Tight Ends

Oregon State v Michigan

By Oliver Connolly, Editor-In-Chief

What we’re looking for/grading

Production – The players collegiate production relative to competition; catches, drops, touchdowns etc. Also, did he play within the structure of his college offense?

Athleticism – The blend of height-weight-speed. Informed largely by combine numbers and pro days.

Separation Skills – A player’s ability to separate from man-coverage and the intellectual ability to find soft spots in zone coverage. Separation skills incorporate a players hands and feet as well as head fakes, stutter steps and the ability to get a free release. Also, can he align all over the formation? As an in-line blocker, spread out as a wide receiver, in the slot and perhaps in the backfield.

Ball Skills – A player’s catching ability and ability to make plays on the ball. This includes a player’s catching radius, catching ability, competitiveness, the ability to catch the ball in traffic and the ability to high point the ball.

Downfield Ability – A player’s ability to make ig plays down the filed, both through the air and in the after the catch game.

Blocking – How well does a player block. Is he able to block in space or only as an in-line blocker, How does he play in unbalanced formations, can he pop defenders and does he play with good pad level.

Grade Scale:

1 – Poor

2 – Below Average

3 – Average

4 – Above Average

5 – Elite

Positional Averages:

Pos. Height Weight. Arm Hand Bench 10 20 40 VJ BJ SS LS 3 Cone
TE 6-4 257 32 7/8 9 7/8 24 1.66 2.77 4.77 30.8 9-7 4.19 11.55 7.05

Rankings:

Name

School

HT-WT

Production

Athleticism

Separation Skills

Ball Skills

Downfield Ability

Blocking

Jake Butt

Michigan

6-6, 248

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Hunter Henry

Arkansas

6-5, 253

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Nick Vannett

Ohio State

6-6, 250

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Jordan Leggett

Clemson

6-5, 250

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Jerell Adams

SouthCarolina

6-6, 231

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O.J. Howard

Alabama

6-6, 242

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Bucky Hodges

VirginiaTech

6-7, 242

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Evan Engram

OleMiss

6-3, 227

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Austin Hooper

Stanford

6-4, 248

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Bryce Williams

EastCarolina

6-6, 258

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