2018 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings: From The College Perspective


It’s NFL Draft time. Finally. Who are the tight ends who’ll matter from the 2018 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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While the wide receivers are a bit mediocre coming into the draft, the tight ends have the talent and upside to become terrific.

There might not be a sure-thing superstar No. 1 guy, but there are a whole slew of pass catchers, a few phenomenal blockers among the top 15, and a little something for everyone.

15. David Wells, San Diego State

6-5, 255: A nice athlete who can hit, he might not be much for a passing game, but that can develop. Throw him out there and let him get physical for the ground attack, and he’ll also surprise a bit as a receiver after a little bit of work.
Projected Round: Free Agent

14. Marcus Baugh, Ohio State

6-3, 247: Not big enough and not fast enough, he doesn’t have a lot of the raw tools to stand out, but he’s a decent receiver and is better on the field than he tests in workouts. The blocking isn’t quite there to make up for his other deficiencies.
Projected Round: Free Agent

13. Durham Smythe, Notre Dame

6-5, 257: Not quite the all-around tight end worth using a roster spot on, he’ll do what he can to block and generate a push. He’s not all that fast and will be limited in the passing game, but he’ll hit.
Projected Round: Fifth

12. Christopher Herndon, Miami

6-4, 245: A tweener with wide receiver skills with a body of a tight end, he moves well and is a matchup problem in short range. Just quick enough, he has the upside to progress as a sneaky-good third down target. Blocking? It’s okay, but he has to make it after getting over a knee injury and becoming a good No. 2 receiving tight end.
Projected Round: Fourth

11. Ryan Izzo, Florida State

6-5, 250: Lumbering, the 4.94 40 all but killed any ideas of him as a dangerous receiver. However, he’s as reliable a blocker as any tight end in the draft – and he can catch a little, too. There’s absolutely nothing flashy about his game, but some coach will love having this tough guy around to help with the hard yards.
Projected Round: Fourth

10. Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan

6-4, 240: Just good enough of a prospect to take a chance of greatness, he’s a fantastic athlete with basketball skills, turning into a whale of a target for CMU. He’s just scratching the surface and might blow up once he gets into a pro offense. He isn’t big and won’t be much of a blocker, but he’ll catch everything.
Projected Round: Sixth

9. Dalton Schultz, Stanford

6-6, 242: He does everything right, but doesn’t do any one thing at a high level. There’s little-to-no downside with his ability to blast away for the ground game and is a good enough receiver to keep the chains moving. He won’t be a fantasy guy, but he’ll be a key cog for an offense.
Projected Round: Fourth

8. JOrdan Akins, UCF

6-3, 249: Overaged playing baseball and with an injury history, there are concerns, but he’s a strong, fast receiver who’s great at finding his way open and makes every grabs. He won’t do much for the running game, but for a short time, he’ll be a solid value pick receiver.
Projected Round: Fifth

7. JaYlen Samuels, NC State

5-11, 223: What is he? He’s built like a fullback, he’s not really a true tight end, and he might not have a set position, but he’s a great football player you want in your mix. He’s fast – tearing off a 4.54 – and is fantastic around the goal line. Draft him, and figure it out along the way.
Projected Round: Fifth

6. Ian Thomas, Indiana

6-4, 259: There’s a whole lot to like. He looks the part, plays the part, and has the character and toughness coaches dream about. He’ll hit, he’ll catch, and he’ll do absolutely everything possible for an offense. The hands are just okay and he’s not going to be an elite receiver, but he’ll be a monster of a No. 2 tight end.
Projected Round: Third

5. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

6-5, 235: The guy just knows how to get open.

He’s not fast enough to be like a big wide receiver, and he’s not large enough to be a blaster for the ground game, but he always produces in key moments.

Wisconsin’s wide receivers have been mediocre – to be kind – and everyone knew where the ball was going on third downs. He still worked his way open and came through, finishing his career with 135 catches for 1,627 yards and seven scores.

There’s a lot not to like, though. He’s too thin, he’s not going to blow anyone away with his athleticism, and he’s purely a second receiving tight end, but again, he’ll get open.

The guy played for Wisconsin. He’s going to block. He’s going to work his way to become a reliable target, and his great hands will make him a friend on third downs.

Projected Round: Fifth
Real Value: Fourth Round

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