They might not all show up and workout, but these are the five best tight end prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine.
Daily Five: Tight End Rankings Before The NFL Combine
From the college perspective, how good are these guys? The tight end class is just okay, but there are enough good pass catchers for a few to go somewhere in the top 50. Who are the five best prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine?
Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level? At least at the moment, here are your five best tight ends.
5. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
Career Statistics: 135 catches for 1,627 yards and seven touchdowns
Why Troy Fumagalli Is Here On The List: If you can get past that he doesn’t look like an NFL tight end, everything else is solid.
He’s way too thin at a skinny-looking 6-6 and 248 pounds, and he’s not going to be the most athletic of prospects, and he makes big catches and is fantastic at getting open on third downs.
It’s not a stretch to say he was the only option at times on key third down plays for the mediocre – for the most part – Badger passing game, and yet he still found ways to move the sticks.
A better blocker than his body type might make it appear, he won’t destroy his man, but he’ll be more functional than the other top tight ends in the draft.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Can he be as athletic as the rest of the main options? Considering his lack of size, he has to move better than most. If he comes through with good performances in the short drills, and if he can come up with a solid 40, he’ll move into the fourth round range.
Bottom Line: Even though he’s missing a finger and isn’t big and bulky, he can play. He can’t be a Gronk-type No. 1 tight end, but he’ll block, he’ll catch, and he’ll do everything asked of him. The problem? He’s simply missing all the next-level tools.