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2013 Tight End Reports
Height: 6-4
Weight: 233
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Colin Anderson

School: Furman
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his senior and junior seasons. Totals last year included 30 receptions for 498 yards after career-best totals of 40/696/7 the prior year.
Positive: Athletic pass-catching tight end coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes. Comes back to the ball out of breaks and displays good focus, concentration, and hand/eye coordination. Natural pass catcher. Easily adjusts to errant throws and possesses soft hands. Consistent hand catcher who makes receptions away from his frame. Solid route runner who stays low exiting breaks, then uses his frame to shield away opponents. When blocking, bends his knees, plays with good pad level, and gives effort.
Negative: Possesses marginal playing strength and gets minimal movement as a blocker. Not a true downfield threat.
Analysis: Anderson is a solid athlete with potential as a move tight end/H-back at the next level. He offers enough skill to make a roster and, at the very least, should be stashed on a practice squad for future development.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Kelen Bartlett

School: Utah State
Position: TE
Bio: Senior totals included a career-best 38 receptions/272 yards/5 TDs. Missed the 2011 season with injury. Started seven games as a true junior in 2010, catching 15 passes for 222 yards.
Positive: Athletic pass-catching tight end who will get consideration as an H-back in the NFL. Consistently finds open spaces in the defense. Keeps his focus and concentration then makes difficult receptions in contorted positions. Plays with quickness and is more athletic than his size/speed numbers lend one to believe. Bends his knees, blocks with terrific leverage, and gives effort until the whistle blows.
Negative: Not a downfield pass catching threat. Lacks height and will be outmatched by larger linebackers. Average strength at the point when blocking.
Analysis: Bartlett made a successful return from injury last season and squeezes the most from his ability. He offers potential as an H-back/move tight end and should do well on special teams.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 265
40: 4.86
Year: 5Sr

Chase Clement

School: LSU
Position: TE
Bio: Totaled five receptions for 51 yards as a senior when he started 13 games. Junior numbers included 70 receptions/96 yards/1 TD when he played 14 games.
Positive: Strong, blocking tight end with a one-dimensional game. Solid short-yardage pass catcher who looks the ball into his hands, takes a pounding but holds onto the throw. Powerful blocker who easily handles one-on-one assignments, turns defenders off the ball, and finishes plays. Quickly releases off the line and works until the whistle blows.
Negative: Not a natural knee bender. Plays with limited speed.
Analysis: Clement plays with the style of a offensive lineman and could find a place at the next level as the third tight end on the depth chart.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 257
40: 4.86
Year: 5Sr

Ben Cotton

School: Nebraska
Position: TE
Bio: Full-time starter the past three seasons totaling 18 receptions/239 yards/2 TDs as a senior after 14 receptions for 189 yards the prior year.
Positive: Big tight end with solid pass catching skills. Bends his knees, plays with leverage, and works pass routes. Nicely adjusts to errant throws and extends to make receptions away from his frame. Makes difficult catches in a crowd with defenders draped on him. Gives effort blocking and gets to the second level to handle linebackers. Fundamentally sound and uses his hands well.
Negative: More of an intermediate pass catching threat and lacks the speed to get downfield. Average strength at the point of attack and does not finish blocks.
Analysis: Cotton was an adequate college player but lacks the athleticism to be anything other than a third tight end at the next level. He possesses the frame to get stronger, which will only improve his blocking.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 258
40: 4.92
Year: 4Sr

Justice Cunningham

School: South Carolina
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 22 receptions/287 yards as a senior after 18/142/1 the prior season.
Positive: Large blocking tight end with underrated athleticism. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and powerful at the point of attack. Keeps his feet moving in pass protection, drives defenders off the line run blocking, and controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack. Good job getting to the second level and removing linebackers from the action. Comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target, extends his hands, and makes receptions away from his frame.
Negative: Lumbers about the field, not a downfield threat, and mostly a short-range target. Minimally productive catching the ball in college.
Analysis: Cunningham is a nice-sized tight end with poor next level speed but a prospect with the tools necessary to line up as the third man on the depth chart.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 246
40: 4.95
Year: 5Sr

John Delahunt

School: Connecticut
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter the past three seasons when Connecticut used double tight end alignments to begin the game. Posted a career-best 18 receptions/223 yards/1 TD as a senior.
Positive: Marginally athletic prospect who does the little things well. Stays square blocking, gives effort, and gets initial movement at the point of attack. Consistent hand catcher who extends to make receptions away from his frame. Looks the pass into his hands and snatches the ball from the air.
Negative: Not very quick and lacks a downfield burst. Gets tall blocking and lacks footwork in pass protection.
Analysis: Delahunt was a solid college player but lacks the athleticism to be anything other than a third tight end on the NFL level.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.88
Year: 4Sr

Jack Doyle

School: Western Kentucky
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Senior totals included a team-leading 53 receptions/566 yards/5 TDs after 52/614/0 as a junior.
Positive: Productive tight end with nice size. Displays solid blocking strength, holds his ground against opposing defensive ends, and keeps the defender in front of him. Works his blocks and plays through the whistle. Breaks down well. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes and possesses good hand/eye coordination. Displays soft hands and extends to make receptions away from his frame.
Negative: One-speed tight end who lacks a burst. Average athlete with minimal upside.
Analysis: Doyle was a dependable tight end the past three seasons and offers a well-rounded game. He's not a deep threat but has the skills necessary to make a roster as a third tight end.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.65
Year: 4Jr

Tyler Eifert

School: Notre Dame
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-America honors and named Mackey Award winner in 2012, (given to the nation E(TM)s best tight end) after posting 44 receptions/624 yards/4 TDs. Career-best totals of 67/803/5 came as a junior.
Positive: Complete tight end who stands out as a pass catcher and blocker. Strong at the point, turns defenders off the line or drives them from the action. Bends his knees, plays with leverage, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Effective downfield blocker and opens up running lanes. Solid pass catcher who displays a nice sense of timing as well as hand/eye coordination. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, extends his hands, and offers the quarterback a target. Makes difficult receptions in contorted positions and shows terrific focus as well as concentration. Physically beats down opponents to come away with the pass.
Negative: Doesn E(TM)t show burst and not a true downfield threat. Must improve his hand placement as a blocker.
Analysis: Eifert was a consistent tight end the past three seasons, showing improvement every year. He's a complete player at the position and an NFL ready prospect that should quickly break into a starting lineup.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 249
40: 4.65
Year: 4Jr

Zach Ertz

School: Stanford
Position: TE
Bio: Awarded All-America and all-Conference honors last season after moving into the starting lineup on a full-time basis and totaling 66 receptions/837 yards/6 TDs. Sophomore totals of 2011 included 27/346/4 when he started three games.
Positive: Complete tight end with an NFL-ready game. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, sells pass routes, and extends his hands, offering the quarterback a big target. Makes receptions away from his frame. Has a strong, sturdy build and takes a pounding but holds onto the ball. Effectively uses his hands to separate from opponents, stays low exiting breaks, and positions himself to make receptions. Settles into the open space of the defense. Consistently catches the ball with his hands, making a lot of difficult and athletic receptions. Plays with solid fundamentals, displays good blocking strength, and easily opens up running lanes on the line of scrimmage. Displays good focus, plays intelligent football, and gives consistent effort.
Negative: Does not have true breakaway or vertical speed. Occasionally drops some catchable throws. Overextends into blocks and does not show good playing balance.
Analysis: Ertz did a terrific job taking over for Coby Fleener last season and is a three-down tight end proficient as a pass catcher and blocker. He lacks great upside but could quickly start and have a long, productive NFL career.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 255
40: 4.75
Year: 4Jr

Gavin Escobar

School: San Diego State
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included a team-leading 42 receptions/542 yards/6 TDs after 51/780/7 the prior year.
Positive: Athletic, pass-catching tight end slowly developing an all-around game. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage and quick to top speed. Creates mismatches downfield. Plays with balance and easily adjusts to errant throws. Displays terrific hand/eye coordination, uses his frame to box out defenders, and easily makes receptions downfield without breaking stride. Stays square and fundamentally sound as a blocker.
Negative: Timed poorly in the 40 at the combine and may not be a true downfield receiving threat in the NFL. Possesses marginal blocking strength and rarely gets movement or finishes off opponents.
Analysis: Escobar has been a very productive tight end the past two seasons and possesses the skills and body type to play in the NFL. Still rough around the edges, Escobar needs to improve the details of his position, but should eventually develop into a starter at the next level.

Height: 6-7.5
Weight: 259
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Joseph Fauria

School: UCLA
Position: TE
Bio: Started nine games each of the past two seasons totaling 46 receptions/637 yards/12 TDs as a senior after 39/481/6 the prior year.
Positive: Pass-catching tight end with limited upside. Solid hand catcher who consistently extends to make receptions away from his frame. Gets up high over defenders using his frame to box out opponents. Competes to come away with the difficult reception and displays good hand/eye coordination. Easily adjusts to the errant pass, makes receptions in stride, and creates mismatches in the secondary. Blocks with solid fundamentals, bending his knees and staying square.
Negative: Possesses average speed and is not a downfield threat. Marginal blocking strength and struggles to handle defenders.
Analysis: Fauria was dependable for UCLA but lacks the size and speed to be anything other than a second tight end at the next level.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 258
40: 4.91
Year: 5Sr

Kevin Finney

School: Richmond
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-America and all-Conference honors as a senior. Pass catching totals last year included 27 receptions/247 yards/5 TDs after 31/348/2 the prior year.
Positive: Large, reliable tight end who stands out as a blocker. Plays with good lean plus stays square and shows strength at the point. Gets movement when run blocking and turns defenders off the ball. Has a nasty streak and works to finish plays. Works routes, uses his frame to shield away defenders, and looks the pass into his hands. Consistently extends to make receptions away from his frame and displays soft, reliable hands.
Negative: Lacks speed and quickness. Nothing more than an intermediate pass catching threat.
Analysis: Finney has been a mildly productive pass catcher on the college level yet a terrific blocking tight end who protects the passer and opens running lanes. He possesses next-level size and could make a roster as a third tight end.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 266
40: 4.93
Year: 4Sr

Paul Freedman

School: Virginia
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons totaling six receptions/48 yards/1 TD as a senior after 11/112 the prior year.
Positive: King-sized tight end who stands out as a blocker. Stays square and keeps his feet moving on contact. Strong at the point of attack. Moves well for a large player and works through the whistle. Easily controls linebackers at the point of attack or seals defensive lineman from the play.
Negative: Must improve his overall playing balance. Stiff and struggles to adjust. Rarely used as part of the passing offense.
Analysis: Freedman offers potential as a third tight end and blocker on short yardage situations.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.63
Year: 5Sr

Matt Furstenburg

School: Maryland
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 16 receptions/26 yards/2 TDs as a senior after career totals of 31/348/2 as a junior.
Positive: Relatively athletic tight end who showed a lot of inconsistency on the college field. Goes across the middle, gets vertical, and extends to pull the pass from the air. Possesses soft hands, makes the reception away from his frame, and displays better than average downfield speed. Bends his knees, plays with leverage and gives effort blocking.
Negative: Marginally productive on the college level and never showed much improvement. Average blocking strength and not a true downfield threat as a pass catcher. Terrific athlete yet an average football player.
Analysis: Furstenburg possesses the size and athletic skills to be a move tight end at the next level but must quickly produce in camp. He has the ability to develop into a third tight end and, at the very least, Furstenberg should find himself on a practice squad.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 248
40: 4.88
Year: 5Sr

Tyler George

School: Monmouth
Position: TE
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after registering 28 receptions/215 yards/1 TD in nine games. Posted career totals of 36/366/2 as a sophomore.
Positive: Hard-working college tight end with limited upside for the next level. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, effectively uses his hands to separate from defenders, and comes back to the ball out of breaks. Blocks with good lean, stays square, and works blocks. Bends his knees and plays with good leverage.
Negative: Marginal quickness and speed. Possesses just average strength at the point of attack.
Analysis: George was a dependable college player yet shows no outstanding physical characteristics. He has a frame that should get larger and stronger in time and he could develop into a third tight end at the next level.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 244
40: 4.48
Year: 5Sr

Chris Gragg

School: Arkansas
Position: TE
Bio: Played in five games as a senior after struggling with a leg injury and finished the year with 22 receptions/289 yards/3 TDs. Junior totals included 41/518/2 when he started 13 games.
Positive: Athletic pass-catching tight end with the ability to make plays down the field. Quickly gets into pass routes and shows a burst breaking into the secondary. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, effectively uses his frame to shield away defenders, and runs good routes for a tight end. Possesses soft hands and easily makes receptions in stride. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and gives effort attacking assignments.
Negative: Overextends into blocks and lacks balance. Possesses marginal blocking strength. Leg injury last season prevented him from meeting expectations.
Analysis: Gragg is a natural receiver with the ability to outrace linebackers and outmuscle defensive backs. He projects as a move tight end in the NFL and offers starting potential down the line.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 240
40: 4.79
Year: 5Sr

D.J. Grant

School: Texas
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons after sitting out the 2009 and 2010 campaigns with knee injuries. Totals last year included 14 receptions/125 yards/2 TDs after 16/180/3 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic tight end prospect with a lot of upside. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed, and shows the ability to create mismatches in the secondary. Displays terrific movement skills on the field, gives effort blocking, and plays with solid fundamentals. Effective the times he's lined up in the slot.
Negative: Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him. Was never a consistent starter for Texas. Marginally productive on the college level.
Analysis: After missing consecutive seasons with knee injuries, Grant showed signs of next level potential during his junior campaign. He possesses the size, athleticism and speed to play the next level, yet must stay healthy and produce on a consistent basis.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.68
Year: 5Sr

MarQueis Gray

School: Minnesota
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter who played quarterback with the first team the past two years after starting at wideout during his sophomore campaign. Passing totals last season included 57.6%/472 yards/5 TDs/2 interceptions when he also caught 12 passes for 121 yards. Junior numbers included 1495 yards passing with 8 touchdowns.
Positive: Athletic college quarterback destined to move to a different position in the NFL. Patient in the pocket. Throws with an over-the-top delivery and keeps his eyes downfield. Scans the field, puts touch on throws when necessary, and remains poised as the pocket collapses around him. Avoids defenders scrambling outside the box. Possesses an NFL arm and has the ability to power the ball through tight windows. Looks the pass into his hands as a receiver.
Negative: Can be all over the place with his throws. Tends to stare down the primary target. Late with his passes.
Analysis: Gray bounced around the field at Minnesota and never truly developed at one single position. He's a practice-squad prospect who should be given consideration as either a possession receiver or move tight end.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 247
40: 4.88
Year: 5Sr

Ryan Griffin

School: Connecticut
Position: TE
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior receiving totals included 29 receptions/484 yards/6 TDs after 33/499/3 as a junior.
Positive: Nice-sized tight end with a consistent game. Smart player who finds the soft spot in the defense, extends his hands, and offers the quarterback a target. Solid route runner, quick into breaks then stays low on exit. Uses his frame to shield away defenders, gets up in a crowd, and fights to make receptions. Adjusts to errant throws. A reliable pass catcher who takes a pounding yet holds onto the ball. Stays square blocking, gives effort, and keeps the defender in front of him.
Negative: Neither quick nor fast. Average blocker who doesn E(TM)t finish off defenders.
Analysis: Griffin was reliable in his role at Connecticut the past four seasons and has enough skill and talent to make an NFL roster as a third tight end.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 271
40: 4.88
Year: 5Sr

Kurt Hammerschmidt

School: Iowa State
Position: TE
Bio: Played in 13 games as a senior, catching just 2 passes for 14 yards. Started eight games the year before and finished with 13 receptions for 126 yards.
Positive: Large tight end who flashes athleticism, yet showed minimal development on the field. Agile, gets vertical and contorts to make difficult catches in midair. Extends his hands, offers the quarterback a target, and snatches the pass from the air. Keeps his feet moving and works to stay square as a blocker. Effectively finds the open spot in the defense. Shows good movement skills for a large tight end.
Negative: Possesses marginal speed. Overextends into blocks and shows minimal strength at the point.
Analysis: After a solid season in 2011, scouts had high hopes for Hammerschmidt, yet he was never a big part of the Iowa State offense last season. He possesses the size and pass-catching skills to be a third tight end in the NFL, but he must quickly produce in rookie minicamp.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.82
Year: 5Sr

Greg Hardy

School: Montana
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Senior totals included 29 receptions/272 yards/1 TD after 22 receptions for 199 receiving yards the prior year. Experienced long snapper.
Positive: Hard-working, high-effort tight end with minimal upside potential. Solid pass catcher who consistently finds the open spot on the field and extends to make receptions away from his frame. Displays good focus and concentration, makes the tough catch in a crowd, and physically beats down opponents to come away with the ball. Quick out to the second level as a blocker, works to stay square, and gives effort until the whistle blows.
Negative: Possesses marginal speed and lacks a burst in his game. Gives effort blocking, yet was not dominant on the line scrimmage.
Analysis: Hardy is a player who does the little things well but is a limited athlete with marginal size and speed. His ability as a long snapper will be the determining factor of his future at the next level.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 262
40: 4.85
Year: 4Sr

Chase Harper

School: Texas State
Position: TE
Bio: Junior-college transfer awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after posting receiving totals of 28 receptions/315 yards/3 TDs. Junior totals included 20/287/3.
Positive: Large, athletic tight end with a nice degree of upside potential in his game. Quick off the line into pass routes. Easily adjusts to errant throws makes receptions in stride. Looks the ball into his soft hands. Moves well for a bigger tight end. Strong at the point when blocking, stays square and turns defenders from the action.
Negative: Needs to improve his awareness. Must improve his playing balance. Seems unsure of himself. Must pick up his blocking intensity.
Analysis: Harper shows enough skill to get consideration as a third tight end on an NFL roster but must pick up the tempo of his game and start to do the little things well.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 238
40: 4.69
Year: 5Sr

Josh Hill

School: Idaho State
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season and named to several all-America teams last year. Senior totals included 70 receptions/630 yards/5 TDs after 48/407/1 the prior year.
Positive: Athletic, pass-catching tight end coming off a career year. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, stays low exiting breaks, and positions himself to make receptions. Immediately gets to top speed, displays the ability to get into the secondary, and shows natural receiving skills. Extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Stays square as a blocker and works to keep defenders away.
Negative: Possesses average blocking strength. Has a thin build and struggles in battles.
Analysis: Hill is an athletic prospect with the size/speed numbers teams want for a move tight end. He's displayed a developing game, comes with upside, and is a practice-squad player with a future at the next level.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 255
40: 4.95
Year: 5Sr

D.C. Jefferson

School: Rutgers
Position: TE
Bio: Former quarterback who switched the tight end prior to his freshman season then went on to start the next four seasons. Senior totals included 20 receptions/168 yards/1 TD after 12/118/0 as a junior.
Positive: Physically gifted tight end prospect with a lot of upside. Athletic, plays faster than his 40 time, and shows the ability to get into the secondary and create mismatches. Fluid releasing off the line scrimmage, nicely adjusts to errant throws, and makes receptions in stride. Effective when he extends his hands and catches the ball away from his frame. Uses his frame to shield away opponents. Bends his knees, plays with leverage, and fires off the snap into blocks. Flashes ability as a position blocker.
Negative: Marginally productive in college. Effective blocker when focused on the task at hand yet does not always work to finish blocks. Struggles handling linebackers on the blitz. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times.
Analysis: Jefferson is an imposing but inconsistent tight end prospect who has flashed skill the past four years. He comes with enormous upside and can develop into a starting tight end if he fulfills his potential and learns to do the little things well.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 269
40: 4.74
Year: 4Sr

Nick Kasa

School: Colorado
Position: TE
Bio: Former defensive lineman who moved to tight end as a junior then started every game last season. Totals included 25 receptions/391 yards/3 TDs.
Positive: Large, athletic prospect with tremendous upside potential. Strong blocker who stays square, keeps the defender in front of him, and turns opponents off the line. Gives effort as a blocker and controls opponents at the point of attack. Runs solid routes, quickly gets into breaks then stays low on exit. Helps out on special teams.
Negative: Does not stretch the field despite his forty time. Not a natural knee bender. Displays inconsistent hands.
Analysis: Kasa is a physical specimen who really developed his game after being moved to the tight end position. He E(TM)s skilled as a blocker and pass catcher and has the potential to develop into a starter if he completes his game.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 255
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Travis Kelce

School: Cincinnati
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who saw action at quarterback as a freshman. All-Conference selection last season after career numbers of 45 receptions/722 yards/8 TDs and 13/250/2 the prior year.
Positive: Productive tight end who watched his game take off last season. Displays good initial strength at the point of attack as a blocker. Keeps his feet moving and works until the whistle blows. Solid pass catcher who comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target, then uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass. Nicely adjusts to errant throws, extends his hands, and looks the pass in. Makes the reception in stride and works to pick up positive yardage running after the catch. Displays terrific blocking vision and overall playing instincts.
Negative: One-speed tight end who is not a downfield threat. Struggles with balance.
Analysis: Kelce is dependable in all areas of the game. He's a solid blocker with good hands, yet an average athlete who does not possess the speed to be a downfield threat. Overall, Kelce possesses the tools and makeup necessary to be a very good second tight end at the next level.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 258
40: 4.93
Year: 4Sr

Philip Lutzenkirchen

School: Auburn
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his junior season. Struggled with injury as a senior, playing just six games and finishing the year with 15 receptions for 139 yards. Junior totals included 24/238/7.
Positive: High-effort college tight end with minimal upside for the next level. Effective receiver who nicely makes receptions in stride and snatches passes away from his frame. Displays good field vision and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Works hard until the whistle blows. Blocks with solid fundamentals and quickly gets off the snap.
Negative: Lacks functional football strength and struggles to control opponents. Slow and not a downfield threat as a receiver.
Analysis: When healthy Lutzenkirchen was a consistent player for Auburn but lacks the measurables to be anything other than a third tight end in the NFL.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 267
40: 4.7
Year: 4Sr

Vance McDonald

School: Rice
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior. Totals last year included 36 receptions/458 yards/2 TDs after 44/541/5 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic tight end with a well-rounded game. Fundamentally sound blocker who bends his knees, stays square, and keeps the defender in front of him. Explosive at the point of attack and works blocks until the whistle blows. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, runs solid routes, and separates from defenders. Possesses a burst of speed, adjusts to errant throws, and makes receptions in stride. Displays soft hands with the ability to snatch the pass from the air. Consistently comes away with the difficult reception in a crowd.
Negative: Lacks fundamental blocking strength and really does not get much movement. Average production as a senior.
Analysis: McDonald is a tough prospect who's shown improvement in all areas the past three years. He's a terrific athlete with starting potential at the next level once he fine-tunes his game.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 280
40: 4.89
Year: 5Sr

Keavon Milton

School: Louisiana-Monroe
Position: TE
Bio: Former defensive end who moved to tight end as a junior. Saw significant action with the first-team as a senior and posted 14 receptions for 146 yards.
Positive: Athletic tight end still developing at the position. Plays with good knee bend. Displays solid movement skills and is fluid on his feet. Quick off the snap and strong at the point of attack. Plays faster than his 40 time. Runs solid routes, uses his frame to shield away defenders, and is strong running after receptions.
Negative: Does not attack blocking assignments or finish the play. Must improve his blocking balance.
Analysis: Milton has shown flashes of skill since moving to tight end as a junior. He possesses the size as well as the athleticism to develop into a third tight end in the NFL.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 230
40: 4.75
Year: 5Sr

Ryan Otten

School: San Jose State
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his senior and junior campaigns. Totals last year included 47 receptions/742 yards/4 TDs after 52/739/5 as a junior.
Positive: Consistent tight end who's well-rounded in all areas of the position. Plays smart football. Blocks with good lean and squares defenders from the action. Displays good overall awareness. Easily adjusts to errant passes and consistently catches the ball with his hands. Sells routes, displays good concentration, and makes receptions in stride.
Negative: One-speed tight end with limited quickness. Merely average football strength.
Analysis: Otten was a productive player at San Jose State the past two seasons and offers the size and skill necessary to be a second tight end at the next level.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 254
40: 4.96
Year: 5Sr

Chris Pantale

School: Boston College
Position: TE
Bio: Four-year starter who finished with 21 receptions/189 yards/2 TDs as a senior when he missed three games with a broken bone in his foot. Junior totals included 21/236/3. Career totals of 31/338/4 came during his sophomore season.
Positive: Hard-working tight end who does the little things well. Strong at the point of attack, stays square, and easily turns defenders from the action. Keeps his head on a swivel and remains disciplined with assignments. Solid pass catcher who comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target then extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame.
Negative: One-speed tight end and nothing more than an a short-range threat. Was never a big part of the passing offense at Boston College.
Analysis: Pantale was a well-rounded college player, yet lacks the physical skills to start in the NFL. He's a terrific blocker with reliable hands and enough ability to make a roster as a third tight end.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 249
40: 4.81
Year: 5Sr

Colter Phillips

School: Virginia
Position: TE
Bio: Started two games as a senior and finished the year with 8 receptions for 47 yards. Started most of his sophomore and junior seasons totaling a career-best 18/155/3 in 2010.
Positive: Relatively athletic tight end with an inconsistent game. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage and immediately gets to top speed. A solid pass catcher who looks the ball into his hands. Stays square as a blocker, gives effort, and shows ability sealing the edge in pass protection.
Negative: Marginal production on the college level. Average blocking strength and hangs onto defenders for dear life at times.
Analysis: Phillips showed signs of being an NFL prospect after his sophomore season, but his game fell off the past two years. He must produce on the field this summer but offers potential as a third tight end.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 236
40: 4.71
Year: 4Jr

Jordan Reed

School: Florida
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors last season as a junior after totals of 45 receptions/559 yards/3 TDs. Sophomore numbers of 2011 included 28/307/2.
Positive: Athletic, pass-catching, move tight end prospect. Plays faster than his 40-time, easily gets into the secondary as a receiver, and creates mismatches. Adjusts to errant throws, extends his hands, and consistently makes receptions away from his frame. Displays outstanding movement skills and gets vertical then contorts to make the difficult reception in a crowd. Bends his knees, plays with leverage, and gives effort blocking.
Negative: Doesn E(TM)t quickly releases off the line of scrimmage into routes, doesn E(TM)t display a great burst of speed, and possesses marginal blocking strength.
Analysis: Reed is a pass-catching tight end who occasionally lines up in the slot and consistently comes away with receptions in the secondary. He often looks like a large possession receiver and is not a prospect for all systems. Reed would be effective in a scheme that puts him the motion before the snap, occasionally lines him up in the slot, and even places them in the backfield as an H-back on occasion.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 250
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Lucas Reed

School: New Mexico
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter as a senior, finishing the year with five receptions for 237 yards. Started 12 games as a junior, totaling 22 receptions for 241 yards. Brother of Brooks Reed, second-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2011.
Positive: Athletic tight end who is still developing on the field. Blocks with good lean and gets leverage on opponents. Stays square and works to keep the defender in front of him. Runs good routes, stays low exiting breaks, and extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target. Displays soft hands and consistently makes receptions away from his frame. Takes a pounding and holds onto the ball. Quickly transitions running after receptions and works to pick up yardage.
Negative: Does not attack blocking assignments and shows marginal football strength. Occasionally drops some catchable throws.
Analysis: Reed is an athletic prospect with a lot of upside but a tight end who struggled with multiple offenses and different head coaches at New Mexico. He's a late-round draft pick who's worth keeping on a practice squad for future development.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 242
40: 4.78
Year: 4Sr

Mychal Rivera

School: Tennessee
Position: TE
Bio: Junior-college transfer awarded all-Conference honors last season after totals of 36 receptions/562 yards/5 TDs. Junior numbers included 29/344/1.
Positive: Consistent pass-catching tight end with upside. Fluid releasing off the line and runs solid routes. Stays low exiting breaks, positioning himself to make receptions. Displays terrific hand-eye coordination, adjusts to errant throws, and makes a lot of difficult catches. Finds the soft spot in underneath coverage. Uses his frame to shield defenders and protects the pass or lays out for difficult catches. Displays the ability to get into the secondary and create mismatches, playing faster than his 40-time. Blocks with good knee bend and pad level. Stays square and keeps his feet moving.
Negative: Doesn E(TM)t possess soft hands and occasionally lets the pass get inside him. Marginal blocking strength.
Analysis: Rivera is a terrific receiver who steadily developed the past two seasons. He projects as a move tight end at the next level and the second man on the depth chart.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

David Rolf

School: Utah
Position: TE
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons catching 10 passes for 95 yards as a senior after junior totals of 3 receptions for 48 yards. Began his college career at Michigan State.
Positive: Nice-sized tight end with a consistent game. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes, extends his hands to make receptions away from his frame, and snatches the ball from the air. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and plays with a lot of toughness. Explosive at the point and attacks blocking assignments.
Negative: Struggles finishing blocks. Possesses marginal speed and not a downfield threat.
Analysis: Rolf showed consistent development the past two seasons but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a third tight end on an NFL roster.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 262
40: 4.7
Year: 4Jr

Dion Sims

School: Michigan State
Position: TE
Bio: Full-time starter as a junior and awarded all-Conference honors after posting a 36 receptions/475 yards/3 TDs. Sophomore totals included 12/99/3.
Positive: Physically gifted tight end with a complete game. Natural pass catcher who easily adjusts to errant throws and makes the reception in stride. Battles opponents, uses his hands to separate from defenders, and gets vertical to come away with the difficult grab. Goes over the middle the field, exposes himself to the big hit, and makes a lot of athletic plays. Tough to bring down and carries the pile running after the catch. Strong blocker who gets movement at the point of attack.
Negative: Lacks a quick release into pass routes. Must improve his playing balance. Loses his focus on occasion and drops some catchable throws. Marginally productive on the college level.
Analysis: Sims has flashed dominance the past two seasons while also showing consistent improvement. He's an athletic tight end prospect effective as a pass catcher as well as a blocker, and offers starting potential at the next level.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 258
40: 4.92
Year: 5Sr

Tucker Stafford

School: Georgetown
Position: TE
Bio: Former quarterback who moved to tight end as a sophomore, then started the next three seasons. Senior totals included 13 receptions/150 yards after 10/103/1 as a junior.
Positive: Large, strong tight end who is best as a blocker. Quickly gets off the snap, blocks with good lean, and stays square. Jolts defenders with good hand punch, plays with a nasty attitude, and works to finish blocks. Fundamentally sound in all areas of the game. Fluid releasing off the line scrimmage, sells pass routes, and makes difficult catches in a crowd.
Negative: One-speed tight end and not a downfield threat. Stiff athlete, which hurts his ability to finish blocks.
Analysis: Stafford is a hard-working player with limited upside yet his blocking could help him catch on as a third tight end.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 252
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Jake Stoneburner

School: Ohio State
Position: TE
Bio: Starter the past three seasons totaling 16 receptions/269 yards/4 TDs as a senior after 14/193/7 the prior year.
Positive: Effective pass catching tight end who flashed skill the past three seasons. Quickly releases off the line scrimmage into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed, and consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Displays strong hands with the ability to pull the pass from the air. Uses his frame to shield away defenders, flexible, and easily adjusts to errant throws. Displays a lot of natural pass catching skill.
Negative: Marginal strength at point of attack. Rarely gets movement run blocking and struggles to control opponents. Despite his 40 time does not present himself as a true downfield threat.
Analysis: Stoneburner flashed skill since his sophomore season, yet never elevated his game at any point during his college career. He projects as a move tight end for the next level and has the pass-catching skills necessary to make an NFL roster.

Height: 6-6.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.81
Year: 6Sr

Zach Sudfeld

School: Nevada
Position: TE
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 45 receptions/598 yards/8 TDs. Missed 2011 campaign with a leg injury. Combined for two receptions during the 2010 and 2009 seasons. Red-shirted with injury in 2008.
Positive: Large, relatively athletic tight end who elevated his game as a senior. Bends his knees, plays with leverage, and quickly gets into blocks. Squares into opponents and gives effort blocking until the whistle blows. Solid receiver who comes back to the ball then catches the pass away from his frame. Battles to come away with receptions.
Negative: One-speed tight end who lacks a burst. Average blocking strength. Has an injury history.
Analysis: Sudfeld watched his game take off last season as he was finally healthy and able to complete the year. Adequate in all areas, he projects as a third tight end in the NFL.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 242
40: 4.85
Year: 4Sr

Matthew Thayer

School: Missouri State
Position: TE
Bio: Two-year starter who began his college career at Iowa Western. Senior totals included 38 receptions/294 yards/1 TD after 20/247/3 as a junior.
Positive: Hard-working tight end who gets the most from his talent. Bends his knees, blocks with good lean, and stays square. Works hard and plays until the whistle blows. Fluid getting into pass routes, easily adjusts to errant throws, and catches the ball with his hands. Effectively finds the open space in the defense and makes the reception in stride.
Negative: Limited speed and quickness. Marginal strength and struggles to finish blocks.
Analysis: Thayer was an all-purpose player Missouri State, lining up at tight end and as a lead blocker. He's a limited athlete with marginal speed for the NFL but could get consideration at fullback if he improves his playing strength.

Height: 6-8
Weight: 260
40: 4.76
Year: 4Jr

Levine Toilolo

School: Stanford
Position: TE
Bio: Occasional starter the past three seasons posting 24 receptions/393 yards/4 TDs as a junior after sophomore numbers of 25/343/6.
Positive: Tall, imposing tight end prospect who's very rough around the edges. Plays faster than his 40 time, gets down the field and uses his frame as an advantage, out muscling defenders to make receptions. Runs solid routes for a big man. Quickly gets into breaks then stays low on exit. For the most part, effectively makes receptions with his hands. Shows strength running after receptions with the ability to break tackles and pick up positive yardage. Stays square as a blocker, works to bend his knees, and squares defenders from the action.
Negative: Lacks a quick release off the line into pass routes. Must improve his overall playing strength. Not a true downfield threat. Average blocking strength.
Analysis: Toilolo has shown flashes of ability the past two seasons and looks the part. He's also been very inconsistent in all areas of the tight end position and hasn E(TM)t really improved. He's a developmental prospect who would've been better off staying at Stanford for another season, and Toilolo may never develop into anything other than a backup on the NFL level.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 275
40: 4.86
Year: 5Sr

Michael Williams

School: Alabama
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 21 receptions/166 yards/3 TDs as a senior after junior numbers of 16/191/2.
Positive: Underrated tight end prospect who does the little things well. Strong blocker who stays square, keeps his feet moving, and controls opponents at the point of attack. Anchors in pass protection, consistently turns defenders from their angle of attack, and remains cognizant of blocking assignments. Dependable receiver who easily adjusts to errant throws and looks the ball into his hands. Tough and plays while injured.
Negative: Showed minimal speed and quickness. Not much more than a short-range target.
Analysis: Williams is a polished prospect who lacks great athleticism but has enough ability to make a roster as a second tight end.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 252
40: 4.52
Year: 5Sr

Luke Willson

School: Rice
Position: TE
Bio: Three-year starter who struggled with injuries as a senior and totaled just 9 receptions/126 yards/2 TDs. Awarded all-Conference honors as a junior after posting 29/313/3. Career totals of 33/425/3 came as a sophomore. Accomplished baseball player who spent time in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Positive: Athletic tight end prospect with a large upside. Displays solid speed, nicely adjusts to errant throws and extends to make receptions away from his frame. Strong and wins out in battles. Keeps his head on a swivel as a blocker, possesses better than average blocking strength, and gives effort.
Negative: Never stood out in any aspect of the game. Despite his 40 time, does not present himself as a downfield receiving threat.
Analysis: Wilson is an under the radar tight end prospect who played second fiddle to teammate Vance McDonald at Rice. He offers upside but must commit to football and find a team willing to develops his skills.

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