2019 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings: From The College Perspective

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2019 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings: From The College Perspective


Which tight ends will matter in the 2019 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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It’s been a rough run for tight end drafts over the last several seasons.

There might have been a few surprises and good players here and there, but for the most part, mediocrity has dominated since the 2013 draft featuring Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce.

This year should be a little bit different with a few fantastic prospects up top, and then it falls off the map in a big hurry. After the first wave, throw the next 15 or so in a bag, pull one out, and you might have the right guy. But that means the top three tight ends are going to go really, really early.

15.  Zach Gentry, Michigan

6-8, 265: Give it some time. He’s a former quarterback who needs a whole lot of work and polish, but he averaged 17 yards per catch on 49 grabs over the last two years. He’s not fast, he’s not all that strong as a blocker, and he fights way, way too hard to catch the ball, but with his size and potential, he’s worth a flier.
Projected Round: Seventh

14. Tommy Sweeney, Boston College

6-4, 251: There’s just enough missing to pass on him without too much of a problem, and there’s just enough there to make him an interesting prospect to take on Day Three. The biggest problem is that he’s SLOWWWWWWW. The 4.83 40 isn’t good enough for a pure receiving tight end, but he’ll make plays, catching 99 passes for 1,281 yards and ten scores.
Projected Round: Fifth

13. Isaac Nauta, Georgia

6-3, 244: The superstar recruit was okay, but hardly anything special even with 68 career catches for 905 yards and eight scores in his three seasons. He’s not big enough, he’s slow, and again, the production wasn’t there, but he plays faster than he times and he’ll find a way to make a roster.
Projected Round: Fifth

12. Drew Sample, Washington

6-5, 255: The receiving production wasn’t there, but he’s a decent prospect who looks the part with good speed and all-around athleticism. Liked in workouts, the tape isn’t there to match … as a receiver. He came up with just 46 career catches and five scores in four years, but he can really, really block.
Projected Round: Fifth

11. Caleb Wilson, UCLA

6-4. 240: Fast for this class, he busted through the 4.6 40 mark and was quick throughout all of the drills. He’s not a locker and he’s a bulky receiver more than an all-around tight end. There’s still plenty of work to do, but he can catch – 114 grabs over his three seasons – and he’ll bring value as a pure receiver. He’ll be a fun Day Three pick.
Projected Round: Sixth 

10. Kaden Smith, Stanford

6-5, 255: The only thing missing is the raw speed. Okay … any speed. He’s a 4.9 40 runner, but he can move, he uses his body well, and he can catch, making 70 career grabs averaging 15 yards per catch. There’s nothing special about his game or his style, but he’s going to work his way into a roster as low-risk No. 2 tight end who’ll do a little of everything right.
Projected Round: Fifth

9. Alize Mack, Notre Dame

6-4, 249: He’s not going to be tough enough as a blocker, and he plays like more of a wide receiver than an H-Back, but there’s a whole lot of promise and upside. Explosive and quick, he moves well and smooth and should grow into a role as a Day Three pass catcher.
Projected Round: Fifth

8. Foster Moreau, LSU

6-4, 253: With a decent all-around skill set, nice quickness, and good enough size and speed, he’s got the NFL look and upside to grow into a strong part of a tight end rotation. The numbers were just okay – making 46 grabs over the last two seasons – but his money will be made as a big-time blocker. If he’s not the most physical tight end in this class, he’s a close second.
Projected Round: Fourth

7. Josh Oliver, San Jose State

6-5, 249: It was hard to stand out playing for San Jose State, but Oliver did it. He’s a great athlete with explosion and decent quickness, and his money will be made with his hands making 91 career grabs. He’ll slide because he can’t block, but no one will care when he’s moving the chains.
Projected Round: Fourth

6. Dawson Knox, Ole Miss

6-4, 254: A decent receiver with more upside than proven production, you scored as many touchdowns in your college career as he did, but he made 39 grabs for 605 yards. He’s a good athlete with great size and the right frame, and soon he’ll be a field stretcher. There’s work to be done, and he has to prove it, but remember, Ole Miss had three NFL wide receivers who handled most of the work.
Projected Round: Fourth

5. Kahale Warring, San Diego State

6-5, 252: He went from being a good prospect in the pack of good tight ends to a great-looking target with a whole world of upside.

He’s still improving his game and still needs to refine things and figure out the subtle nuances. He only caught 51 passes for 637 yards with eight scores over the last three seasons, but he played for a running team that didn’t come up with a whole slew of passes going his way.

His workouts were good enough for a guy who looks the part and plays like a fluid, athletic bulked up receiver. A strong all-around athlete who’s getting better and better, it’ll take some time, some seasoning, and maybe a year of coaching, but the upside is enormous.

Projected Round: Third
Real Value: Third

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