Made a huge blocked extra point in double OT vs Middle Tennessee which enabled them win the East division and go on to win the C-USA title. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 254 lbs. and 6’4” and ran in the 4.74 time and did 18 reps and added a 33” VL. Shows developing pass catching ability with deceptive speed to get into the seam and make a play. Fine functional strength and footwork with good technique to carry out blocking assignments. Can develop into a good #2 pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Physical inline blocking will impress NFL coaches. Capable of being a surprise in camp with progress as a short zone receiver. Prospect with definite make it grade as a blocker with improving movement skills. Fine late steal to become a serviceable backup and possible lining up at fullback at times. Makeup of a quality special teams’ performer especially blocking field goals.
18 Shane Wimann #35 – Northern Illinois 6-3 250 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 62
Mobile senior tight end with nice versatility and consistent production over his final two starting seasons. Displays fine receiving skills with sound routes and keen understanding of soft spots in coverage. Lined up at multiple spots – inline, fullback and H-back with equal success. Displays the ability to catch outside the frame with the body control to adjust for difficult receptions. Strong frame with nice agility and footwork to both catch and block in a few key roles. Plays with leverage and gets good use of his deceptive lower body strength. Shows soft hands and the developed receiving skills to be a huge factor in the passing game especially the red zone. He is very adept at getting open, displaying quick footwork and the ability to retain his speed at the breakpoint and separate in coverage. He was especially dangerous in the red zone where most of his TD receptions came from over his last two seasons. He uses his strong frame to shield off defenders with the ability to extend and catch the ball naturally. He comes out of a few spots in an offense that creates mismatches vs linebackers and safeties. As an inline blocker, gets good leverage with adequate functional strength. Gets into an opponent quickly with good hand placement and the footwork to wall off. Lacks the leg strength to drive and get consistent movement, though seals the corner very well. He is very effective on the move with the agility to get position on the 2nd level to fit on backers. Highly developed receiver for package offensive schemes. Creates separation and provides a fine target with deceptive speed to get into the seam. Real threat in the short and intermediate zones with ability to settle into holes in coverage and provide a consistent target. His versatility creates a difficult matchup and weapon on the play clock with ability to lineup at multiple spots depending on set scheme. As a senior, he started 12 games and caught 30 passes for 283 yards for a 10 yard average and 7 TDs that earned MAC first team honors. As a junior, he started 12 games and caught 24 passes for 254 yards and 6 TDs and MAC honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’3” and 251 lbs. with 31” arms and 9 1/8’ hands. He runs in the 4.95 range with 19 reps, 30.5” VL, 9’3” BJ, 4.99 shuttle and 7.20 three cone. Athletic developed receiver with very reliable hands and the separation speed to be a factor in a pro passing game. Good runner after the catch with adequate speed to break plays. He will catch in traffic, as well as fight for yardage after the catch. Fine receiving skills gives an added dimension and a natural pass catcher and a high-level H-back prospect. Marginal top 200 prospect off strong late career production. One of the most underrated prospects in this class. Skills to be a red zone factor and versatile playmaker with starting potential, especially as an H-back.
19 * Jordan Akins #88 – Central Florida 6-3 245 – Sp. 4.90, Rating 62
Mobile athletic tight end has been a two-year starter and valuable part of the CF attack after a short baseball career. Earned first team AAC honors for the undefeated Knights. Agile athlete with nice movement skills and the fine length and the leaping ability to be a difficult matchup for defensive backs. Shows soft hands and good body control to become a hybrid tight end/wideout with quality skill set. Changed positions from wide receiver to tight end in the spring of 2017 to take advantage of his 6-3, 245 lb. frame and athletic potential as both a blocking and pass-catching tight end. Versatile to fill a few roles though most of his contribution will be as a receiver from different formations. As a receiver, he looks natural with soft hands and fine hand-eye coordination. Can catch the ball smoothly over his shoulder in full stride and able to adjust for off target throws and pluck the ball out of the air with ease. Effective on crossing routes where he can catch the ball, turn up field and make yardage with his long strides. His blocking needs work, though he is adequate on the move as an H-Back where he can motion behind the formation and strike a backer. As an inline performer, he is inconsistent to lock on and sustain with marginal movement most of the time. In 2017, he started 11 games and caught 32 passes for 515 yards, 16.1 yard average and 4 TDs, earning 1st team honors. In 2016, he started 7 of 13 games and caught 23 passes for 347 yards and 2 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 249 lbs. but did not workout due to a knee injury. Chance to compete at the next level if his injuries are behind him. Definitely talented as a receiver to become a factor in the multiple sets. Must continue to work on his blocking to become adequate in all areas. Good late gamble with upside potential. Projection to tweener with minimal experience in flex role, though has the hybrid physical skills to surprise.
20 Garrett Dickerson #9 – Northwestern 6-2 245 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 60
Athletic ‘Superback’ has been a valuable part of the Wildcats’ attack since midway of his sophomore season. Earned Big Ten honors his final two seasons. Good movement performer with the speed, hands and agility to become a factor in an NFL offense. Fluid player with good initial quickness off the line and the footwork to run routes and gain separation. Strong despite his average frame. Versatile and effective in all aspects of tight end play. Can block well on the move as an H-Back/fullback where he can motion behind the formation and seal the edge very effectively. Able to lock on and sustain inline and get some movement most of the time. As a receiver, he looks very natural. Possesses soft hands and fine hand-eye coordination. Can catch the ball smoothly over his shoulder in full stride. Able to adjust for off target throws and pluck them out of the air with ease. Effective on crossing routes where he can catch the ball, turn upfield and make yardage. Needs route and defense recognition work to see pro time in the offensive packages. Development to step in and provide a fine role performer for an offense especially as an H-back who can lineup out of the fullback role. In 2017, he started 13 games and added 37 catches for 401 yards and 4 scores for Big Ten honorable mention. In 2016, he started 12 games and added 34 catches for 318 yards and 5 scores for Big Ten honorable mention. For his career, he caught 87 passes for 9 TDs. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 247 lbs. and 6’2” with 32” arms. He ran in the 4.75 time and did 17 reps. He added a 32” VL, 9’8” BJ, 4.47 shuttle and 7.09 three cone times. Versatile role performer with make it grade for two TE sets and H-back/fullback hybrid roles. Top 5-6 FB. Quality late addition with tools to surprise, though needs to prove effective blocking, master the offense quickly and find a niche.
21 Blake Mack #16 – Arkansas St 6-2 225 – Sp. 4.70 Rating 60
Mobile prospect benefited from an invitation to the East-West Shrine game to improve his NFL grade. Tweener athlete with NFL skill set including good movement and natural receiving talent. Performed well vs a lower D1 level of competition. Nice hands with the ability to snatch the ball and big radius to make the tough catch. Deceptive speed to make a play after the reception and one of the sleepers at this position. As a blocker, he lacks a strong base and needs time in an NFL weight room to fill out and get better power especially lower body. Effective as a movement blocker with average footwork to wall off a defender. Needs hand technique work to sustain and be ready for playing time. As a receiver, he is a tough matchup where his height, reach and leaping ability gives him a clear advantage. As a senior, started 12 games and caught 48 passes for 618 yards and 7 TDs, earning first team Sun Belt honors. As a junior, he started 12 of 13 games played and caught 34 passes for 652 yards and 3 TDs, earning Sun Belt honorable mention. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 229 lbs. and 6’2” and ran a 4.72 time. Shows developed pass catching ability with good speed to get into his routes and the ability to run the seam. Shows the ability to separate and track the ball with the savvy to get open and make plays. As a blocker, lacks good functional strength to get consistent movement with only adequate footwork and technique to carry out assignments. Lacks a strong punch and good hand placement to gain control, though has the agility to adjust and maintain leverage. Mainly a wall off blocker needs more power to finish better and to ever matchup vs NFL caliber defenders. Marginal size and maybe never more than marginal as a pro blocker. Capable of making a roster or PS on his receiving talent and potential. Prospect with definite make it grade as a backup. Good addition with interesting upside to become a versatile move H-back or flex performer.
22 DeAndre Goolsby #30 – Florida 6-4 240 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 60
Agile senior was a valuable part of the Gators’ offense since his sophomore season when he was healthy. His final season was terminated by an injury that carried into the 2018 offseason. Long angular frame with soft hands and leaping ability to become a factor in a pro passing game. Displays sure hands and the agility to go up and make a difficult catch. As a receiver, only marginal production with one good season in 2016. Flashed some movement skills to operate from an H-back or flex role to provide a fine target. Thin frame lacks a strong base to get good movement blocking inline. Grades out poorly blocking inline. Adequate as a movement blocker where he can wall off an opponent, though has raw technique and marginal strength to be effective. His game is catching the ball with the leaping ability to be difficult to matchup with in coverage. Sure hands and body control to project to an H-back or Flex role in time. As a senior, played in all 11 games starting 2 games and caught 13 passes for 105 yards and 1 TD. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 38 passes for 342 yards and 3 TDs, earning SEC honorable mention. Displays natural receiving skills while being used in a number of roles, inline, flex or H-back. He did not attend the NFL Combine. He had no pro day scheduled. He checks in at 240 lbs. and over 6’4” and runs in the 4.75-4.80 range regularly. Shows developing pass catching ability with adequate speed to make plays. Lacks functional strength, footwork and technique understanding to carry out the blocking assignments. Very raw as a blocker and needs extensive work especially his hand usage. Physical defenders will give him trouble even to wall off. Gets rag dolled by defensive ends. Capable of being a surprise in camp with progress in route running and making adjustments in coverage. Athletic prospect with make it grade as a receiving H-back hybrid type. Type may need a year on the PS to settle into an offense. Good late gamble to be a fine weapon for an offense.
23 Ryan Yurachek #85 – Marshall 6-1 240 – Sp. 4.70 Rating 60
Mobile senior has been a productive weapon in the Thundering Herd’s program, starting the past three seasons. Earned back to back MAC honors his final two years. Adequate size with good movement skills and the sure hands to be a reliable target for his QB. Adept at finding openings in coverage and able to adjust nicely. Works the short and intermediate zones very well with deceptive speed to make a play after the reception. As a movement blocker, he can seal the edge and fit on backers on the 2nd level. Shows ability to wall off with adequate ability to sustain once engaged. Struggles inline especially over big backers or defensive ends. Gives good effort though his marginal size hinders him and he lacks a strong push to get movement at the point. As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 54 passes for 490 yards and 10 TDs. Earned 2nd team MAC. As a junior, he started in 10 of 11 games and caught 28 passes for 298 yards and 5 TDs. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 240 lbs. and under 6’1” and ran in the 4.79 time and did 18 reps, 32.5: VL 9’5” BJ, 4.44 shuttle and 7.34 three cone. Shows highly developed pass catching ability with good speed to make plays. Separates well at the breakpoint and shows the body control to adjust easily to the pass. Lacks functional strength, only adequate footwork and technique to carry out the blocking assignments. Adequate pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Movement skills will impress NFL coaches. Capable of filling a few roles – mainly H-back, fullback to surprise in camp with development. Prospect with definite make it grade as a receiving/move type #2 TE. Fine redzone weapon to become a good backup role performer mainly as an H-back.
24 Donnie Ernsberger #85 – Western Michigan 6-3 240 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 60
Mobile senior athlete could fill multiple roles in a pro offense. Three-year starter earned MAC honors his final two seasons. Extensive playing time led to improving production while filling a number of roles in their offense. Impressive final season when he was used in a tight end/H-back/fullback role combining good blocking and sure hands as a receiver. Fluid movement skills for an NFL role. Shows good quickness to carry out duties of those positions. Undersized to be ideally suited inline. Has marginal bulk and strength. As a blocker, he is technically sound and very effective from a few alignments. Adequate speed for position, though shows the ability to find soft spots in middle zones. Effective running after the catch. Gets into routes quickly and comes out of breaks well to create separation. Runs precise routes with the ability to separate and the body control to adjust to the pass. Consistent hands and can catch outside frame with the ability to read coverage quickly and adjust his routes. Displays smaller type frame with limited growth potential. Decent athlete gets off the line into routes easily. Quick at the snap when blocking and bends knees to get leverage. More a finesse blocker with the agility and technique to wall off very well, though average power to get a strong push especially inline. Shows quick hands, technique and footwork as move blocker. Can control defenders, though at times struggles to sustain. Mobility to be immediate factor especially in short areas. Releases from line quickly. After the catch, he is tough for a single defender to bring down. Can make yardage on power and speed. Runs crisp routes, especially vs. man coverage. Reliable target working in zones and understands how to sit in the soft spots. As a senior, he caught 34 passes for 394 yards and 4 TDs, starting 12 games and earned 2nd team MAC honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 9 passes for 112 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 241 lbs. and 6’3” and ran in the 4.78 time and did 15 reps. He added a 31” VL, 9’6” BJ, 4.34 shuttle and 7.09 three cone times. Athlete with skills to become a valuable role performer as an H-back hybrid. Developing receiver with the talent to fill a key role performer. Reliable blocker and good movement player with fine versatility. Top 250 prospect.
* Adam Breneman #81 – Massachusetts – 6-4 240 Sp. 4.75 – Retired due to health *
25 Ben Johnson Kansas 6-5 245 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
26 Damon Gibson Minnesota St-Moorhead 6-4 250 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
27 Ethan Wolf Tennessee 6-6 248 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
28 Matt Flanagan Pittsburgh 6-5 260 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
28 Jake Roh – Boise St 6-3 227 – Sp. 4.75 Rating 60
29 Ian Bunting – Michigan 6-6 252 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
30 Jeb Blazevich – Georgia 6-5 245 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
31 Dalton Fackrell – Colorado St 6-3 240 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
32 Brandon Lingen – Minnesota 6-4 254 – Sp. 4.90 Rating 60
33 Andrew Vollert – Weber St 6-6 239 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
34 Garrett Hudson – Richmond 6-3 243 – Sp. 4.90 Rating 60
35 Nathan Marcus – Vanderbilt 6-5 242 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
36 Pharoah McKever – Florida International 6-5 248 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
37 Andrew Caskin – William & Mary 6-4 240 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
38 Jason Reese – Missouri 6-5 255 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
39 Charles Standberry – Louisville 6-3 243 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
40 Nate Wozniak – Minnesota 6-9 280 – Sp. 4.95 Rating 60
41 Cole Hunt – Texas Christian 6-6 255 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
42 Ryan Smith – Miami (Oh) 6-3 265 – Sp. 4.90 Rating 60
43 Alec Bloom – Connecticut 6-5 253 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
44 Devin Pike – Wake Forest 6-5 250 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
45 Tommy Myers – Connecticut 6-5 245 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
46 Troy Mangen – Ohio 6-5 256 – Sp. 4.90 Rating 60
47 Gabe Schrade Texas St 6-3 240 – Sp. 4.90 Rating 60
48 Tyler Cogswell Cincinnati 6-4 248 – Sp. 4.95 Rating 60
49 Steve Baggett East Carolina 6-4 245 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
50 Andrew Beck Texas 6-3 255 – Sp. 4.85 Rating 60
51 Cole Cook North Carolina St 6-5 250 – Sp. 4.90 Rating 60
52 Greg Hart Kentucky 6-5 245 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
53 Connor Wentz North Dakota St 6-3 247 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
54 Shaq Williams Texas-San Antonio 6-3 255 – Sp. 4.95 Rating 60
55 Kevin Rader Youngstown St 6-4 250 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
56 Charlie Reid Texas Christian 6-3 235 – Sp. 4.70 Rating 60
57 Dawson Bassett Oklahoma St 6-3 245 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
58 Connor Ketter Nebraska 6-5 245 – Sp. 4.80 Rating 60
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