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2012 Tight End Reports
Height: 6-3
Weight: 255
40: 4.85
Year: 4Jr

Dwayne Allen

School: Clemson
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season and named to numerous All-American teams last year. Junior totals included 50 receptions/598 yards/8 TDs after he had 33/373/1 the prior year.
Positive: Athletic pass-catching tight end who is best in motion. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, flexible and can adjust as a receiver or blocker. Flexible and gets vertical or reaches backwards to pull the pass from the air. Occasionally lines up as a slot receiver and immediately gets to top speed. Uses his frame to shield away defenders. Smooth, extends his hands and consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Terrific field vision and overall awareness. Sells routes and stays low on exit, positioning himself to make the reception. Good focus and concentration in his all-around game. Makes tough catches and holds onto the ball after taking big hits. Bends his knees, plays with leverage and blocks with good lean. Effective downfield blocker who seals the running lanes open.
Negative: Marginal strength as an in-line blocker and will struggle moving linebackers from the action. Runs well yet lacks downfield speed.
Analysis: Allen is a terrific athlete and natural pass catcher at the tight end position, possessing soft and reliable hands. He lacks ideal measurables for the position but will be effective in a system that keeps him in motion prior to the snap. Allen offers a large amount upside and will be very productive on the NFL level if he continues to progress on the field.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 255
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Matt Balasavage

School: Temple
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter the past three seasons. Caught a single pass as a senior after two receptions the prior year.
Positive: One-dimensional blocking tight end that does a good job with his role. Blocks with good lean, strong at the point of attack and knocks defensive lineman from the action. Works hard, plays with a nasty attitude and quickly gets out to the second level, squaring into linebackers and removing them from the action. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and easily controls one-on-one assignments.
Negative: Struggles getting off the line of scrimmage as a receiver and has difficulty making the tough reception. Marginal speed.
Analysis: Balasavage had minimal production in college yet excelled in his primary duty as a blocker. He could make it as a third tight end or even fullback at the next level.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 240
40: 4.81
Year: 5Sr

Brandon Barden

School: Vanderbilt
Position: TE
Bio: Used as part of the starting lineup the past three seasons. Senior totals included 16 receptions/243 yards/1 touchdown after he posted career-best numbers of 34/425/3 as a junior. Sophomore numbers included 29/367/1.
Positive: Physical tight end with marginal athletic ability for the next level. Bends knees, plays with leverage and works blocks. Extends his hands and offers the quarterback a nice target as a receiver. Uses his frame to shield away defenders. Finds the open spot in the middle of the field and is a solid short-range target.
Negative: Lacks a quick release off the line into pass routes. Has poor speed and is not a downfield threat. Lacks agility and strength as a blocker.
Analysis: Barden was a solid college tight end, but he lacks the size/speed numbers to be anything other than a camp player at the next level.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 257
40: 4.78
Year: 4Sr

Tim Biere

School: Kansas
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 27 receptions/322 yards /2 TDs as a senior after he had 19 receptions for 228 yards the previous year.
Positive: Reliable college tight end with marginal upside. He E(TM)s quick off the snap, works to stay square and attacks blocking assignments. Displays solid blocking vision and is very effective in motion. Proficient at making underneath catches, adjusting to errant throws and looking the ball into his hands.
Negative: Lacks foot speed and is not a downfield threat. Lacks classic tight end size.
Analysis: Biere was a steady player for Kansas the past three years, but he lacks the size, speed and athleticism to be anything other than a third tight end.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 240
40: 4.76
Year: 4Sr

David Blackburn

School: Central Michigan
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after posting career-best numbers of 34 receptions/479 yards/5 TDs. Junior totals included 22/285/3.
Positive: Underrated pass catching tight end who's gone unnoticed in the scouting community. Breaks down well, plays with leverage and displays solid tight end speed. Plays faster than his 40 time, creates mismatches in the secondary and extends to make the difficult catch in a crowd. Nicely adjusts to errant throws. Quickly gets into blocks, plays with a nasty attitude and turns defenders off the line.
Negative: Lacks classic tight end size, blocks with a narrow base and struggles finishing blocks.
Analysis: Since moving into the starting lineup as a junior, Blackburn has shown consistent improvement in all areas of his game. He's shown enough ability on the field to get consideration as a third tight end on the depth chart.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 268
40: 4.93
Year: 5Sr

George Bryan

School: North Carolina State
Position: TE
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 33 receptions/331 yards/4 TDs after he had 35/369/3 as a junior. Posted a career-best 40 receptions in 2009.
Positive: Efficient, reliable tight end who gets the most from his talent. Instinctive, plays heads-up football and always works to make himself an available target. Uses his hands to get off jams at the line of scrimmage and is fluid releasing into pass routes. Gives effort running routes, stays low exiting breaks and positions himself to make the reception. Extends his hands and adjusts backwards to grab the errant throw. Displays good focus, awareness and gets past the sticks on third down to pick up first-down yardage. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and works until the whistle blows.
Negative: Does not show a burst in his game and isn E(TM)t a downfield threat. Does a bit of double catching. Marginal football strength.
Analysis: Bryan was a terrific college tight end, but he lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a backup on the NFL level. With that said, he'll be a reliable role player and an asset to a roster.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.63
Year: 5Sr

Lamont Bryant

School: Morgan State
Position: TE
Bio: All-conference selection as a senior after posting career-best numbers of 21 receptions/371 yards/2 TDs. Struggled with injuries as a junior and finished the year with 5 receptions for 55 yards. Sophomore totals included 18/201/2.
Positive: Athletic tight end who looks like a large possession receiver on the field. Makes difficult catches in the middle of the field. Comes back to the ball to make himself an available target. Consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and works to stays square. Displays awareness as a blocker.
Negative: Does not display a quick release off the line into pass routes. Has adequate tight end speed but is not a true downfield threat. Gives effort blocking yet struggles to finish off opponents.
Analysis: Bryant is athletic and has shown improvement the past three seasons. He projects as a move tight end at the next level and should get practice squad consideration.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 260
40: 4.81
Year: 4Sr

Jake Byrne

School: Wisconsin
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who caught a single pass last season for 14 yards last season after he had 5/43/1 as a junior.
Positive: Tough, slug-it-out blocking tight end who plays with solid fundamentals. Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents and is strong at the point of attack. Turns defenders off the line as a run blocker or stays square and seals them from the action in pass protection. Moves well on his feet. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes.
Negative: Lacks speed and a downfield burst. Average hands as a receiver. Not a big part of Wisconsin's offense.
Analysis: Byrne is a one-dimensional blocking tight end yet is very effective in that single role. Unlikely to be drafted, the ability to be placed on the field as a short-yardage blocker could help him catch on as a team E(TM)s third tight end.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 240
40: 4.49
Year: 4Sr

Derek Carrier

School: Beloit
Position: TE
Bio: Three-sport athlete who participated in basketball, track and field and football for Beloit. All-conference selection since his sophomore season and named to several All-American teams last year. Senior receiving totals included 75 receptions/1250 yards/12 TDs with an average of 16.7 yards per reception.
Positive: Athletic pass catcher with tremendous upside. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, uses his size well and shields defenders from the action. Easily makes the deep reception in stride, adjusting to the errant throw and looking the ball into his hands. Displays a terrific straight-line burst of speed. Takes the big hit yet holds onto the ball. Makes the difficult over-the-shoulder receptions. Consistently catches the ball with his hands. Gives effort blocking downfield and gets results.
Negative: Displays limited quickness in his game and takes a while to get going. Poor route runner who E(TM)s very choppy-footed into breaks. Does not play with great balance and shows stiffness in his game. Will double-catch passes on occasion.
Analysis: Carrier was a productive three-sport athlete in college and has the underlying abilities to play at the next level. He's very athletic and will get consideration at both receiver and tight end.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 251
40: 4.73
Year: 3Jr

Orson Charles

School: Georgia
Position: TE
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons and named an All-American in 2011 after winning all-conference honors the previous year. Receiving totals last year included 45 receptions/574 yards/5 touchdowns after he had 26/422/2 as a sophomore.
Positive: Athletic tight end who is best in motion. Solid route runner who quickly gets into breaks and stays low on exit, promptly positioning himself to make the catch. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Displays the speed necessary to get downfield and create mismatches in the secondary. Catches the ball with his hands and pulls the fastball from the air. Runs well, at times looks more like a large possession receiver and makes some incredibly athletic receptions downfield. Uses his frame to shield away defenders and protect the pass. Makes difficult catches with opponents draped on his back. Easily adjusts to the errant pass and does not break stride to catch the ball. Gives effort blocking, bending his knees and staying square.
Negative: Lacks functional football strength and can be a liability as a blocker. Not a big target for a tight end.
Analysis: Charles is a terrific athlete who's displayed constant improvement on the field the past three seasons and has starting potential at the next level. He best fits a system that puts tight ends in motion before the snap and has them run a variety of routes.

Height: 6-7
Weight: 250
40: 4.73
Year: 5Sr

Josh Chichester

School: Louisville
Position: TE
Bio: Former receiver who moved to tight end and started the past two seasons. Senior totals included 28 receptions/393 yards/2 TDs after he had 22/317/5 as a junior.
Positive: Tall, imposing pass catcher who offers the quarterback a nice target. Displays the ability to come free in underneath coverage. Finds the soft spot in the defense, extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Moves well about the field, easily adjusts to the errant throw and displays solid hands with the ability to pull the ball from the air.
Negative: More of a loping runner who lacks a burst and displays minimal quickness in his game. Tall and struggles to get leverage on opponents as a blocker. Lacks functional football strength.
Analysis: Chichester showed flashes throughout his college career yet never developed a game after moving to the tight end position. He offers potential as a red-zone/third-down pass catcher based on his height and reliable hands, and his height may be an asset on special teams to block kicks.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 255
40: 4.88
Year: 4Sr

Ryan Deehan

School: Colorado
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 24 receptions/322 yards/1 TDs as a senior after 25/249/1 the prior year.
Positive: Solid pass catching tight end best in underneath coverage. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed and makes the tough catch in a crowd. Displays solid eye/hand coordination and consistently makes the reception away from his frame with his hands. Stays square as a blocker, plays with good knee bend and jolts defenders at the point of attack.
Negative: One-speed tight end who's not a downfield threat. Average strength at the point of attack and cannot finish blocks.
Analysis: Deehan is a solid athlete who easily moves about the field. He could make it as a third tight end in a system that puts him in motion before the snap.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 257
40: 5.01
Year: 5Sr

Chris Drager

School: Virginia Tech
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who lined up at tight end as a senior after holding down the defensive end position in 2010. Receiving totals last year included 15 receptions/201 yards/2 TDs. Posted defensive numbers of 34/6/2 as a junior.
Positive: Hardworking college prospect who's a team player. As a tight end, he blocks with good leverage, keeps his head on a swivel and displays great awareness. Uses his frame to shield away defenders, extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Displays good movement skills at defensive end, showing the ability to slide down the line of scrimmage and make plays outside the box. Quick in all aspects of his game and plays hard until the whistle blows.
Negative: Marginal blocking strength at tight end. Struggles getting off blocks at defensive end.
Analysis: Drager is an underrated prospect who successfully lined up at several positions for Virginia Tech. He lacks the size/speed numbers for any single position at the next level yet could be a versatile tight end/outside linebacker/special teams player for a franchise willing to find space for him on the field.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 241
40: 4.63
Year: 5Sr

Drake Dunsmore

School: Northwestern
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 45 receptions/522 yards/6 TDs. Junior numbers included 40/381/5. Sophomore totals included 47/523/3.
Positive: Undersized pass-catching tight end who does the little things well. Solid athlete who sells routes, works to get separation and comes free for the quarterback. Uses his frame to shield away defenders, offers the quarterback a target and is a reliable underneath pass catcher. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, immediately gets a top speed and easily adjusts to make the reception in stride. Possesses reliable hands. Keeps his head on a swivel blocking, works to stay square and effectively picks up oncoming blitzers.
Negative: Marginal burst in his game and is not a downfield threat. Minimal strength as a blocker.
Analysis: Dunsmore is a tough football player who gets the most from his ability and pays attention to detail. He projects as a move tight end/H-back at the next level and is a prospect who should also stand out on special teams.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 252
40: 4.52
Year: 5Sr

Michael Egnew

School: Missouri
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his junior season and named to several All-America teams in 2010. Senior totals included 50 receptions/523 yards/3 TDs after posting a team-leading 90/762/5 as a junior.
Positive: Tall, productive pass-catching tight end who makes a lot of plays down the field. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage into pass routes, easily gets downfield and adjusts or contorts to make the difficult reception. Effectively uses his frame to shield away defenders and displays skill running after the catch. Occasionally lined up in the slot and almost always wins out in battles to make the catch. Blocks with good lean and gives effort.
Negative: Possesses marginal football strength, overextends into blocks and minimally effective on the line of scrimmage.
Analysis: Egnew was very productive the past two seasons and shows the skills desired in today's NFL tight end. He's a tall target who can get down the field and fight to make the reception. Egnew offers a good degree of upside and should be a very productive starting tight end down the road.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 251
40: 4.79
Year: 5Sr

Rhett Ellison

School: USC
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 22 receptions/133 yards/2 TDs as a senior after posting 21/239/3 the prior year.
Positive: Hardworking tight end prospect with limited upside for the next level. Blocks with good lean, displays solid vision and effectively picks up the blitz. Stays square, displays footwork in pass protection and seals defenders from the action. Keeps his feet moving and works blocks hard. Extends to make the reception away from his frame as a pass catcher. Works hard to come free and make himself an available target. Goes over the middle, looks the ball into his hands and takes the big hit yet holds onto the throw.
Negative: One-speed tight end who's not a downfield threat. Average blocking strength and struggles to finish off opponents.
Analysis: Ellison is a polished prospect who does the little things well, yet a marginal athlete who gets the most from his ability. He could fill several roles at the next level, including lining up as a lead blocker, H-back or as a third tight end.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 262
40: 4.75
Year: 5Sr

Bruce Figgins

School: Georgia
Position: TE
Bio: Started eight games as a senior after sporadically playing with the first team the prior three years. Senior receiving numbers included 7 receptions/96 yards/1 touchdown after he had 4/27/2 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic tight end who never developed a complete game. Plays with good knee bend and is quick off the snap. Displays strength as a blocker and turns linebackers from the play. Runs well on the field, nicely adjusts to the errant throw and flashes ability downfield.
Negative: Does not display natural hands as a receiver. Lacks the strength necessary to finish blocks.
Analysis: Figgins is a prospect who passes the eyeball test, but is still rough around the edges. He possesses the skills necessary to develop into a third tight end on an NFL roster, but needs to elevate almost every level of his game.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 247
40: 4.51
Year: 5Sr

Coby Fleener

School: Stanford
Position: TE
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons and awarded all-conference honors after both campaigns. Named to several All-American teams as a senior. Receiving totals last year included 34 receptions/667 yards/10 TDs, with an average of 19.6 yards per catch. Junior numbers included 28/434/7.
Positive: Tall, athletic tight end who consistently gets down the field to make big plays. Quickly releases off the snap into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed and easily moves about the field. Runs good pass routes, uses his hands to separate from defenders and boxes them out with his large frame. Extends his hands offering the quarterback a big target, displays outstanding concentration and consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Gets vertical over defenders or exposes himself in a crowd and comes away with the difficult grab. Smart football player who works well with the quarterback and consistently finds a way to get open. Bends his knees, breaks down well and blocks with leverage.
Negative: Possesses marginal blocking strength and rarely gets movement at the point of attack. Never had outstanding production in college.
Analysis: Fleener is a natural pass catcher who's displayed a developing game the past two years. He's a big, athletic target that can make the difficult reception in underneath coverage and create mismatches down the field. Fleener should only get better as he physically matures and becomes more experienced on the field.

Height: 6-6.5
Weight: 253
40: 4.84
Year: 4Sr

Chase Ford

School: Miami-Fl
Position: TE
Bio: Junior college transfer who started six games as a senior, posting 9 receptions/88 yards/1 TD after posting junior totals of 7/96/1.
Positive: Nice-sized tight end with a well-rounded game. Displays good quickness and gives effort in all areas of his game. Uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass, works back to the quarterback and finds the clearing in the defense. Stays square as a blocker, sets with a wide base and seals opponents from the action. Extends to make the reception away from his frame.
Negative: Possesses a long, thin build and has marginal blocking strength. Not a downfield threat. Improved as a receiver in 2011 but still unpolished in many areas.
Analysis: Ford is a serviceable prospect with a body that should add strength and improve over the course of time. He's worth stashing on a practice squad with the hopes he'll eventually develop into a third tight end at the next level.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 250
40: 4.9
Year: 4Sr

Alex Gottlieb

School: William & Mary
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons as well as varying degrees of All-American honors. Recorded 33 receptions/424 yards/ 1 TD as a senior after 34/350/3 the prior year.
Positive: Hardworking tight end who gets the most from his ability. Strong at the point, gets movement run blocking and anchors in pass protection. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame and possesses both soft and strong hands. Solid short-range target.
Negative: Possesses marginal quickness, explosion and speed. Not a downfield threat.
Analysis: Gottlieb has been a solid tight end on the small school level the past three years and does the little things well. He offers limited upside but his attention to detail could help him catch on as a team E(TM)s third tight end.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 238
40: 4.47
Year: 4Sr

Ladarius Green

School: La-Lafayette
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season and named to several All-American teams the past two years. Senior totals included 51 receptions/606 yards/8 TDs after he had 44/794/7 the prior year.
Positive: Pass-catching tight end who looks more like a large possession receiver on the field. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, immediately gets to top speed and uses his large frame and strength as an advantage to out muscle defenders. Gets vertical, adjusts in midair and highpoints the throw. Comes across the middle, adjusts to make the reception in stride and looks the ball into his hands. Consistently makes the tough catch in traffic. Moves well in every direction of the field. Plays with good body control. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and stays square.
Negative: Has marginal blocking strength and struggles controlling opposing linebackers. Not a true downfield threat.
Analysis: Green watched his game takeoff the past two seasons and has been one of the better big-play tight ends in the nation. He's a solid pass catcher with consistent hands and the frame to get stronger in time. Green will be effective as a move tight end at the next level in a system that constantly puts him in motion before the snap.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 259
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Joe Halahuni

School: Oregon State
Position: TE
Bio: Started at H-back for Oregon State the past three years. Senior totals included 31 receptions/268 yards/3 TDs after 30/390/6 as a junior. Career-best numbers of 35/486/3 came as a sophomore.
Positive: Solid pass-catching tight end prospect with marginal size/speed numbers. Bends his knees, plays with leverage and easily moves about the field. Effectively finds the soft spot in the defense and works to make himself an available target. Solid pass catcher who easily adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Flashes the ability to get downfield and possesses good eye/hand coordination. Gives effort blocking.
Negative: Lacks overall quickness in his game and does not have a true burst. More of a one-speed tight end. Marginal skill as a blocker.
Analysis: Halahuni flashed skill since his sophomore season yet never elevated his game or improved on the field. He offers potential as a move tight end/H-back at the next level, though he must come to camp ready to play this summer.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 252
40: 4.44
Year: 4Sr

James Hanna

School: Oklahoma
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with career totals of 27 catches/381 yards/2 TDs. Junior numbers included 18/292/7.
Positive: Quickly releases off the line into routes, immediately gets to top speed and runs well in every direction. Solid pass catcher who comes back to the ball out of breaks. Blocks with leverage, stays square and gives effort. Solid motion blocker who quickly gets out to the second level and seals linebackers from plays.
Negative: Not a big, strong tight end. Struggles finishing blocks and lacks overall football strength. Occasionally drops easy receptions. Marginally productive in Oklahoma's passing offense.
Analysis: Hanna is a terrific athlete who's shown steady development the past two years. He projects as a number two move tight end.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 260
40: 5.07
Year: 4Sr

Cory Harkey

School: UCLA
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who caught just one pass last season for 10 yards after posting 14/140 the prior year.
Positive: Blocking tight end built like an offensive lineman. Stays square, strong at the point and seals defenders from the action. Gets his hands up and correctly places them into defenders, displaying good punch at the point of attack. Blocks with good knee bend and good pad level. Gives effort until the whistle blows.
Negative: Not a big part of the offensive game plan. Drops catchable throws. Marginal speed in his game.
Analysis: Harkey is a one-dimensional tight end who could make a roster as the third man on the depth chart brought onto the field in short-yardage situations.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 249
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

Emil Igwenagu

School: Massachusetts
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who finished his senior season with career-best numbers of 38 receptions/375 yards/3 TDs. Junior totals included 12/142.
Positive: Relatively athletic pass-catching tight end who can also lineup as an H-back or fullback. Displays a large degree of quickness in his game, immediately gets out into pass routes and easily adjusts to the errant throw. Solid pass catcher who keeps his focus and concentration. Effectively makes the reception in stride or adjusts backwards to grab errant throws. Shows the ability to make some incredibly acrobatic receptions and displays good eye/hand coordination. Occasionally lined up in the backfield in short-yardage situations. Gives effort as a position blocker, stays square and turns defenders from the action. Known as a high character prospect and solid person off the field.
Negative: Does not possess naturally soft hands and does a lot of unnecessary double catching. Lacks functional football strength as a blocker. Not a downfield threat.
Analysis: Igwenagu has shown progress the past three seasons and continues to improve on the football field. He lacks size and has growth limitations, but he will do well in a system that keeps him in motion or occasionally lines him up in the backfield.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 257
40: 4.82
Year: 4Sr

Kevin Koger

School: Michigan
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter who posted career-best numbers of 23 receptions/244 yards/4 TDs as a senior after putting up 14/199/2 during his junior campaign.
Positive: Solid tight end prospect developing a complete game. Fundamentally sound, bends his knees and sets with a wide base. Quickly gets into blocks, stays square and seals defenders from the action. Plays with good lean. Fluid moving about the field, plays faster than his 40 time and is a solid pass catcher who nicely adjusts to errant throws. Extends to make the reception away from his frame. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes and makes the difficult catch in stride.
Negative: Does not always finish blocks. Not a deep threat who E(TM)s going to consistently get into the secondary and create mismatches. Marginally productive in college.
Analysis: Koger was out of place in Michigan's offense during his sophomore and junior seasons, but his game took off last year in the Wolverines E(TM) new system. He possesses the measurables and skill to be a backup tight end and could be one of the bigger steals at the position in this year's draft.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 238
40: 4.7
Year: 4Sr

Eric Lair

School: Minnesota
Position: TE
Bio: Started three games as a senior, posting 11 receptions/168 yards/1 TD. Totaled 39/526/2 as a junior, when he was a team E(TM)s primary tight end.
Positive: One-time highly rated tight end coming off a disappointing senior season. Moves well on his feet, extends his hands and offers the quarterback a big target. Solid underneath pass catcher who possesses relatively soft hands. Effectively catches the pass away from his frame.
Negative: Loses focus, takes his eyes off the ball and drops some catchable throws. Waits for the pass to get him rather than coming back to the ball. Average playing speed and not a true downfield threat.
Analysis: Coming into the season scouts considered Lair a potential late-round choice, but he was not a big part of Minnesota's offense last season and his draft stock has fallen dramatically. He's a potential move tight end/H-back at the next level but must quickly elevate his game to have any chance of making a roster.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 245
40: 4.76
Year: 5Sr

Brian Linthicum

School: Michigan State
Position: TE
Bio: All-conference selection as a senior when he became a full-time starter, posting a career-best 31 receptions and 364 receiving yards. Junior totals included 18/230/1 after he had 20/266/2 as a sophomore. Played with the starting lineup since his freshman season. Struggled with injuries throughout his college career.
Positive: Efficient tight end with minimal upside. Solid pass catcher who extends his hands, makes the reception away from his frame and works hard running after the catch. Keeps his feet moving on contact, keeps the play inbounds and runs over defenders to pick up yardage. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and keeps his feet moving. Displays good blocking vision.
Negative: Possesses average strength as a blocker and average speed as a pass catcher. Marginal burst in his game.
Analysis: Linthicum is efficient yet not spectacular in any aspect of his game. He could be a third tight end at the next level if he's able to stay healthy.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 262
40: 4.9
Year: 4Sr

Anthony Miller

School: California
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter who posted 24 receptions/263 yards/3 TDs as a senior after junior numbers of 13/152/1. Posted a career-best 26 receptions for 357 receiving yards as a sophomore.
Positive: Nice-sized tight end who easily moves about the field. Solid pass catcher who adjusts to errant throws and makes catches away from his frame. Offers the quarterback a nice target, makes the reception in stride and displays good quickness. Plays with good pad level, stays square as a blocker and keeps his feet moving on contact. Keeps his head on a swivel and is always looking for someone to hit.
Negative: Marginal strength at the point of attack and does not block like a 260-pound tight end. Drops catchable throws on occasion. Not a downfield threat.
Analysis: Miller was an adequate college tight end, but he E(TM)s an enigma of a prospect. He possesses the size and speed to play at the next level yet never improved his game after a terrific sophomore season. Miller must elevate every aspect of his game to have a career in the NFL.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 263
40: 5.01
Year: 5Sr

Adam Nissley

School: Central Florida
Position: TE
Bio: Former right tackle who moved to tight end as a junior and started the following two seasons. Senior totals included 21 receptions/235 yards/1 TD after he had 6/59/1 as a junior.
Positive: Hardworking blocking tight end who gets results. Bends his knees, stays square and gets leverage on opponents. Plays with a nasty attitude and easily controls opponents at the point of attack. Displays the ability to turn opposing defensive linemen off the ball. Extends his hands as a receiver, offering the quarterback a nice target.
Negative: Displays minimal speed in his game. Nothing more than a short-range target.
Analysis: Nissley is a one-dimensional tight end who is a very good blocker. Unlikely to be drafted, he could make a roster as a third tight end brought onto the field in short-yardage situations.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 246
40: 4.79
Year: 5Sr

David Paulson

School: Oregon
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after totals of 31 receptions/438 yards/6 TDs. Junior numbers included 24/418/4. All-Academic selection in the past.
Positive: Reliable tight end who is effective in all facets of the game. Solid blocker who stays square and keeps defenders in front of him. Blocks with leverage, displays good vision and seals defenders from the action. Intelligent, works well with teammates and displays good awareness. Quickly gets into blocks and works hard until the whistle blows. Solid pass catcher who extends his hands and offers the quarterback a big target. Consistently catches the ball away from his frame. Displays both strong and soft hands. Plays with good body control.
Negative: Lacks downfield speed. Possesses marginal size as a blocker.
Analysis: Paulson is an efficient football player who gets the most from his ability. He's not a downfield threat as a pass catcher nor dominant as a blocker yet does the little things well, which could help him catch on as a second tight end in the NFL.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 243
40: 4.7
Year: 4Sr

Deangelo Peterson

School: LSU
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter the past three seasons, totaling 18 receptions/179 yards/1 touchdown as a senior. Junior numbers included 16 receptions for 198 receiving yards.
Positive: Smallish tight end who projects as an H-back at the next level. Breaks down well, plays with leverage and stays square blocking. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, nicely adjusts to the errant throw and catches the ball with his hands. Flashes the ability to get downfield into the secondary, then make the difficult reception. Solid eye/hand coordination.
Negative: Not a physical football player. Marginal blocking strength. Does not show a true burst in his game.
Analysis: Peterson is an adequate athlete who offers possibilities as a move tight end/H-back or fullback at the next level. He possesses limited upside and may struggle seeing playing time in the NFL.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 237
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Nick Provo

School: Syracuse
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after posting career-best numbers of 51 receptions/537 yards/7 TDs. Junior totals included 33/365/1.
Positive: Dependable pass catching tight end who does the little things well. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, displays good awareness and possesses soft, reliable hands. Comes back to the quarterback or finds the soft spot in the defense to make himself an available target. Solid hand catcher who consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame. Keeps the play inbounds after the catch trying to pick up as much yardage as possible. Gives effort blocking and displays ability when put in motion. Gets extra attention from defenses but wins out in battles and makes catches in stride.
Negative: One-speed tight end who is not a true downfield threat. Gives effort blocking yet lacks functional football strength.
Analysis: Provo has watched his game take off the past two seasons and offers potential at the next level as a move tight end who will be most effective when placed in motion before the snap.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 255
40: 4.85
Year: 4Sr

Beau Reliford

School: Florida State
Position: TE
Bio: Starter much of the past three seasons and caught 7 passes for 69 yards as a senior after posting 17/198/1 the prior year.
Positive: Athletic tight end prospect with an undeveloped game. Quick off the snap into pass routes, easily moves around the field and shows soft hands with the ability to adjust to the errant throw. Makes the reception in stride and works hard running after the catch. Breaks down well, bends his knees and possesses solid blocking strength.
Negative: Minimally productive in college. Average awareness as a blocker.
Analysis: Reliford has displayed flashes of ability the past three years, but he is much more of an athlete than football player to this point. He possesses terrific size/speed numbers for the position and should be kept on a practice squad with the hope of future development.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 264
40: 4.56
Year: 5Sr

Adrien Robinson

School: Cincinnati
Position: TE
Bio: Started 11 games as a senior and posted career numbers of 12 receptions/183 yards/3 TDs. Part-time player the prior two seasons.
Positive: Large, athletic tight end with an unpolished game. Looks imposing on the field and makes a lot of athletic plays. Bends his knees, picks up blocking assignments and works to play with leverage. Extends his hands as a pass catcher and makes the reception away from his frame. Displays good focus and concentration, keeping his eyes on the ball and coming away with the difficult grab.
Negative: Lopes around the field, displays minimal quickness and playing balance. Really does not play to his 40 time.
Analysis: Robinson showed improvement in his play last season and then made his mark on scouts with an outstanding pro day. Rough around the edges, he's a developmental prospect that could secure a spot at the next level as a third tight end.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 239
40: 4.54
Year: 5Sr

Evan Rodriquez

School: Temple
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two years. Senior totals included 35 receptions/479 yards/2 TDs after he had 21/247/2 the prior year.
Positive: Dependable pass catching tight end who is best in motion. Relatively athletic and displays good eye/hand coordination. Easily adjusts to the errant throw and makes the difficult catch. Consistent hand catcher who extends to make the reception away from his frame. Uses his frame to shield away opponents and takes the big hit yet holds onto the ball. Occasionally lined up as a lead blocker and does a nice job clearing the running lanes. Blocks with good lean and works to bend his knees.
Negative: Has marginal football strength and struggles as an in-line blocker. Adequate speed but not a true downfield threat.
Analysis: Rodriguez was a dependable college tight end, but his size will be a limiting factor at the next level. He has enough football skill to make a roster as a move tight end or H-back.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 229
40: 4.78
Year: 4Sr

Brad Smelley

School: Alabama
Position: TE
Bio: Started at H-back for Alabama last season, posting career-best numbers of 27 receptions/317 yards/4 TDs. Junior totals included six receptions for 55 yards.
Positive: Consistent pass-catching tight end/H-back who looks like a large possession receiver on the field. Fluid releasing off the line into routes, extends his hands and offers the quarterback a target. Makes the reception away from his frame. Plays with good balance and body control. Easily adjusts to the errant throw and looks the pass in. Smart football player who works hard in all aspects. Bends his knees, stays square and gives effort blocking.
Negative: Lacks a burst in his game and cannot run to the deep throw. Marginal strength as a blocker.
Analysis: Smelley has size and athletic limitations but does the little things well and could make a roster as a third tight end/H-back and special teams player.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 246
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Alston Umuolo

School: San Diego State
Position: TE
Bio: Senior totals included 8 receptions/82 yards/2 TDs. Played the first two games of the 2010 season before being sidelined with a hip injury. Full-time starter in 2009, posting career-best numbers of 22/243/3.
Positive: Athletic tight end prospect whose development was slowed by an injury in 2010. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed and displays a lot of athleticism on the field. Gets vertical in a crowd and easily adjusts to the errant throw, making the reception with his hands. Runs relatively well in every area of the field. Uses his frame to shield away defenders.
Negative: Average blocking skills. Struggled with his timing and balance last year.
Analysis: Umuolo is a well-sized tight end prospect who had previously presented himself as a natural pass catcher. He struggled for playing time at San Diego State last season due to the talent at the tight end position. Umuolo offers next-level skills and should get consideration for a practice squad.

Height: 6-7
Weight: 254
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Matt Veldman

School: North Dakota State
Position: TE
Bio: All-conference selection as a senior with career-best numbers of 26 receptions/331 yards/3 TDs. Part-time starter his first three seasons at North Dakota State.
Positive: Large blocking tight end who is also effective as a pass catcher in the short field. Stays square, keeps the defender in front of him and works blocks. Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents and explosive at the point of attack. Turns defenders from the action and seals them from plays. Sells pass routes, settles into the open spot of the defense and offers the quarterback a big target. Consistent hand catcher. Displays good focus and gives effort in all aspects of the game.
Negative: Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage into routes. One-speed tight end who cannot get downfield. Possesses a thin build.
Analysis: Veldman is a limited athlete but a well-rounded prospect who could eventually develop into a third tight end at the next level.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Aron White

School: Georgia
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons after starting 12 games as a sophomore. Senior totals included 9 receptions/101 yards/4 touchdowns after he had 9/125 as a junior. Career-best numbers of 13/198/4 came during his sophomore campaign.
Positive: Strong blocking tight end with potential as a No. 3 at the next level. Blocks with good lean, gets leverage on opponents and stays square. Keeps defenders in front of him, gives effort and controls opponents at the point of attack. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes and nicely adjusts to the errant throw. Displays solid eye/hand coordination and shows toughness running after the catch.
Negative: Overall game lacks quickness and speed. Only effective a few yards from the line of scrimmage as a receiver.
Analysis: White is a marginal athlete who's been minimally productive on the college level, but offers possibilities as a blocking tight end in the NFL.

Updated 2/26
RankRndNamePosYear
11stJadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
DE3Jr
21stJake Matthews
Texas A&M
T4Sr
31stAnthony Barr
UCLA
OLB4Sr
41stKhalil Mack
Buffalo
OLB5Sr
51stBlake Bortles
Central Florida
QB4Jr
61stTeddy Bridgewater
Louisville
QB3Jr
71stGreg Robinson
Auburn
T3So
81stSammy Watkins
Clemson
WR3Jr
91stTaylor Lewan
Michigan
T5Sr
101stC.J. Mosley
Alabama
OLB4Sr
111stMike Evans
Texas A&M
WR3So
121stKony Ealy
Missouri
DE4Jr
131stMarqise Lee
USC
WR3Jr
141stLouis Nix
Notre Dame
DT4Jr
151stJace Amaro
Texas Tech
TE3Jr
161stAaron Donald
Pittsburgh
DT4Sr
171stJustin Gilbert
Oklahoma State
CB4Sr
181stEric Ebron
North Carolina
TE4Jr
191stDarqueze Dennard
Michigan State
CB4Sr
201stCyrus Kouandjio
Alabama
T3Jr
211stDerek Carr
Fresno State
QB5Sr
221-2Zack Martin
Notre Dame
T5Sr
231-2Ra'Shede Hageman
Minnesota
DT5Sr
241stJohnny Manziel
Texas A&M
QB3So
251-2Jason Verrett
TCU
CB4Sr