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2012 TE Rankings

April 10, 2012

Tight End

Prototype in the NFL: Rob Gronkowski

Best In Class

Best Hands: Brad Smelley                Best Route Runner: Dwayne Allen

Best Blocker: Corey Harkey            Best Open Field Runner: Michael Egnew

Best Burst: Drake Dunsmore            Best Jump Ball Ability: Coby Fleener

1. Coby Fleener Stanford #82 6’6 247 Sr.

Comparison: Jermichael Finley

Background: Redshirted in 2007. 0/12 in ’08 as backup TE. 4/13 at TE in ’09 in semi-backup role. 2nd team Pac-10 in ’10 and 1st team Pac-12 in ’11.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

34

667

19.6

10

2010

28

434

15.5

7

2009

21

266

12.7

1

2008

13

176

13.5

0

Combine: Didn’t workout at the combine due to an ankle injury and probably also due to being the #1 TE on many peoples’ boards.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6060

247

33.38

10

63.6

Notes: Tall, thin guy who is built more like a WR than a TE. Had a very athletic play as he hurdled a Virginia Tech defender on a sideline run (11:25 3rd), later had a 41 yd TD on a play action pass (5:50 3rd), continued with a 58 yard TD where he broke a tackle and raced to the end zone (12:29 4th), and finished his big night with a wide open 38 yd TD (6:05 4th). Had decent stats in ’10 (28 434 7 TD) as he split time with two other TEs. Might be worth a FA contract but unlikely to even get that unless he runs well or bulks up 1/4/11. In the 2011 Oregon game he had a great back shoulder catch adjusting awkwardly to the angle and catching it with a LB Eddie Pleasant all over him (2:14 2nd), dropped wide open cross forcing long FG that was missed (10:14 3rd). In the 2011 Washington game he showed his great hands grabbing ball in end zone that was a tad underthrown and lofting near LB for 1 yd TD-Gronkowski type of catch (14:26 2nd). In the 2011 Notre Dame game he had a 55 yd TD on seam route that he took the distance that I had to rewind as I initially thought it was a WR. He was an absolute bullet down the field showing off his big play ability (5:48 4th). It’s funny to read my comments at the end of last year as I thought he was a tweener guy who was worth a late round at most. That’s why I keep my previous thoughts as even though it makes me look dumb right now you can see a prospects progression throughout his career. He set career marks for receptions, yards, TDs, and yards per catch so you can make the case that he looked like a different player in 2011 and the stats don’t even show his biggest improvement which was his hands as he made a few spectacular catches on jump balls and balls behind him or over his head that few players in the NFL can make. After seeing his one handed TD catch in the end zone and his 55 yd TD in the Notre Dame game I became a believer. He’s raw and will struggle as a blocker but he has Pro Bowl potential.

Tape: 2011:Washington,California,Oregon,Oklahoma St. 2010:Oregon, Virginia Tech

Overall: It’s more by default than anything that Coby wins the top spot among TEs in this year’s draft as this is the rare year that not only is there not a 1st round talent but there isn’t one even that close. Fleener is the closest as he’s tall (6’6), fast, and semi-productive. I say semi-productive as he is productive but not in the Vernon Davis/Jermaine Greshman/Kellen Winslow Jr. style and both Ladarius Green and Michael Egnew had better years than him both in 2010 and 2011. Yet he puts to shame the lack of productivity of recent top TEs like Greg Olsen and Kyle Rudolph so it’s becoming a position where productivity is often overlooked. Fleener gets the top spot because of his projectability as he’s around 250 lbs yet still very skinny making it probable that he will continue to develop his body and eventually be a 6’6 265 TE with 10 inch hands, long arms, and good speed. He’s faster and taller than Allen and Charles, bigger than Green, and stronger, tougher, and better on jump balls than Egnew. I still am not a huge fan of his as a blocker but I do think he has Pro Bowl potential if he can keep his speed while adding another 10-15 lbs as it’s rare to find someone as tall and fast as him who also has elite hands. Early 2nd round 2/29/12.

2. Dwayne Allen Clemson #83 6’3 1/8 255 Jr.

Comparison: Owen Daniels

Background: John Mackey Award Winner in 2011. 1st team ACC in 2011.

Stats: ACC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

2011

50

598

12.0

8

2010

33

373

11.3

1

2009

10

108

10.8

3

Combine: Had an incredibly disappointing 40 time. Did looked ripped and just all muscle. Solid on tip toe drill. Very good adjusting route so ball fell perfectly into him in over the shoulder drill. Very strong block on pad drill. Caught 6 of 7 balls in gauntlet drill with one showing his big hands as he sort of missed it but held on. Ran a nice route in out and up drill. Was out of control on his route but looked explosive on out and up drill. Good route and outstanding extended hands/diving catch on corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6031

255

33

9.63

4.89

27

32

902

4.37

7.12

81.3

Notes: In the 2011 North Carolina game he was called for a hold on off tackle run (6:32 1st), 13 yd out getting the last few on YAC showing good speed to get open and agility making a S miss (11:46 3rd), almost caught a one handed short out on overthrown ball but dropped it, nice jumping extended hands catch on 6 yd out by sidelines (4:00 3rd), outstanding job coming back to the ball for 9 yd cross that could have been INT by LB as he stepped up out of route to make sure he got the ball before LB could make a play, sliding catch on 4 yd hitch again showing his elite hands (2:05 3rd), good route for 10 yd TD seeing the soft spot in the zone and making a slight head fake the other way to open the spot even more vs. LB (1:43 3rd). In the 2011 Florida St. game he ran a smooth short out but couldn’t catch contested ball (14:57 2nd), nice speed, hands, and agility faking a block on LB then passing him for easy 13 yd TD beating S to the pylon (11:31 2nd), forced hold on LB Nigel Bradham on out and up (12:10 3rd), beat Bradham on 7 yd dagger route on 3rd and 5 showing good agility in and out of break but most impressively was his huge hands looking soft and strong (11:30 3rd), false start on 4th down causing punt instead of attempt for first, open deep on wheel route but QB missed him (6:05 3rd), outstanding hands on extended catch while diving for 11 yd in on 3rd and 10 showing his elite hands (14:41 4th), 33 yd catch and run on deep in showing good speed and agility for YAC on a huge play on 3rd and 10 with a slight lead (7:02 4th). His combination of size, speed, agility, and most of all hands make him for sure at least a 3rd rounder at TE who will be judged a lot on his speed. His height limits his grade as does his weight (same thing basically as his lack of height means he can’t become a 270 lb type) but his hands are elite and he has certain elements to his game that scream 1st rounder so it is an outside possibility 10/13/11. In the 2011 South Carolina game he showed good pass blocking skills with his long arms and big hands, lined up at FB and had a good block on DL (13:47 2nd), very nice short out catching it and then turning upfield to dive over defenders for a 9 yd TD-just is very agile for such a big guy (11:33 2nd), great no rush in 5 sec vs. DL, dropped very contested ball on sideline. In the 2011 West Virginia game he was thrown out of the way on in line block vs. LB Naje Goode, good 8 yd hitch then turned upfield for another 6-hit hard at end but looked quick, okay wall off from FB spot on long TD run by RB, good attempt at jumping 20 yd catch over the middle against double cov, poor block as FB missing blitzing LB in hole allowing TFL, dropped contested 8 yd out, dropped contested 6 yd hitch-probably PI by LB, PF on pushing after whistle when down by 43 pts-deserving but nothing too serious. He had a very quiet game but his mobility, hands, versatility (could play TE, FB, HB), and solid blocking skills make him a 2nd rounder 1/12/12 as he has everything but height and elite speed.

Tape: 2011:Florida St.,North Carolina,South Carolina,West Virginia

Overall: It’s nice when the combine shows you exactly what the tape showed you during the season as it makes evaluating easy. All season long he looked to have big, soft hands to go along with very good strength, and good explosion that made his routes crisp and allowed him to get open. He looked like a very good TE yet one without elite deep speed and who was a shorter guy who won’t be an elite red zone jump ball threat like a Graham, Gonzalez, or Gronkowski. His combine proved that as he measured 6’3 1/8 and ran a poor 40 time but in the drills he looked spectacular and continued to look far more impressive than Orson Charles who was shorter, less explosive, and had shorter arms. Some will downgrade him b/c of his poor 40 time but they should look back at the tape as he never blew the top off the coverage and consistently worked the shorter area routes. He has elite versatility as I do think he could be a full time FB in a passing offense and will be a great mismatch for a team but don’t expect Pro Bowls from him as he’s polished but lacks the elite size/speed ratio for stardom. Late 2nd round as my #2 TE 2/28/12.

3. Michael EgnewMissouri #82 Sr.

Comparison: Rob Housler

Background: Won the 2010 John Mackey Award beating out DJ Williams and Lance Kendrick who both were drafted in the first 4 rounds of the 2011 draft. 1st team Big 12 in 2011.

Stats:

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

50

523

10.5

3

2010

90

762

8.5

5

2009

3

25

8.3

0

2008

4

22

5.5

0

Combine: Absolutely flew in his 40 both time wise and eyeball test wise. Didn’t run the on tip toe drill correctly. Looked very fast in over the shoulder drill. Average on pad drill. Caught all 7 balls in gauntlet drill and had one catch on ball behind him but most were close into body. Caught 6 of 7 balls in gauntlet drill. Dropped extended hands catch on curl route drill. Solid route and catch in out and up drill. Good speed, route, and catch in out and up drill. Very good speed and great catch with tiptoe on corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6051

252

33

9.75

4.62

21

36

1011

4.32

7.03

100

Notes: One of the 3 finalists for the John Mackey (best TE) award due to his great production in ’10 (90 762 5 TD). Is an undersized TE who will be a passing TE needing to be split out. has good speed, hands, and routes but doesn’t have elite speed to make him stand out. Not highly recruited out of HS but was a 25 ft long jumper. In the ’10 Insight Bowl had a very nice 25 yd catch on a seam route against great coverage (6:30 3rd). In the 2011 Arizona St. game had a hold on run play, good agility on 14 yd catch after flexing out (5:10 1st), no separation vs. LB Oliver Aaron on goal line out for inc, good separation and hands on fade for TD to tie game late in 4th (2:51 4th). In the 2011 Texas Tech game he had a great 6 yd TD in back of end zone winning jump ball by high pointing it over the safety in an elite play even by NFL standards (4:50 3rd). In the 2011 North Carolina game had solid hands catch and mobility on TE screen picking his way for 4 yds on 3rd and 2, good speed on 25 yd catch getting easily past LB Zach Brown on 9 route-another nice hands catch (5:00 1st), nice burst on quick slant vs. safety for 10 yds-another hands catch. Senior Bowl: Day 1: Blocked DE Vinny Curry initially but shed for tackle on inside run. 11×11: Beat DE Shea McClellin on 15 yd in. Day 3: Good catch and route vs. tight cov vs. S Harrison Smith on out. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Solid though just shielded block vs. LB Keenan Robinson, good 5 yd checkdown racing upfield and breaking LB Zach Brown’s tackle with agile spin move to get total of 15 yds, did better job on block of Robinson-not overpowering and eventual lost it but held up well for a bit, helpless trying to move DE Courtney Upshaw who just pushed him away and stayed in his hole on run play. Out of the 6 TEs he was #2 and very close to the top guy Ladarius Green as Egnew showed good speed, good hands, and some of the best YAC skills in the TE group. He loves to spin off tacklers, an odd move for a big guy like a TE but one that showed who he is as he has great athleticism but also is soft. Green was +15 lbs lighter than him but was a superior blocker and unfortunately for Egnew it appears it’s a mindset thing more than a weight or strength thing which from my experience is much harder to fix.

Tape: 2011:Arizona St.,North Carolina,Texas Tech 2010: OU,Iowa

Overall: Egnew is a flawed player who unfortunately doesn’t appear likely to fix his one major flaw that would catapult him up draft boards. He’s not just a poor blocker but an uninterested blocker who probably won’t change down the road even if he puts on another 10 lbs of muscle and learns better technique. I’ve watched enough games of his that I can definitely say he couldn’t care less about blocking. That means he will only be a pass catching TE and most likely will be split out wide by teams which reduces his value dramatically. That being said he can’t just be dismissed as a prospect as he is clearly one of the top receiving TEs in this draft and had the best combine of any of the 13 TEs with an elite combination of height (6’5 1/8), speed (4.62), and explosion (10’11 broad and ’36 vertical were tops among TEs). He’s a niche player but he does that one thing extremely well as he can stretch the seam, has some of the best hands coming up with contested catches regularly, and is very good in the open field. If he ever became a great blocker he’d be a 1st rounder in a heartbeat but I doubt he ever does. 3rd round 2/28/12.

4. Ladarius Green Louisiana-Lafayette 6’5 ¾ 238 Sr.

Background: 0/12 in ’08 as a reserve TE. 2nd team All Sun Belt in ’09 despite missing 3 games with an injury. Led all TEs nationally in receiving yards in 2010 despite being doubled 90% of the time per coaches. First team All Sun Belt in ’10 and ’11.

Stats: Sun Belt

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

51

606

11.9

8

2010

44

794

18.0

7

2009

32

533

16.7

2

2008

22

268

12.2

5

Combine: Looked ridiculously skinny at 238 but also looked to have no fat and a frame that could add a lot of weight over the next few years. His 40 time was the same exact time as Dustin Keller who used the time to catapult up draft boards. Very good on tip toe drill. Very good job adjusting to ball in over the shoulder drill. Caught all 7 balls in gauntlet drill yet triple caught one. Solid on curl route drill. Good quickness and speed in out and up drill. Very impressive stop at end of sideline to tiptoe and catch on corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6056

238

34.5

10.13

4.53

16

34.5

1004

4.47

7.12

87.9

Notes: Looks more like a WR than a TE. Slowed by an injury early in the year but had 45 486 7 TDs in the final 3 games.  the 2011 San Diego St. game he caught a 44 yd jump ball vs. a safety draped all over him-called for PI on their first play from scrimmage! (9:21 1st), dropped ball with defender on him in flat-tough catch in traffic, didn’t locate ball on quick slant not getting head around in time, solid 20 yd post for TD going untouched on route-for a guy his weight he isn’t the burner I expected and I think he seems pretty over hyped to me, great 39 yd post showing elite mobility for his size to make a defender miss for YAC-showed the speed I was missing on that play at least (11:27 3rd), okay block on edge vs. LB Miles Burris, they flexed him out in the game 90% of the time essentially using him like a WR as he never seemed to block, solid block on smaller DE on edge during inside run, no separation on seam route for INC and near INT, solid 5 yd fade route missing one handed catch, even better fade route getting position but CB played it well knocking ball out of his hands for INC and FG. Is a tall, rangy WR like TE with solid speed and great hands. For a TE prospect 20-30 lbs lighter than everyone else I expected better speed than he has but I still see the intrigue as his jump ball against a WR showed his great hands as they are huge. Not a fan of smaller TEs like him unless they are ultra fast so his 40 time will be important. 5th round 12/19/11. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Solid separation on out vs. Ryan Steed but did have semi push off, small separation vs. S Antonio Allen-soft hands on both catches so far, no separation vs. S Markelle Martin who cut his out route for pbu. Day 3: 1×1: Solid quickness vs. big cushion of CB Dequan Menzie getting easy cross, easily got separation again this time on in route vs. S Brandon Taylor-he isn’t very sudden but is a long strider that consistently surprises with how quick he gets to a spot and is night and day better than Peterson at this point. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Solid block staying in front of DE Derek Wolfe though was thrown around at end of play-too small but he tries, no separation vs. LB Lavonte David on 8 yd curl in middle, no separation vs. LB on short out, no separation vs. LB Bobby Wagner near goal line for pbu, solid block on DE Cam Johnson with QB rolling away-pushed back but stayed in front and did his job, good separation on 17 yd out and ball on him quickly and a little high but it was still very catchable, had nice block for 3 sec vs. DE Jack Crawford (4:55 3rd). Was hurt by the extremely unimaginative routes given to TEs and RBs as all of their routes were within 15 yds of the LOS with most actually within 7 yds.  Out of the 6 TEs he was the best with only Michael Egnew close to him as he was tall, long armed, fast, had soft hands, and actually was an okay blocker. He obviously will be an H-back to start his career but he has the frame to get to 250 or even 260 someday and seems to have legit core strength which wasn’t the case with previous tall, skinny, fast guys like Robert Housler. 4th round 2/15/12. Came in 8 lbs heavier to the combine than his 2011 playing weight and absolutely looked ripped. Now is 238 lbs and still looks skinny making it very possible for a team to draft him and get him into the mid 240’s before his rookie season. Had the 2nd best 40 time of any TE but I went back to the film and he doesn’t play 4.53 fast so part of that is just track speed and doesn’t translate.

Tape: 2011:Arkansas St.,San DiegoSt., Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Green is a unique player in that he looks basically like a TE at 6’5 ¾ 238 lbs and usually I’m not a fan of those types (Jordan Cameron last year is a good example). Yet after watching two games of his plus his time at the Senior Bowl and Combine I came away thinking that this kid has legit top notch talent and only needs to gain a little more weight. The first thing most scouts will notice about his is how big and soft his hands are as he’s one of the more natural catchers you’ll find at the position. That’s a huge advantage of his, as are his freakishly long arms and big hands, in that he isn’t an elite burner (despite what his 40 time suggests) and he’ll be mainly used on short to intermediate routes. He’s a long strider who can beat a safety deep but is much better working the intermediate routes against LBs who he consistently can get separation against. His one negative is that at less than 240 lbs he isn’t a good blocker but he has the frame to add another 20 lbs during his career (at 238 lbs he looks very skinny still) and shows an aggressiveness in blocking that you don’t see from Egnew or Charles. I really have fallen for him and think that a team could use him solely at H-back in year 1 and then turn him into a full time TE once he gets his weight up into the 250s. 3rd round and my #4 TE 2/28/12.

5. Orson Charles Georgia #7 6’2 ½ 251 Jr.

Comparison: Poor man’s Aaron Hernandez

Background: Freshman All American in ’09. 1st team SEC in 2011. Was on the honor roll all three years atGeorgia and is known as a hard worker in the classroom and in the weight room.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

2011

45

574

12.8

5

2010

26

422

16.2

2

2009

23

374

16.3

3

Combine: Didn’t run 40 at the combine b/c his agent decided against it. Stopped running over the shoulder drill for INC. Looks ripped in uniform but not as big or strong as Dwayne Allen. Caught all 7 balls in gauntlet drill but ran route wrong. Caught all 7 balls in gauntlet drill but still seemed to look the wrong way at times on the drill-not very smart? Looked good on curl route drill. Solid route (not as explosive looking as Allen) and dropped perfect ball in out and up drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6024

251

32.5

9.25

42.1

Notes: Has a red colored Mohawk. In the 2011 South Carolina game he did a good job blocking DE Jadeveon Clowney one on one for 3 secs to help running play (7:55 1st). In the 2011 Boise St. game showed very good speed long striding to get out to 15 yd out catching it in stride (14:57 2nd), went in motion on 4th and 1 but I think he forgot his assignment as he went to block a safety allowing DE to go untouched for TFL? (12:22 2nd), good separation on 12 yd out, very nice 28 yd catch and run on seam route spinning away from safety tackle for the last 10 yds-shows outstanding quickness for a TE (10:25 3rd), blew past S Travis Stanaway on play action on 4th and 2 for an easy 36 yd corner in route TD (1:22 3rd). In the 2011 Tennessee game he showed noticeably on shallow cross getting lots of separation vs. LBs then had nice catch on ball behind him on awkward angle (11:40 3rd), forced PI near goal line on quick out (9:42 3rd), called for holding on run play. In the 2011 Georgia Tech game he had a nice +20 yd dig getting wide open vs. zone, holding on DE on run play in red zone-very costly as backed them up 10 yds in red zone (3:44 1st), very impressive 31 yd seam route getting separation and making tough extended hands catch over the middle (11:35 2nd), solid 8 yd dump off but didn’t look that elusive in space and tackled easily by LB, good speed after the catch on 8 yd cross taking it upfield to get 29 yds but fumbled at the end of the run but recovered his own fumble, In the 2011 Michigan St. game he looked tiny but had a good wall off of DE William Gholston on inside run, shovel pass in backfield for 2 yds on 3rd and 3 (8:07 1st), surprisingly drove Gholston a few yards off ball on run behind him. He didn’t make much of an impact and though his blocking was surprisingly effective I still think he looks puny against NFL caliber players and I question if he can be anything more than an H-Back at the next level. 4th round 1/19/12.

Tape: 2011:Boise St.,South Carolina,Tennessee, LSU, Georgia Tech,Michigan St.

Overall: Orson is one of the biggest discrepancies in a negative way among prospects in this draft as his consensus grade is an early to mid 2nd round grade by scouts yet I just don’t see it. The issue I have with him is that he’s short (6’2 ½), has explosion but isn’t a true burner, and has the mediocre arms and small hands that make it unlikely that he ever will be a legit blocker. He does work harder at blocking than Michael Egnew and others but to me he’s a glorified H-back and that seems extremely overvalued for a 2nd round pick. The biggest issue I have is that he was in a very good offense with weapons all around him and too often he was invisible. 2nd round picks, especially skill position 2nd round picks, shouldn’t be invisible. Add to that the fact that his frame seems to be about as filled out as you would expect it to get and his upside seems limited compared to a Ladarius Green type. He’ll be a dependable H-back or pass catching TE who can exploit slower LBs but he’s a situational player and because of that he maxes out as a 4th round pick and my #5 TE 2/28/12.

6. George Bryan North Carolina St. #84 6’5 265 Sr.

Comparison: Poor man’s Brandon Pettigrew

Stats: ACC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

33

331

10.0

4

2010

35

369

10.5

3

2009

40

422

10.6

6

2008

18

201

11.2

4

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

Notes: Huge guy that is very obvious on film as he is tall, huge and can run pretty well for his size. Has nice hands and was adept vs. WV in the ’10 Champs Sports Bowl at finding spots in the zone. I am very impressed with his body, his speed, his hands, and his quickness off the line. He looks like a 2nd rounder to me at this point as he won’t be a star but will be a very good starter for awhile 12/29/10. Enters the 2011 season ranked #47 on my Big Board. More catches than any TE in NC State history. In the 2011 Louisville game he had a nice contested catch for 6 yd out on 3rd and 5 then rumbled for another 4 yds-definitely not a speedster but great hands, very late off snap on run play, got feisty after blocked punt pushing a few players around pile up, dropped open 15 yd pass over middle, good speed on 12 yd out route but not thrown, great catch in traffic with defender’s hands on his arms for 8 yd gain (5:05 2nd), solid 10 yd out on 3rd down-he’s the QBs favorite target in pressure situations. Once again I have the same grade on him as a tall, strong, sure handed TE who isn’t the fastest in the world but looks like a future starter in the NFL. He won’t make the Pro Bowls or stretch a defense down the seam but he’ll make a lot of tough catches on 3rd down and be a solid blocker for a team for a long time. 3rd round 12/27/11. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he got the start at TE, no separation vs. LB Brandon Lindsey on seam route, solid run block vs. Lindsey on goal line run but shed after two sec, good separation (possible missed coverage) getting wide open for 25 yds on catch and run in middle of field (9:20 2nd), good run block on Lindsey on goal line run but shed after 3 sec, good block vs. DE pushing him well away from inside run, good pass pro on DE, poor run block on DE getting shed for 1 yd tackle on run behind him-did go jar LB after DE slipped past him, good job handling speed rush by DE Julian Miller driving him into the ground, DE slipped past him but recovered well going out to pattern and getting 8 yd dump off over the middle, good separation on 20 yd seam route vs. LB Joshua Linam (2:18 4th). Out of the 8 TEs at East-West Shrine Game he was one of the best at #2 (Harkey). 4th round 1/22/12.

Tape: 2011:Louisville, East-West Shrine Game 2010:West Virginia

Overall: George seems to be a guy that has fallen through the cracks in the draft process this year as he didn’t get invited to the Senior Bowl or the combine and seems to have a late round/FA grade on him at this point by scouts. That’s a huge mistake as the one thing this kid can do that nearly no one else in this draft can do is block. He won’t stretch the defense by attacking the seam with speed and won’t get lots of YAC with quickness but he has extremely sure hands to consistently catch the ball in traffic and is a very solid blocker in the run game. At worst he looks like a career backup TE but I still think that in the right situation he could be a capable starter who gets 500 yards receiving a year and is flanked by a capable H-back who comes in the game in certain situations. Late 4th round and my #6 TE 2/28/12. Since I published my TE rankings Orson has been arrested for a DUI and had a terrible pro day running a 4.71 with the heavy wind and a 4.93 against it. My late 4th round grade was 2 rounds off the average rating when I did it but it could be right on target by the time the draft occurs as he’s slipping badly 3/10/12.

7. Drake Dunsmore Northwestern #9 6’2 1/8 241 Sr.

Stats: Big Ten

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

45

522

11.6

6

2010

40

381

9.5

5

2009

48

532

11.1

3

2008

0

0

0

0

2007

11

141

12.8

0

Combine: Caught all 7 balls in gauntlet drill with ease. Again Caught all 7 balls in gauntlet drill with ease and arguably has the smoothest hands of all the TEs. Nice extended hands catch on curl route drill. Solid route in out and up drill. Very good route and break on corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6021

241

32.75

9.63

4.64

21

35.5

909

4.03

6.73

80.4

Notes: Had a nice 66 yd TD reception vs. Auburn (eventual national champions) getting pass out in flat and breaking defender’s tackle with spin then a stiff arm. Once free he raced down the sideline showing superior speed vs. numerous defenders breaking the final defenders tackle at the 12 yd line to walk into the end zone in spectacular fashion (0:35 3rd). That same year he had a spectacular one handed catch in the back of the end zone snaring it well past his body as he had to keep a foot in bonds and it was thrown too far out of bounds-elite hands and body control.

Tape: 2011:Texas A&M

Overall: I will admit that I only saw one full game of his this year and the rest of his grade comes from his combine performance and his highlights on youtube. Yet everything I’ve seen keeps showing me the same thing: he’s very athletic, productive, and underrated. His numbers are right up there with everyones but Michael Egnew’s as he has 3 seasons of 40 or more receptions which gives him one more than Orson Charles, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and David Paulson COMBINED! His combine performance was elite in every speed and quickness drill (1st out of the 13 TEs in 3 cone and shuttle) and his game film showed it transferring to the field. Due to his lack of size it’s unlikely he’s anything more than a niche H-back type but he’s clearly superior to DeAngelo Peterson and looks like a big time sleeper. 5th round and my #7 TE 2/28/12.

8. Brad SmelleyAlabama #17 6’3 229 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

34

356

10.5

4

2010

6

55

9.2

0

2009

7

50

7.1

0

2008

7

98

14.0

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

Notes: In the 2011 Penn St. had a false start (7:22 3rd). Noticed him on a few short passes and he is way too small to be as slow and average athletically as he is. Undrafteable 9/16/11. In the 2011 Auburn game he was setup with TE screen and weaved his way for 1st down, showed very solid speed on shallow cross catching it in stride for  10yds on 3rd and 4, broken coverage gave him 35 yd TD and walk into end zone-again was impressed with his speed (4:33 1st), nice catch on awkward angle and did it in stride to be able to then extend for 1st on 3rd and short-he catches the ball so smoothly and has very underrated speed, elite play showing speed on shallow cross to get open vs. LB then pancaked CB in open field to open up space getting 26 yds ending with a big hit he gave to a safety (11:09 2nd), poor block on run play-his frame and lack of strength are still huge negatives, good speed on short out getting angle for QB vs. safety converting 4th and 2 (3:38 2nd). In the 2011 LSU game #2 he had 4 yd out vs. LB Sam Baker, 8 yd out diving for last 3 vs. Baker, barely couldn’t get extended hands catch but plenty of space on 9 route vs. Baker, 4yd out vs. Baker, nice one handed catch of overthrown TE screen and spin off of first defender for a very tough 3 yds. Once again his hands, speed, and understanding of how to get open impressed me. His measurables still suck but I like the kid. 7th round 1/9/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Good route vs. CB Dequan Menzie for a little separation then an elite diving catch to haul it in, clearly faster than S Brandon Taylor getting separation and adding to it on YAC on short in, good separation on in vs. Menzie who slipped a bit but would have been open anyways. Day 3: 1×1: Good route vs. Taylor getting small separation and again dove for catch showing his elite hands and body control-I just am liking this guy more and more! 11×11: False start. Kyle Shanahan, “He’s versatile, savvy, and also fearless.” In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Solid separation on out and up that he basically turned into a curl vs. S Trenton Robinson as ball underthrown-forced him to make great diving hands catch, the kid has horrible measurables but he might have the best hands in the draft (9:15 1st), okay block vs. DE Jack Crawford but he disengaged to make tackle on inside run. Out of the 6 TEs he was #3 and far from the top 2 (Green, Egnew) but also far ahead of the bottom 3 (Peterson, Emil, Linthicum). 6th round 2/15/12. Not invited to the combine.

Tape: 2011: Spring game,Penn St.,Auburn,Florida, LSU 1, LSU 2

Overall: In the week of the Senior Bowl practices and game I continued to see the elite hands, body control, and separation ability that makes me think he will be a legit #2 TE or H-back for some team. There are so many reasons to not like him or to consider him not draft worthy yet if you just watch the film he is nearly unguardable. He was the team’s best receiver in the BCS Championship and that was against arguably the best D in the nation. He has arguably the best hands of any player in this draft. He’s been coached by Nick Saban and his staff while playing a major role in a championship winning program. To say he isn’t very tall and isn’t heavy enough is to dismiss the numerous positives that he has to offer. Brad isn’t a starting TE in the NFL and he never will be yet as a pass catching TE or H-back who excels at running the short and intermediate routes and can get separation against very athletic LBs and safeties it makes me think that he will make it in the NFL. 6th round and my #8 TE despite the feeling I have that he won’t be drafted 2/28/12.

9. Cory Harkey UCLA #87 6’4 260 Sr.

Comparison: Jeff King

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

1

10

10.0

0

2010

14

140

10.0

0

2009

8

41

5.1

1

2008

5

40

8.0

1

Combine: Looked slow in the 40 and only had 13 reps on the bench but on film he’s still an elite blocker. Has a very bad body which makes sense for his reps and makes a team wonder if he is just a naturally strong guy and not a hard worker. Solid body control on tip toe drill. Very nice extended hands catch in over the shoulder drill. Caught 6 of 7 balls and had trouble on another. Looked slow but had good hands in out and up drill. Again looked slow on corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6040

260

32

9.38

5.11

13

26.5

901

4.69

7.4

53.3

Notes: In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he got jarred by LB Brandon Lindsey when trying to battle edge on inside run, very good block on DE forcing him inside on run outside right behind him (3:15 1st), strong run block again this time on Lindsey-at worst could be a blocking TE as he is strong, tall, and aggressive, good block again on Lindsey, good separation on seam route vs. Lindsey but QB hit as he threw for INC, very good down block on DE creating hole outside for RB to run through for 8 yds-top notch blocker (0:06 1st), good battle with LB Joshua Linam not letting him disengage (both took some lumps), solid block on DE on inside run, very good down block on DE combining with RT to pancake him, elite blocking by a TE handling edge rush by a big DL and looking like a pretty solid OT (13:10 3rd), great run block vs. Linam pushing him back and holding him for 4 sec, again pancaked DE on a down block this time showing great aggressiveness shoving his head into the turf-just kicking DE and LBs butts all game (11:30 3rd), solid speed on cross route, easily handled DE on backside of run. Out of the 8 TEs at East-West Shrine Game he was the best at #1. 5th round 1/22/12. Drops to 6th round after seeing stats as he is clearly just a blocking TE 1/26/12.

Tape: 2011:Arizona,Oregon,Illinois

Overall: After watching him dominate at the East-West Shrine Game I had a 5th round grade on him and was ready to move him up as he showed himself to be an elite blocker and had solid hands. Yet since then it’s been nothing but downhill for him as I studied his stats and was shocked to find he only had 28 career receptions (1 as a senior!). Then I saw him at the combine and he shocked me by only putting up 13 reps on the bench. Finally he did the drills and not only looked slow (expected) but had a very out of shape, doughy body to him. He’s clearly an underachiever who gets by mainly on naturally ability as it still amazes me that he’s unequivocally the best blocking TE in this draft yet is out of shape and doesn’t work in the gym that much. That increases the chance a coach could really work with him and make him something special but also makes it more likely he could fade away and be out of the league in a few years. I still am interested in him though as he went to an event with George Bryan and David Paulson and looked superior to either of them. He’s a bit of a risk but as a late round blocking TE with good hands he still makes sense as a 6th rounder and my #9 TE 2/28/12.

10. James Hanna OU 6’3 ¾ 252 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

27

381

14.1

2

2010

18

292

16.2

7

2009

6

48

8.0

0

2008

1

-1

-1.0

0

Combine: Had a spectacular 40 time of 4.49 and at a legit 250 lbs. His 40 was the 4th fastest time by a TE since 2000. Dropped ball on tip toe drill. Dropped another ball in over the shoulder drill. Caught all 7 balls in gauntlet drill with ease except body caught last one. Okay on out and up drill. Stopped running in route causing INC on corner route drill?

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6036

252

33.13

9.25

4.49

24

36

1002

4.11

6.76

97.2

Notes: Had an okay year in ’10 (18 292 7 TD). In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. UConn had an easy TD on short out that he made look very smooth showing good hands and speed (10:13 1st). Free Agent 1/17/12. Finished 2nd only to Michael Egnew at the combine for TEs finishing 1st among the 13 TEs (only 8 or so really worked out) in the 40 and vertical jump, 2nd in the shuttle, 3 cone, and bench press, and 3rd in the broad jump. He absolutely aced the drills only finishing second because of his height which was middle of the pack and his hand size which was 11th and close to the bottom.

Tape: 2011:Florida St.,Texas,Oklahoma St.,Iowa

Overall: Didn’t impress me that much in the season but had a stunning combine performance that was backed up a bit by his numbers (16.2 ypr as a junior is elite for a TE as is 7 TDs). He’s an H-back type who has just enough size and strength to be an adequate blocker but will most likely serve a team best as a #2 TE who comes in for specific plays where they want to stretch the seam with a speed TE. He has the speed to do that and should make a roster as a role specific player. 6th round and my #10 TE 2/29/12.

11. DeAngelo Peterson LSU #19 6’3 ¼ 243 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

18

179

9.9

1

2010

16

198

12.4

0

2009

5

82

16.4

2

2008

0

0

0.0

0

Combine: False started twice on 40. Had a smooth 40 but his # underwhelmed a bit (4.76). Dropped ball on tip toe drill. Good in over the shoulder drill. Worst yet with only 5 of 7 in gauntlet drill despite catching one very high one. Double caught ball on corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6032

243

32.5

9.5

4.76

18

36

1001

7.19

69.2

Notes: Looks more like a ridiculously big WR than a TE but he has the frame to bulk up another 5-10 lbs to at least get to H-back level. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. TAMU dropped an easy 6 yd hitch (3:19 1st). In the 2011 Oregon game he had a pass in the 2nd Q and again in the 3rd Q where he showed very poor hands both times fumbling around with it before his huge mitts secured it (14:47 3rd), and had a huge 29 yard reception setting up the eventual TD that put LSU up 17 points to more of less end the game (5:10 3rd). In the 2011 Florida game had a great 22 yd catch vs. S Matt Elam on 3rd and 19 (8:45 3rd). In the 2011Alabama game #2 he was never noticed once. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 11×11: Poor block on LB Keenan Robinson who got TFL on run behind him. Day 3: 1×1: Very nice route vs. S Markelle Martin getting his hips turned for huge separation then making nice sliding catch on low and behind him ball. 11×11: Unable to keep DE Melvin Ingram in front of him very long at all on pass pro. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Okay downblock vs. DE Jack Crawford forcing him around and giving naked bootleg time to develop, 15 yd out that was open but QB hit as he threw for INT as it went well short, good route and catch on 6 yd out as ball was a little low, solid block vs. DT Derek Wolfe but only 3 step drop. At the Senior Bowl he had a few flashes where he showed his athleticism but was night and day inferior to Green and Egnew and even looked inferior to Smelley who made terrific catch after terrific catch. A guy his size needs to show elite speed and hands yet he showed neither. Out of the 6 TEs he was #4 and didn’t impress me at all.

Tape: 2011:Oregon,Mississippi St., Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Alabama 1, Georgia, Alabama 2

Overall: All year I saw Peterson ranked as a 2nd-4th rounder and wondered why as he looked like the classic H-back type yet without the elite speed, quickness, or hands you expect from the position. In essence he was just a short, smaller TE who didn’t bring anything to the table except his struggles as a blocker. There were flashes throughout his career of the explosion he had (as seen also in his vertical and broad jump numbers at the combine) yet he only had 2 games of +50 yards in his career and just as often struggled making the routine play. His innate athleticism makes him drafteable as he should be able to be a niche #3 TE for a team but he looks likely to be a career backup. 7th round and my #11 TE 2/28/12.

12. Bruce FigginsGeorgia #48 6’4 272 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

7

96

13.7

1

2010

4

27

6.8

2

2008

2

32

16.0

0

2007

3

24

8.0

1

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

Notes: Missed 2009 season. He has the height, weight, and look of a TE not a FB so I put him there prospect wise. In the 2011 South Carolina game he showed good speed and hands on a 25 yd short out from the backfield that he turned upfield very nicely (1:15 1st). In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had a great pancake on edge on end around behind him getting LB Josh Kaddu to the ground and jumping on him afterwards (13:10 1st), missed LB at 2nd level allowing tackle for no gain, lost edge on run block but run was inside, good block of Kaddu on pass pro, good battle on edge with Kaddu during inside run-didn’t let him disengage, poor job blocking LB on edge allowing play to be strung out ruining sweep, good block vs. Kaddu on edge not letting him disengage on inside run, no separation vs. Kaddu on 9 route for INC, good run block on edge vs. LB Steven Johnson pushing him out then pancaking him. Out of the 8 TEs at East-West Shrine Game he was one of the best at #3 (Harkey, Bryan). 6th round 1/22/12.

Tape: 2011:Boise St.,South Carolina,Tennessee, LSU,Michigan St.

Overall: It’s hard to grade Figgins as he was stuck behind Orson Charles at Georgia and forced to play out of position all year. He’s a good blocker who seems to have the ability to be a legit in line blocker for a team. This is clearly his best attribute as he isn’t the fastest or most athletic guy yet his frame, blocking ability, and hands make him essentially a poor man’s George Bryan. He’ll likely be a career backup but is a guy that I think has a nice combination of attributes making it likely he sticks with a team for awhile as a #3 and then a #2 TE. 7th round and my #12 TE 2/28/12.

13. DC JeffersonRutgers #10 6’6 258 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

12

118

9.8

0

2010

10

166

16.6

1

2009

5

108

21.6

0

2008

0

0

0.0

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

Notes: A tall, strong, feisty player who has room to gain weight on his frame as he looks more like a WR than a TE. In the 2011 Cincinnati game he showed great physicality getting 6 yd pass and shucking defender (almost a punch really) away from him to try and get YAC, false start, illegal formation, no separation vs. defender on seam route and unable to get awkward catch on essentially a back shoulder throw, split him out but just looked very slow making cut yet caught 10 yd out as it was thrown high and he has good hands and a huge throwing radius (7:20 2nd). Was a stud QB in HS who originally had committed to LSU. In the 2011 Iowa St. game he had a solid 12 yd diving catch in middle of field on 3rd and 10-lumbered on route though, good in line block vs. DE pancaking him on 3rd and 2 play (1:10 4th). He didn’t really do much in the game but his 6’6 frame has NFL written all over it and his tenacity I noticed in the last game as well as his past as a stud QB in HS makes him worth a late round flier. 7th round 1/2/12.

Tape: 2011:Cincinnati,Iowa St.

Overall: A highly talented, raw player who is perfect as a late round project type for a team with possibly an aging starting TE as he is a boom bust player who could be a starter down the road if he pans out. The thing I like the most about him is his tenacity as the first time I noticed him was when he was blocking a defender as he absolutely attacked him. His block was more like a punch and I just remember thinking how rare it is to see the tall, skinny, athletic types show the fire that I saw in him. At nearly 260 lbs he still looks skinny so a 6’6 270 lb TE isn’t totally out of the question with him and makes me think he’ll find a spot on a team somehow. It might take a year on the practice squad but he has 3rd round talent so I suspect someone will give him time to develop. 7th round and my #13 TE 2/29/12.

14. David PaulsonOregon #42 6’1 ½ 246 Sr.

Background: 3 time All Pac 12 Academic Team.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

31

438

14.1

6

2010

24

418

17.4

4

2009

12

185

15.4

0

2008

0

0

0.0

0

Combine: Average on tip toe drill. Average in over the shoulder drill. Both times he was only 1 of 2 in first balls but then caught the rest with ease on gauntlet drill. Barely missed extended hands catch in out and up drill. Good speed and easy catch on corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6012

246

32.75

10.13

4.93

21

32

902

4.4

7.18

68.2

Notes: In the 2011 LSU game he looked scared going across the middle as CB Morris Claiborne was coming to hit him (1st Q), and had a nice catch on ball on him quickly as it was thrown before he broke on the 7 yd turn around (11:17 2nd). In the 2011 UCLA game (Pac-12 Championship) he had a 20 yd catch and run on shallow cross turning it upfield and hurtling a defender then continuing his run downfield showing very good speed (11:15 2nd), caught 15 yd across the middle but dropped it when hit hard by S, wide open on 22 yd seam route for TD (4:50 3rd). In the 2011 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he had 12 yd out from backfield, great downfield block keeping S Aaron Henry away from his teammate 50 yds downfield to allow walk in TD. He is a very average blocker even being put to the opposite side of the intended run in many situations-he will definitely be tough to keep on the field due to his lack of size and toughness but has speed, good hands, and nice moves in the open field so some team will find a way to use him. 6th round due more to lack of scheme diversity than lack of talent 12/3/11. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had okay block on DE with run on other side, good pancake of LB Shawn Loiseau in hole on goal line run (10:45 2nd), solid block on CB at 2nd level-play away from him, no separation on 10 yd out vs. CB-good cut on route though, okay lead block as FB, didn’t turn when open on seam route getting ball in the back. Out of the 8 TEs at East-West Shrine Game he was #5 (Harkey, Bryan, Figgins, Ford). 6th round still 1/22/12.

Tape: 2011: LSU,Arizona St., Stanford, UCLA,Wisconsin

Overall: His combine was absolutely atrocious as a 6’1 ½ weak H-back needs to show elite athleticism and instead he came out and ran a 4.93 40 (8th out of 9 TEs), 9’2 broad jump (8th out of 9), and had a 7.18 shuttle (8th out of 9). His day couldn’t have gone much worse but I attribute it partially to the fact that he bulked up to 246 lbs and probably gained too much bad weight. Still I had issues with him as a prospect before the appalling lack of athleticism so this continues to make me question whether he has any chance of making a team if put in the wrong scheme. He isn’t a blocker, isn’t a deep threat, and won’t be a huge mismatch for a team to exploit but I still am keeping him as a late rounder because in the right scheme he still can work the short and intermediate routes. He’s made quite a few big plays in some of the biggest games the past two years in college so, though I don’t really want him on my team, I feel comfortable giving him a 7th round grade as my #14 TE 2/28/12.

15. Chase FordMiami #9 6’6 245 Sr.

Comparison: Jordan Cameron

Background: Juco transfer. Only 7 starts.

Stats: ACC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2011

9

88

9.8

1

2010

7

96

13.7

1

JUCO

JUCO

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

Notes: This year’s Jordan Cameron. A tall, skinny guy who looks like a WR. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he looked uncomfortable blocking not just being small but having no technique, solid block of LB Josh Kaddu, poor downblock on DE barely stopping him for a sec, blocked LB Brandon Marshall on run to other side, good speed separating from LB Tank Carder on seam route then jumping and winning ball vs. safety (tight cov) who fell down allowing him to race 70 yds until caught by other safety (5:27 1st), got 2 sec block on Kaddu but shed and helped make tackle on run behind him, okay block on Kaddu but no push so eventually got in on tackle, no separation on 9 route vs. Kaddu for INC. Out of the 8 TEs at East-West Shrine Game he was one of the best at #4 (Harkey, Bryan, Figgins). Project type with solid upside. 7th round 1/22/12.

Tape: 2011:Maryland,BostonCollege, East-West Shrine Game

Overall: Chase is similar to Jordan Cameron of a year ago in that he had negligible stats (16 career receptions) yet has the frame and speed to make him TE coaches salivate over his potential. I’m not a big fan of these types as they seem more athlete than football player and if they couldn’t produce in college why would you think they could produce when everyone defending them is now bigger, stronger, and faster. Yet as a late round flier type I do see value in him as he made an impression on me in the East-West Shrine Game with his 70 yd catch and run. 7th round and my #15 TE 2/29/12.

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