Rankings and quick lookaheads of all the tight end prospects invited to the 2019 NFL Combine.
2019 NFL Tight End Combine Workout: Saturday, March 2
Here we go with the 2019 NFL Combine, with all the breakdowns and analysis of every positive and negative for all of the top prospects. This isn’t that hard. Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level?
The bigger breakdowns will come before the NFL Draft, but for now – again, from the college perspective – here are the pre-combine rankings for all of the tight ends invited to the big workout.
Before getting into the top five breakdown, here’s a ranking of the best of the rest.
2019 Pre-NFL Combine Tight End Best of the Rest Rankings
Number in parentheses is the projected round drafted pre-NFL Combine.
21. Trevon Wesco, West Virginia 6-3, 267 (7 FA)
After doing nothing in his first two years, he rose up with 26 catches for 366 yards and a score. He’s undersized for a true NFL tight end, but he can hit, and he is still improving as a receiver.
20. C.J. Conrad, Kentucky 6-4, 249 (7 FA)
For an offense that had issues throwing the ball, he caught 80 passes with 12 touchdowns in his four-year career. He’s missing the big bulk, but he’s a willing part of the running game and can catch just well enough to be a nice all-around prospect.
19. Keenen Brown, Texas State 6-2, 250 (7 FA)
Built more like a fullback than a true tight end, he’s a strong receiver who came up with 51 catches for 577 yards and five scores for a team that struggled to throw the forward pass last year. Just an okay blocker, he’ll have to make it as a developmental tight end who doesn’t fit a type, but can really catch.
18. Drew Sample, Washington 6-5, 255 (7 FA)
He didn’t turn into much of a receiver until last season, making 25 grabs as a senior. He’s got good enough speed to grow into a role in a camp, and he has the right look and size, but he has to show something impressive right away in a camp to stick.
17. Kendall Blanton, Missouri 6-6, 262 (7 FA)
With his bulk and his pass catching ability, he has the upside to be a second tight end who can be used in a variety of roles. He’s not a top receiver, but the tools are there to improve.
16. Daniel Helm, Duke 6-4, 249 (7 FA)
The former Tennessee Vol was a steady three year producer for the Blue Devils, making 69 catches with six scores. He’s not all that big, but he’ll block, and he’s a good enough receiver to develop.
15. Dax Raymond, Utah State 6-4, 255 (7 FA)
A bit overaged after serving a church mission – he’ll be 24 this season – he’s what he’s going to be, which it solid. The hands are great, and the blocking is good enough, but his overall tools are just okay.
14. Kahale Warring, San Diego State 6-5, 252 (7 FA)
For an offense that did nothing at times, he caught 51 passes with eight scores in just 19 games. There’s a whole lot to like, with his good size, nice downfield speed, and all-around upside. He’s worth developing.
13. Isaac Nauta, Georgia 6-3, 244 (5)
Why wasn’t he better? A superstar prospect and get for the Bulldogs, he was fine, catching 68 career passes with eight scores. He’s a fantastic athlete with a whole world up upside to do even more, but he’s not all that big and he’s just an okay blocker.
12. Caleb Wilson, UCLA 6-4, 240 (3)
A wide receiver-like player at tight end, he made 114 grabs over the last three seasons for 1,675 yards and five scores. He needs to get stronger, and he has to become something of a blocker and a more consistent receiver. Someone will take him around the middle of the third round to the early fourth, but there’s work to do.
11. Tommy Sweeney, Boston College 6-4, 251 (6)
There’s just enough overall talent to make a team as a strong No. 2 tight end option. No one’s going to gush over his quickness or speed, but he’s an excellent blocker who knows his role, and he’s a reliable target with 99 career catches for 1,281 yards and ten scores.
10. Foster Moreau, LSU 6-4, 253 (5)
Just an okay receiver over the four years, with 46 of his 52 catches coming over the last two seasons, and with just 629 yards. It’s not really his fault; he wasn’t used enough. As a run blocker, he’s among the best in the draft to go along with his upside as target who could get a whole lot better.
9. Zach Gentry, Michigan 6-8, 265 (5)
A field stretcher who averaged close to 17 yards per catch on his 49 grabs over two years, he’s a nightmare of a matchup with his amazing size and range. He’s still working on being a tight end, and he needs the tweaking. The rare size and upside are too good to ignore.
8. Alize Mack, Notre Dame 6-4, 249 (6)
A rising receiver who should do even more in the pros, he caught 68 passes in his three years with four scores – three last season – he’s a dangerous target who can move really, really well. It’ll take a little while and a little work, but he’s a late-round get who’ll stick.
7. Dawson Knox, Ole Miss 6-5, 254 (5)
The tools are all there with great size and the right look to go along with the speed or a big receiver. He didn’t make all that many catches – 39 in two years – and he didn’t score, but he can stretch the field. Don’t worry about the lack of production – the Rebels had three NFL wide receivers.
6. Josh Oliver, San Jose State 6-5, 249 (5)
A volume catcher who rose up and rocked over the last two seasons – catching 91 passes – and now he’ll be seen as a pure-receiving option who runs well and can stretch the middle of the field. He’ll slide because of his blocking, but he’ll be taken in your fantasy draft.