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2013 Tight End Rankings

April 22, 2013

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Tight End

Prototype in the NFL: Rob Gronkowski

Best In Class

Best Hands: Zach Ertz                       Best Route Runner: Zach Ertz

Best Blocker: Michael Williams      Best Open Field Runner: Chris Gragg

Best Burst: Chris Gragg                     Best Jump Ball Ability: Joseph Fauria

1. Zach Ertz Stanford #86 6’5 249 Sr.

Comparison: Jermaine Gresham

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

69

898

13

6

2011

27

346

12.8

4

2010

16

190

11.9

5

2009

0

0

0

0

Combine: Hated football in 7th grade. Brent Jones (49ers TE) has coached and mentored him. Short arms (31 ¼). 1.62 10 yd split. Great fingertips catch in out and up drill. Great in gauntlet-missed one that was way behind him, and looked like a more natural catcher than Eifert.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6050

249

31.75

9.75

4.76

24

30.5

903

4.47

7.08

Notes: In the 2011 Washington game he shucked aside a LB in space for YAC after short dump off (5:45 3rd). Rated as the #1 TE by Todd McShay going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Washington game he was very productive helping out his poor playing QB and late in the 4th Q getting 3 straight passes to try and come back. He has elite height and a frame to get much bigger. In the 2012 USC game he wasn’t quite able to get pass just ahead of him on cross-open though, caused PI on CB Nickell Robey in end zone, wide open vs. CB Anthony Brown but pushed off a bit on 24 yd out, flexed out vs. CB and put a nice route on him to get wide open for post which was a 36 yd TD, had to dodge S at end of play-reminds me of Witten with his good routes and deceiving speed (10:29 4th), 12 yd cross, dropped ball slightly behind him on 3rd and 9 that would have iced game-still won but was closer b/c of his drop. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he dropped pass that went through defenders hand, good sliding 14 yd grab, good speed on 23 yd out-just kind of glides around the field, no separation on seam route vs. S, couldn’t get sliding low ball-very tough, elite catch sliding with extended hands (13:18 4th). In the game he looked clearly inferior to Tyler Eifert and more of a 3rd round type than a late 1st/early 2nd like Eifert 10/29/12. In the 2012 Oregon game he had short out and lowered head for extra but even on such a normal play his mobility is so obvious, elite hands for 12 yd gain on slant-walled off defender, flexed out almost 100% of the time, great hands again snatching high ball on slant with defender all over him then shucked the high tackle for YAC, elite body control for a TE making sliding catch along the sidelines-his body control and mobility for a TE is uncanny, elite hands keeping fade in his possession for split second for TD-initially called INC then TD on replay. He was the best player on either team in this game getting open regularly with his speed and when not open still making catches by walling off defenders and making tough catches in traffic. He really opened my eyes and is definitely a 1st round caliber talent 12/15/12. In the 2012 UCLA game he had a nice extended hands catch on high pass over the middle yet otherwise was very quiet. 1st team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he showed extremely soft hands on extended hands catch then turned upfield for 10 yds, weak block vs. LB Mike Taylor-little strength or determination, had great jumping 43 yd catch on 9 route beating secondary over the top-did it against bracket cov too (7:10 1st). He impressed me again with his elite hands and agility. I continue to question whether he can block but he still gets a late 1st round grade as his receiving skills as a TE are some of the best I’ve ever graded 1/3/13.

Overall: While Eifert is the #1 TE on most boards Ertz gets the top spot from me. Both are very talented players with great frames, solid speed, and good hands yet in the end I gave Ertz the better grade due to his hands and agility. As a blocker Eifert is far superior to Ertz yet as a pure pass catcher Ertz is far superior to Eifert and in today’s NFL I’ll take the better receiver over the better blocker. Ertz has elite agility and elite hands for a TE with their being at least one amazing catch every game. Ertz is the guy who will be a QB’s best friend by making one handed grabs, tip toe catches along the sidelines, and sliding catches on underthrown balls. Eifert doesn’t have that agility and, while stronger and a better blocker, has a much lower ceiling as a pass catcher. Despite Eifert running a slightly better 40 I also would say that Ertz is a faster player and whether it’s his pure speed or just his route running (which is outstanding for a TE) Ertz seems to be much better at getting separation against DBs than Eifert. If Ertz was a better blocker he would be a Top 15 pick as I see attributes in him (hands, route running, body control) that are among the best I’ve ever graded in a TE. Eifert lacks those elite qualities but also doesn’t have a glaring weakness in his game while Ertz does (blocking). In the end I have high grades on both players but give a slight edge to Ertz who is more productive, faster (game speed wise), has much better hands, is more agile, and has a higher ceiling as a player than the more well rounded Eifert. Late 1st as my #1 TE 3/6/13.

2. Tyler Eifert Notre Dame #80 6’5 ½ 250 Sr.

Stats: Independent

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

 

 

 

 

 

2012

50

685

13.7

4

2011

63

803

12.8

5

2010

27

352

13.0

2

Combine: 1.66 10 yd split. Much faster and smoother than Cunningham in out and up drill. Good in gauntlet with 0 drops. Had a few double catches and didn’t look as good hands wise as Ertz.

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Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6054

250

33.13

9.13

4.68

22

35.5

902

4.32

6.92

Notes: In the 2011 South Florida game dropped a ball behind him but still very catchable for a first down forcing punt (3:00 2nd). In the 2011 Michigan game had a clutch 20 yd in with little space holding on with hands coming in to try and poke it free (8:40 4th). In the 2011 USC game he had a solid 5 yd out with little separation for 1st down, next play had good separation on 8 yd out (6:27 3rd), good 10 yd curl holding on despite getting hit immediately (4:17 3rd), very soft hands shown on 10 yd out on 4th and 3 also showing good power to bulldoze for YAC (3:10 3rd), great jumping catch in traffic showing his elite hands as a defender was all over him (14:30 4th). Most receptions by a TE in school history. In the 2011 Florida St. game he had a 10 yd in, great catch on 17 yd seam route holding on despite a big hit right as he caught it (3:05 1st), good catch on 3 yd out on 3rd and 2 getting hit right as he caught it, good 34 yd catch on seam route getting separation and showing good hands and agility catching ball at tough angle (13:07 4th), elite 22 yd extended hands jump catch holding on despite a big hit-has some of the most reliable hands of any prospect in this draft (8:00 4th). He had a great game making tough catch after tough catch seeming to get hit immediately after the reception each time. He has good size and good speed but his hands are his best attribute. 3rd round 12/29/11. Broke 34 year record for most receptions by a TE at ND. In 2012 Navy game had very nice fade catch when split out vs. CB yet barely missed getting a foot in bounds, one play later they did the same thing and it worked perfectly as he timed it perfectly, highpointed it, and showed strong hands as CB couldn’t rip it away despite good coverage (11:20 2nd). Lacks great speed but has solid quickness, great hands, and a great frame. 2nd round 9/1/12. Listed as the #75 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #68 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 USC game he had good catch on ball behind him-outstanding hands, double caught 12 yd curl vs. tight cov, adjusted to back shoulder throw then when CB fell down he got YAC dragging tackler final 7 yds. In the 2012 Michigan St. game he dropped ball behind him on scramble drill for punt-should have caught it. In the 2012 Stanford game he looked WRish on 10 yd out, good body control on 12 yd catch behind him, elite play highpointing ball between two defenders for 25 yd TD at front pylon (14:18 4th), 13 yds vs. CB split out wide, caused PI on fade next play. In the game he looked clearly superior to Zach Ertz and a late 1st/early 2nd type 10/29/12. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he had good speed on 8 yd out vs. LB Corey Nelson, beat CB Aaron Colvin for 12 yd turn around-walled him off, no separation vs. CB Demontre Hurst for PBU on 12 yd turnaround to that side. In the 2012 Alabama (BCS Championship) game he had circus catch vs. tight cov on CB Dee Milliner-wrongly called INC, out for 8 yds battling with FS Robert Lester for the final few-stripped after knee down, took out and broke tackle for YAC-down 35-0 but still battling, his lack of elite speed (probable 4.7) showed in this game. He didn’t impress me at all due to his poor separation skills and makes Ertz once again in play as the #1 TE. Early 2nd round 1/7/13.

Overall: Eifert and Ertz have battled all year for the #1 TE spot and Eifert narrowly misses out on it on my board. Eifert’s best attributes are his solid speed, good hands (very adept at winning jump balls and will be a threat in the red zone), and solid blocking skills. He’s a more well rounded TE than Ertz and can split out wide on one play while playing in line the next. Yet Eifert lacks the star quality of Ertz who is faster, more agile, and has much better hands. Eifert will drop a ball here or there, isn’t a smooth route runner, and looks like a future above average starter at TE while Ertz has Pro Bowl potential. Most teams probably have a higher grade on Eifert right now yet when Eifert was matched against NFL caliber DBs he rarely separated and I think he’ll never be a dominant pass catcher. Due to this lack of star quality he’s not a 1st rounder but I am still high on him as a future starting TE. Early 2nd round as my #2 TE 3/6/13.

3. Vance McDonald Rice #88 6’5 260 Sr.

Comparison: Anthony Fasano

Senior Bowl: Has an NFL look to him with good muscle definition and solid height (6’4). Day 1: No separation vs. Bacarri Rambo for PBU, blew right past Robert Lester on 9 route for easy TD-double caught it though (2x today), best TE on day 1. Day 2: Blatant blow up of Lester on route-just plowed through him?, no separation vs. Rambo-a little contact but still, he’s good hands away from being a 2nd rounder. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he backed up at TE, blocked Ty Powell well on inside run, much faster in routes than Williams, pushed Powell around in run game-just as good a blocker as Williams, missed block downfield on Duke Williams ruining RB screen, whiffed on block on 2nd level.

Stats:

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

36

458

12.7

2

2011

44

541

12.3

5

2010

28

396

14.1

8

2009

10

104

10.4

0

Combine: Led all TEs with 31 reps and was 2nd in long jump with 9’11. 1.72 10 yd split. Double caught in out and up drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6041

267

34.88

10.13

4.69

31

33.5

908

4.53

7.08

Notes: Their QB has struggled all year throwing the ball so his numbers have to be evaluated as such. In the 2012 Air Force game he didn’t look fast in his catch and run +15 yds (4.9), is a good blocker and stayed in most of the time as they ran a lot in this game. Looks like a backup/blocking TE. Late round or possibly even Free Agent 12/29/12. In the 2012 Texas game he had no separation on out vs. S Kenny Vacarro for PBU, good block in space vs. DB on option to his side, good block against this time vs. Vacarro on option again to his side, he was flexed out the entire game yet due to his very good blocking they almost treated him like an OT out there and used him as the key to their option attack, decent agility on TE screen for a few yards-no space, good strength taking 0 route and battling through tacklers for 9 yds-5 yds of YAC, nice catch on very low ball on WR reverse pass, dropped slightly high ball on hitch-very catchable. He impressed me a lot with his blocking and agility after the catch.

Overall: While Vance McDonald won’t wow you with his athleticism like Ertz and Eifert will he should hear his name called pretty early in this draft because of his talent as a blocker. He’s the rare dual TE and not only has the frame (6’4 1/8 267 lbs with nearly ’35 arms) and strength (31 reps) but the mindset to be a good blocker. Having watched him in 2 games and at the Senior Bowl I can say for sure that he relishes attacking LBs and DBs in space on run plays. It’s a rare skill for a TE coming out of college to have due to the proliferation of spread offenses yet it’s by no means his only skill set. At nearly 270 lbs he’s a big target which makes his 4.69 40 sneaky good and his speed was night and day better than his Senior Bowl teammate Michael Williams who also is a good blocker. While Williams is a very solid blocker, Vance is both a good blocker and a good athlete making it likely that Vance will be a starting TE in his career and Williams will be a #2 or even #3 TE on a roster. The one issue I have with Vance is that he has mediocre hands and the double catch is unfortunately a big part of his arsenal. He isn’t going to come down with Gronk like catches in the end zone as he has enough trouble with the 15 yd curl right at his chest. Still though a young TE who has enough speed to threaten the seam, enough strength to block on running plays, and is agile enough in space that his team regularly called TE screen plays is a valuable commodity in the NFL. 3rd round as my #3 TE 3/3/13.

4. Gavin Escobar San Diego St. #88 6’5 7/8 254 Jr.

Stats:

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

2012

42

543

12.9

6

2011

51

780

15.3

7

2010

29

323

11.1

4

Combine: Not fast looking on 40. 1.73 10 yd split. Almost got diving catch in out and up drill. Caught everything in gauntlet and wasn’t as good as Ertz in it but better than Eifert.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6057

254

33.63

9.75

4.84

 

32

904

4.31

7.07

Notes: GBN, “a solid underneath receiver with the frame to grow into a decent in-line blocker.” Redshirted in ’09 and had a very solid freshman year in ’10 (29 323 4 TD). Freshman All American in 2010. The coaches love him and think he is a future star 12/24/10. Enters the 2011 season ranked #49 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Louisiana-Lafayette game he had a nice 12 yd curl on sideline toe tapping and showing great hands, dropped tough ball on 8 yd out over his head but somewhat catchable, dropped ball on 8 yd out as he was hit hard, good catch on 3rd and 7 with defender near him, great 20 yd catch on fade down sidelines vs. tight coverage jump catching ball (4:44 3rd), no separation vs. LB on 15 yd pass over middle but LB called for PI, no separation vs. CB but caught 12 yd cross extended hands one handed with final 4 being YAC. Listed as the #44 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #55 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 BYU game he had perfect technique getting edge block to go inside, +20 yds on seam route showing soft hands and then broke a tackle and cut away from a defender for YAC.

Overall: Escobar is a talented player that is dropping on draft boards due to a poor Combine yet possibly was a little overrated to begin with. As a blocker he’s adequate which puts him ahead of Ertz and Fauria who are flat out bad but well below the McDonalds, Williams, and Sims of this draft. He is 254 lbs with the frame, at 6’6, to add weight yet I doubt he’ll ever be more than an average blocker which is why his 4.84 40 was so detrimental to his stock as pass catching TEs need to have speed. I was surprised by the time yet when I went back to the film it was noticeable that he didn’t separate against too many people and I think that is where he probably was a little overrated. He looks like an average starter at the next level which is why he drops below Vance McDonald in the end as Vance is a far superior blocker than Escobar and I think at the end of the day that a team would prefer a dual threat like Vance over Escobar who looks like a pass catching TE without great speed. 3rd round who just barely is behind Vance as my #4 TE 3/6/13.

5. Joseph Fauria UCLA #8 6’7 255 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

45

620

13.8

12

2011

39

481

12.3

6

2010

3

21

7

2

2009

0

0

0

0

Combine: He only lifted due to an injury he sustained at the East-West Shrine game.

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Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6070

259

33.75

10.88

 

17

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 USC game he played flexed out like a slot receiver, had great high catch over defender-knows how to use his frame, beat S Jawanza Sterling for 20 yd out TD-very impressive separation skills, beat another S this time on 15 yd out-highpointed ball too and is great at this, elite catch on very poorly thrown ball forcing a slide and adjustment as it was low AND behind him. He opened my eyes and looks like an elite prospect as a split out TE ala Coby Fleener. In the 2012 Stanford game he had 2 chances at a jump ball type catch but both times were INC and was doubled, 15 yd hitch on 4th and 6. He had a quiet game as they ran a lot and Stanford doubled him regularly. In the 2012 Baylor game he had 22 yd TD with jumping catch in seam-good speed to get easy separation, almost got high point on 15 yd out yet ball stripped from him. He impressed me all season and looks like a legit weapon who just needs to gain weight and improve as a blocker. Late 3rd round 1/2/13. He led all TEs in TDs in 2012 with 12. I watched the 2012 Nebraska game and at nearly 260 lbs he looked downright skinny, easily could add 15 lbs, he was embarrassing as a blocker both in effort and in technique, he was physical though in a route where a LB blatantly held him yet he broke free for TD including a very agile tight rope down sideline, did show solid strength in blocking but had no form and in 1st Q called for a blatant hold on edge, elite hands on 2nd TD as ball deflected by S Damian Stafford yet he stayed with it and adjusted for it as it came back down on bounce, unable to bring jump ball down with DB getting PBU, unable to come down with highly contested diving hands catch.

Overall: Fauria is a flex out TE with elite height (6’7) and hand size (10.88) who made more spectacular jump ball receptions in 2012 than anyone else. He led the country in TDs by a TE and it wasn’t even close as the next highest from this draft class was Travis Kelce with 8. Fauria will immediately be a great red zone target for an NFL team and unlike Levine Toilolo he can do other things as he’s fast and very agile for his height. As a blocker he has a lot to improve on as he has solid enough strength yet terrible technique as he regularly took poor angles to 2nd level defenders and didn’t have any understanding of how to use his hands often just settling for a strong push and then mirroring them afterwards. A TEs coach in the NFL will have their work cut out for them in this area with Fauria yet his role will always be more as a receiver than a blocker anyway. He was flexed out most of his senior season and I suspect that will continue in the NFL. He shouldn’t be counted on to start as a rookie yet he can be an immediate impact as a receiving threat and as he gains weight and experience he could eventually develop into a very good starter. He has one great skill, the jump ball, which a team can use from Day 1 and if given time I expect the rest of his game to round into form. Late 3rd round as my #5 TE 3/3/13.

6. Justice Cunningham South Carolina #87 6’2 5/8 258 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

23

324

14.1

0

2011

18

142

7.9

1

2010

7

92

13.1

0

2009

2

23

11.5

0

Combine: 1.68 10 yd split. Impressive adjustment on deep ball in out and up drill-choppy and awkward though.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6025

258

33.88

10

4.94

 

31.5

1005

4.45

7.12

 

Notes: I noticed him on highlights as he has great quickness and body control for a guy his size. In the 2012 Missouri game he had a nice 15 yd catch and run on a flip pass by QB as he was getting sacked-showed elite toughness diving for extra yards. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had a good jumping catch for 20 yds-very impressive athleticism, 21 yd diving catch on seam route-great hands, blatant hold on CB on edge run behind him, elite +40 yd catch and run getting wide open on slant and then stiff armed CB to the ground and got another 7 yds-elite size and strength. In the 2012 LSU game he had 4 yd dump off on 3rd down-great size across the middle, elite play jumping and highpointing ball between S/CB in cover 2 and coming down with it then speeding to end zone to make 31 yd catch and run diving for pylon-elite dexterity and athleticism for a guy his size (5:34 3rd).

Overall: Justice is a player with below average height (6’2 5/8), poor speed (4.94 40), and only one year of good production yet who I love because of the flashes of elite athleticism that I saw in numerous games this year. Most likely he will be a late round pick as his measurables were very disappointing at the Combine yet the tape doesn’t lie and in SEC games he often looked like one of the most talented players out there. I continue to love him as a mid round selection who has the girth and strength to be an in line blocker and the athleticism to make plays after the catch. I suspect some team will get a late round steal with him due to his very poor Combine performance. 4th round as my #6 TE 3/6/13.

7. Dion Sims Michigan St. #80 6’4 7/8 262 Jr.

Comparison: A slower Martellus Bennett

Stats: Big 10

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

2012

36

475

13.2

2

2011

12

99

8.3

3

2009

11

133

12.1

3

Combine: 1.60 10 yd split. Easy catch in out and up drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6047

262

33.13

10.5

4.75

22

35

 

4.52

7.36

Notes: A huge guy with a filled out frame who could gain weight and be an OT if he doesn’t work at TE. In the 2012 Boise St. game he twice stretched ball across for 1st down after getting hit on dump off-hard to bring down, 6 yd hitch he turned upfield for 10 yd YAC showing very good quickness for a guy his size, caught a number of short passes but showed good hands and underrated speed and body control. Reminds me of a slightly bigger and slower Martellus Bennett. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he had 4 yds on TE screen-not much there but again showed good athleticism for size, 23 yds on catch and run dump off-solid speed, good hands hanging on to short out despite hit and attempted strip by CB, very impressed with his hands all night-elite soft hands. In the 2012 TCU game he looked slow out of stance on routes (4.8-4.9), blocked well at POA, he did nothing special but a guy his size with his hands is at worst a quality #2 TE for an NFL team. Late 4th round 1/14/13.

Overall: Sims is an easy player to grade in that he isn’t fast, won’t threaten the seam of a defense, and is not a threat after the catch with the ball in his hands. Yet at 6’5 262 he’s big enough to be a legit blocker on the line of scrimmage and has very soft hands for a man his size. He’ll be a below average starting TE or one of the best #2 TEs in football and will be an asset for a team like the Broncos or 49ers that like to employ two TE sets and run the football out of it. He has a lot of value to give a team that employs him correctly yet don’t expect a game breaker as his best routes will be the short outs and dump offs. 4th round as my #7 TE 3/6/13.

8. Chris Gragg Arkansas #80 6’2 ¾ 244 Sr.

Comparison: Dustin Keller

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

22

289

13.1

3

2011

41

518

12.6

2

2010

8

171

21.4

2

2009

RS

 

 

 

2008

1

25

25.0

0

Combine: 1st in long jump by a lot (11’1), 1st in high jump (37 ½), and 1st in 40 (4.50). Long strider, a bit tight in out and up drill. Has very thin lower body-WR like body. Missed 7 games in 2012 due to leg injury. Just flies in out and up drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6026

244

33.63

9

4.5

18

37.5

905

4.51

7.08

Notes: In the 2011 Texas A&M game had little space vs. S Trent Hunter but caught ball on diving Hunter allowing lots of YAC for 22 yds (8:30 3rd), false start (12:40 4th). Ryan Mallett told Gragg that he’s faster than current teammate Aaron Hernandez but a little smaller-great comparison. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he looked like a WR (even had #80) as he has a very thin lower body, got separation on routes but didn’t look 4.5 on film, he had a few very solid in line blocks, nearly got diving catch on overthrow by QB-great body control, beat S deep on seam route for 43 yd TD-wide open and looked 4.5 on that straight line play, short out he caught and came up hobbling. It was his first game back from injury and he re-injured himself again so it’s no surprise he didn’t look 4.5 fast but I was impressed with him nonetheless as he has a great frame and better strength as a blocker than I expected.

Overall: Gragg is an undersized TE with elite speed who figures to have a role in an NFL offense comparable to Dustin Keller of the Jets. At 6’2 ¾ 244 lbs he’ll never be a great blocker yet I saw more strength and effort on tape than I expected and think he could possibly be used in line occasionally. His best attribute though is obviously his 4.50 speed and his overall athleticism (’37 ½ vertical is elite) as he’ll be a #2 TE for an NFL team and used to create holes in coverage by running seam routes. It’s an underrated value as it really opens up a defense as it creates separation on the different levels of a D (DL, LB, S) and often gives slot receivers and possession receivers more room to work (reason why Wes Welker needs to thank Gronk and Hernandez). As such he could very well get drafted sooner than I have him but since he’s coming off an injury riddle season (missed 7 games in 2012) and in my eyes doesn’t project as a starter but as a #2 TE he gets a 4th round grade as my #8 TE 3/27/13.

9. Mychal Rivera Tennessee #81 6’3 ¼ 242 Sr.

Comparison: James Casey

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Surprisingly no separation vs. Shawn Williams on out, strong hands on bump and turn around route vs. Shawn, tight cov vs. Shawn but had a step deep at the end-overthrown. 11×11-nice hands on out with naked bootleg catching it and lowering shoulder vs. CB, is a poor man’s Dwayne Allen, #2 TE on day 1. Day 2: No separation vs. Shawn on discombobulated route, looks smaller than I thought he would and more H-Back than TE. Day 3: Had a few great catches in goal line drill showing the body control and hands I loved on film. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he backed up at TE, solid block on Ty Powell, quick out went nowhere-tackled immediately, not strong at all on block-walled him off well but has no power block potential.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

36

562

15.6

5

2011

29

344

11.9

1

2010

11

112

10.2

0

2009

0

0

0

0

Combine: 1.69 10 yd split. Great diving catch in out and up drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6032

242

32.63

10.25

4.81

17

31

 

4.43

7.17

Notes: In the 2011 Florida game he had great communication with QB Tyler Bray for a back shoulder throw (2:00 2nd), solid 13 yd catch and run showing good speed and quickness to get upfield (11:40 3rd), nice burst to get open and catch on 18 yd TD seam route (4:55 4th). In the 2011 Georgia game he showed great athleticism on quick slant route catching it in stride and showing speed to turn it into a 20 yd gain (5:30 1st), ball slightly above his head went through his hands forcing punt (2:40 1st), nice speed again taking a shallow cross and turning it upfield for 15 yds showing good speed and agility for a big TE (11:05 2nd), ran seam route and fell trying to gather himself for the jump ball forcing FG (6:51 2nd), poor block vs. LB Jarvis Jones getting pushed back allowing TFL (6:53 3rd). In the 2012 North Carolina St. game he was invisible until a 10 yd cross that he got YAC on blowing through a tackle-loved his physicality on play. In the 2012 Florida game he had a beautiful diving catch for 13 yd gain on 3rd and 11-S Matt Elam had tight cov, lost weight in offseason and coaches say the light finally came on for him in 2012, good catch with Elam tight on him on seam route-jumped for it in back shoulder fashion, beat on edge rush by LB McCray for hit on QB which was INT. In the 2012 Alabama game he took pass over the middle and ran it for 42 yd gain-much faster than FS Robert Lester but caught from behind by LB Xzavier Dickson so not great speed, no separation vs. CB Dee Milliner on sideline route. In the 2012 Georgia game he had a 62 yd catch and run on seam route showing the speed, size, and athleticism that has intrigued me so long. He looks NFL caliber but his stats are very underwhelming AND I really like his QB so I question how good he actually is. In the 2012 South Carolina game he caught dump off and barely had knee down when ball came out-no TO, wide open 10 yd TD on trick play of RB pass on wildcat, great play showing his potential as he blew past LB Devonte Holloman up the sideline and then had a nice sliding catch on ball underthrown.

Overall: Mychal disappointed me this offseason by not only measuring in short (6’3 ¼) but also light (242) for a TE. He’s officially an H-Back now which will surely hurt his draft stock yet teams like San Francisco, Houston, and others have been employed the H-Back more lately so he could still catch on and be a productive player in the NFL. I hope he makes it to a team that employs him correctly as he isn’t that fast (4.81) and isn’t that big but he has arguably the best hands in the draft (Ertz and Escobar are his only competition) and it seems like every game I’ve seen of him he comes up with some diving catch. He, along with Zach Rogers, became Tyler Bray’s security blanket as he clearly felt more comfortable throwing to him on key downs than to his more talented wideouts in Hunter and Patterson. It’s obvious that he won’t ever be a starter but as a #2 TE who runs good routes, has great hands, and is better after the catch than his 40 time gives him credit for I could see him having a long future in the NFL. Late 4th round as my #9 TE 3/3/13.

10. Jordan Reed Florida #11 6’2 ½ 236 Jr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

 

 

 

 

 

2012

45

559

12.4

3

2011

28

307

11

2

2010

6

79

13.2

1

Combine: 1.66 10 yd split.

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Arms

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40

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Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6024

236

33

10

4.72

16

 

 

 

 

Notes: 2nd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he had terrible non block of blitzing LB for TFL-in position too. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he had a very nifty catch and run along the sidelines weaving around defenders and showing very good YAC ability. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had a nice 23 yd TD on out vs. CB Prentiss Wagner their best cover corner. In the 2012 South Carolina game he had middle screen and took it 38 yds-good speed, took hop from onside kick and took it +30 yds-almost TD. In the 2012 Florida St. game he stopped on crossing route for near INT by S, hitch then nice YAC avoiding LB on quick cut, +15 yd catch and run on 3rd down, 20 yd middle screen-broke two tackles,   He has elite athleticism but doesn’t look to be consistent enough to be a full time starter. H-back and versatile backup type who could be a creative OC’s favorite weapon. 5th round 12/20/12.

Overall: While everyone likes to compare Jordan Reed to Aaron Hernandez I just don’t see the validity of the comparisons. Hernandez was 245 lbs, benched 30 reps, and ran a 4.64 while Reed is 236 lbs, benched 16 reps, and ran a 4.72 40. At 236 lbs he’s only about 10 pounds heavier than a number of wideouts which makes his 4.72 40 hardly impressive at all. Also when you look at his frame he has some room to add weight but not that much and will never play in the 250s which makes him a career H-Back. He has solid speed, good hands, and is a threat after the catch yet I see no ability in him to ever start for an NFL team and looks like a career #2 TE who comes in to exploit mismatches in certain packages. I like him as a mid round pick yet I’ve heard too many discuss him as an option for a team as high as the late 2nd and that would be overvaluing him. Late 4th round as my #10 TE 3/6/13.

11. Brandon Ford Clemson #80 6’3 238 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

40

480

12

8

2011

14

166

11.9

2

2010

10

78

7.8

2

2009

1

4

4

0

Combine: Not invited

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Notes: Is a tall, athletic looking TE who is undersized but appears to have the frame to add weight. In the 2011 North Carolina game he had a great 13 yd TD on back shoulder throw vs. S showing great hands and agility twisting and turning for the ball (9:50 3rd). In the 2012 Boston College he had two plays early both of which looked awkward as he has poor body control, pushed deep into backfield by DE Brian Mihalik who batted ball down at LOS. In the 2012 Wake Forest game he took short out and dove to pylon for 6 yd TD. In the 2012 LSU game he had strong hands on 8 yd hitch vs. tight cov, 7 yd out vs. S Eric Reid, juked defender in space turning 2 yd dump off into +10 yds on 3rd and 4, great adjustment on a tough throw vs. tight cov. He athletically belonged vs. a strong and fast LSU team and didn’t show the nerves some of his teammates showed. He looks like a quality #2 TE. Early 5th round 1/21/13. 1st team ACC in 2012.

Overall: Ford is another H-Back type who flashed regularly on film yet lacks the size to be a dual threat TE and the speed to be so dominant a pass catcher that a coach can overlook his glaring weakness. As such he’ll be a backup and situational player yet I think he could thrive in the role. His LSU tape was very impressive as he went against NFL caliber DBs and consistently got open or made tough catches in traffic. He was productive in 2012, his 8 TDs were tied for 2nd in the nation among TEs, and he has a frame that looks like it could add more weight to it than Rivera’s or Reed’s does. As a quality #2 TE he should be a good mid round selection for an NFL team. Early 5th round as my #11 TE 3/6/13.

12. Travis Kelce Cincinnati 6’4 7/8 255 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

45

722

16

8

2011

13

150

11.5

2

2010

0

0

0

0

2009

1

3

3

0

Combine:

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1 yr %

6047

255

33.75

9.63

 

 

 

907

 

 

 

Notes: Led team in 2012 in receptions, yards, and TDs (Ertz and Escobar were the only other two TEs to do that) In the 2012 Duke game he took hard hit by LB and LB stayed down-has an NFL frame, took 8 yd out and broke LB tackle then showed good mobility in open space on 35 yd catch and run-4.8 speed but for his size it’s enough, appears to have good hands, split out wide and ran right past CB who thought he had safety help for miscom on 83 yd TD (safety struggled to gain on him so maybe he has 4.7 speed). A solid late round TE as a dual threat player. Early 6th round 1/1/13.

Overall: Kelce isn’t a burner but at 6’5 255 lbs he’s surprisingly agile and is more than a solid blocker. He’s a career #2 TE as he doesn’t have the athleticism to be a full time starter but I think Kelce is one of the more underrated TEs in this draft class due to his injury which kept him from working out. Out of sight out of mind for many GMs but Kelce was one of the most productive TEs in the entire nation last year and has the size, hands, and agility of an NFL player. A late round steal in my book. Early 5th round as my #12 TE 4/2/13.

13. Ryan Griffin Connecticut #94 6’6 1/8 261 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

29

484

16.7

6

2011

33

499

15.1

3

2010

31

245

7.9

1

2009

23

272

11.8

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day

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Arms

Hands

40

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Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6061

261

 

 

4.87

21

34.5

905

4.43

7.01

Notes: Noticed him in the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. OU as he is a very tall man who towered over OU’s secondary. Had a great start to the game with 2 big catches for first downs on their first scoring drive showing good speed and hands. His frame though is what really stood out and at 6’6 he easily could add 15 lbs and become a legit prospect in the future 1/14/11. A tall, somewhat skinny player with the frame to add weight. In the 2012 Syracuse game he had nice hands on short dump off in middle as QB threw fastball, beat inside on run play by DE on down block, gets split out wide regularly, 32 yd TD on trick play pretending to block backside and then squirting out to be wide open as QB was rolling the other way, open but couldn’t quite get DIG for +30 yds (over his head). 5th year Sr. In the 2012 Pittsburgh game he had a good 23 yd catch and run on a short out ending it with a leap over a defender-very agile for a guy his size, has the frame to add weight, strong hands on 3 yd TD catch-defender’s hands on ball as well yet he snatched it, flexed out as WR a lot of the time, very nice tiptoe on sidelines for 15 yd out, 20 yd seam route-great soft hands. In the 2012 Cincinnati game he caught a slant and took it 74 yds for the score showing solid speed. 2nd team Big East in 2011 and 2012.

Overall: Ryan is one of the least heralded TEs in this draft and it surprises me. He has the frame at 6’5 250, solid enough speed (4.8ish), good hands, agility to make plays after the catch, and was one of the more productive TEs in the country the past 2 years. Yet I can’t find anyone who has anything higher than a late round or free agent grade on him. I disagree and think he will surprise people with how solid he is as a #2 TE from Day 1. Huge sleeper as an early 5th rounder and my #13 TE 3/6/13.

14. Michael Williams Alabama #89 6’6 269 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Looked verys low on shallow cross vs. Robert Lester-open though, #3 TE on day 1. Day 2: Simple hitch was PBU vs. Bacarri Rambo-no one fears him deep, a lot of contact by JJ Wilcox but no separation throughout-he’d better be a great blocker as he’ll never get open 1×1, just non-existent in the passing game. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at TE, good block on back side of reverse vs. Ty Powell, no separation vs. Powell on short out, dropped low ball on hitch-catchable, poor speed but nice juke to get open for +15 yd seam route vs. Powell, little separation but perfect throw for 20 yd TD vs. TJ McDonald, much slower in routes than McDonald, solid block vs. Margus Hunt, solid block vs. Michael Buchanan-has the ability to consistently block DEs.

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

24

183

7.6

4

2011

16

191

11.9

2

2010

8

100

12.5

1

2009

3

29

9.7

0

Combine: Surprisingly not invited.

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Notes: A massive guy who definitely has an NFL look to him and a Marty B type frame as he is 270 lbs and could easily add another 15 lbs. In the 2011 Penn St. game had a nice catch on a bullet for a TD as he sat in a zone (0:26 1st), solid body control catching it on the sidelines and pausing to show ref he had it in control before stepping out (14:50 3rd), great catch on jump ball thrown perfectly by QB McCarron (6:17 3rd). He has incredibly soft hands for a man his size and looks like a future 1st or 2nd rounder depending on how fast he runs 9/16/11. Listed as the #63 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Michigan game he had false start, easy 2 yd TD on play action pass-wide open, dove for +20 yd pass but couldn’t come up with it-overthrown. In the 2012 Missouri game he had nice peel back block on QB run with big hit on DT. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had wide open 10 yd TD on broken cov. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he looked very slow on TE screen as it was wide open for a would be TD but help came over due to his lack of speed, couldn’t separate vs. S Howard Matthews on seam route for PBU-he has an elite frame but looks more like a #2 TE as he lacks the speed to separate or make plays after the catch 11/14/12. In the 2012 LSU game he was beat easily by DE Barkevious Mingo for pressure. In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he showed smarts curling back to take DE who beat LT inside to give easy pocket for TD pass. In the 2012 Georgia game he technically gave up 6 sec cov sack to LB Jarvis Jones but really held his own and did a nice job 1 on 1.

Overall: Williams is a 3rd OT in the run game and that is where his true value is. He had dependable hands and has enough speed to not embarrass himself (got open a few times deep in the Senior Bowl game) but predominantly he’ll be a #2 TE who comes in to block and run short outs and hitches. That has value as every team can use a good blocking TE nowadays with the prevalence of guys like Dustin Keller or this year’s version: Chris Gragg. They are nothing more than muscled up wideouts and have made guys like Williams even more valuable. Michael won’t be a high round pick and won’t be a player that is very noticeable to fans but he should stick on a team as a #2 or #3 blocking TE and could have a long career. Late 5th round as a career #2 TE and as my #14 TE this year 3/3/13.

15. Nick Kasa Colorado #44 6’5 7/8 269 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: No separation vs. Steve Beaharnais in 1×1 drill, slight separation vs. Duke Williams but ball punched out. Day 2: Had edge vs. Duke Williams on pass block drill but allowed him under move. Day 4: Beat cleanly by Travis Johnson on quick inside move after step upfield, beat inside again this time by Philip Thomas. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at TE, smooth in routes, barely kept Ezekial Ansah blocked-inferior strength, got open vs. Shawn Williams but poor throw, not great speed and didn’t separate often in game-#2 or #3 blocking TE. Far superior to Jack Doyle or Ryan Otten in this game.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

25

391

15.6

3

2011

1

8

0

0

2010

0

0

0

0

2009

0

0

0

0

Combine: Solid catch in out and up drill-didn’t look fast.

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Arms

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40

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Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6057

269

32.88

9.13

4.71

22

31.5

906

 

 

Notes: Played DE his first 3 seasons in college. A tall, long TE who has NFL caliber size. Runs 4.6 40 at 6’6 260! Coaching staff thinks he will be in the NFL. In the 2012 Arizona St. game he had dump off on 4th and 4 breaking two tackles and running down sideline for +15 YAC (could tell he was inexperienced due to how he held on to football with both hands-very raw), easy 20 yd seam route TD, solid catch in traffic and nice strength getting YAC despite two defenders on him.

Overall: A little used DE his first 3 seasons at Colorado the coaching staff moved him to TE and it seemed to fit him well. He is a great combination of size and speed at 270 lbs and with high 4.6/low 4.7 speed yet is essentially a project with only 1 year of experience. I did like his tape though in 2012 and think he is a great late round flier type for a team with a #3 TE spot on their roster and some patience to develop him. 6th round as my #15 TE 4/2/13.

16. Levine Toilolo Stanford #11 6’8 1/8 260 Jr.

Stats: Pac 12

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

24

393

16.4

4

2011

25

343

13.7

6

2010

1

27

27

0

2009

0

0

0

0

Combine: Measured 6’8 1/8 and had 34 ½ arms! 1.70 10 yd split. Good fingertips catch in out and up drill.

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Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6081

260

34.5

10.25

4.86

17

31

 

4.57

7.09

 

Notes: In the 2012 USC game he had 4 yd out on 3rd and long for punt, elite back shoulder catch with LB right next to him for 25 yds (7:22 2nd), couldn’t win jump ball on seam route for tipped pass that was INT by a S behind him. In the 2012 Oregon game he dropped an easy pass over the middle-has dropped a number of passes this season per announcer. In the 2012 UCLA game he had a few dump off passes but that was it. This is the 2nd very quiet game of his and he looks to me like a very overrated prospect who is a late round/FA type and a career backup 12/15/12. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he couldn’t come up with catch vs. very tight cov by LB Manti Te’o on hitch, dropped tough low ball across middle-would be tough catch, extended hands catch on 13 yd out.

Overall: If Toilolo was 6’5 or shorter he would go undrafted. This statement sums up what he is as Toilolo isn’t 6’5 but is 6’8 and has 34 ½ arms which makes him more of a basketball player than a football player. Frankly he should have been moved from TE to OT as his frame and athleticism is perfect for an NFL LT yet for a TE isn’t rally a positive thing except in the red zone. From Day 1 he will be used as a red zone threat on jump balls and I could see it being somewhat successful due to his height and arm length yet the film shows him to have mediocre hands so I doubt he becomes the next Gronk or anything like that. Overall I’m not a fan of his as drops balls, isn’t quick in and out of his routes, and lacks the speed to threaten a team down the seam. As such he’ll be a #2 or #3 TE on an NFL team and drafted almost exclusively due to his height and the red zone opportunities it could create. 6th round as my #16 TE 3/6/13.

17. Jake Stoneburner Ohio St. 6’3 3/8 252 Sr.

Comparison: Jordan Cameron

Stats:

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

16

269

16.8

4

2011

14

193

13.8

7

2010

21

222

10.6

2

2009

2

30

15.0

0

Combine: 1.60 10 yd split. Fast in out and up drill. Fastest shuttle time and 3rd fastest 40 among TEs.

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Arms

Hands

40

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Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6033

252

32.25

9.38

4.65

18

34.5

 

4.27

7.12

Notes: Is a tall, thin player who looks like a thick WR and not a TE. I was shocked when I saw his measurables b/c he hides his 245 very well and looks like he could add weight down the road. In the ’10 Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas had a nice 16 yd misdirection play making him wide open for an easy dump off that showed his very good speed, later was stacked and shed easily by Jerry Franklin exposing his average strength (0:49 3rd). In the 2011 Nebraska game had no separation vs. CB Andrew Green on 3rd and 7 forcing FG, great speed for a TE catching TE screen behind line at 38 yd line turning and running in a straight line for a TD with no one catching him (1:55 1st). In the 2011 Michigan game he had a 35 yd gain finding the soft spot in zone and turning it upfield for most of the yards. Listed as the #100 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Wisconsin game he was wide open for a likely +30 yd gain but lost it in the sun, dropped very contested pass over the middle. He was very quiet in this game.

Overall: Jake has always been a highly talented player who appeared ready to break out any season yet for one reason or another just never did. His last 3 seasons all have been similar statistically with between 14-21 catches, 193-269 yards, and 2-7 TDs which means he was always a quiet player that opposing teams didn’t have to game plan for. Braxton Miller has been his QB the past few seasons so some of his lack of production can be explained away that way yet that still doesn’t explain why a player with his size/speed ratio wasn’t more noticeable. At 252 lbs he ran a 4.65 40 (3rd best 40 among TEs and the two players ahead of him both weighed in the 240s) and looked very quick with a 4.27 shuttle (best among TEs). He’s similar to James Hanna from OU last year and Jordan Cameron from USC two years ago as they have elite measurables yet were almost non-existent for their collegiate teams. As such he’s worth a late round pick as a project with a team hoping that either the system was to blame or the light hadn’t turned on for him yet. He has a very high ceiling so if a team can solve the riddle that is Jake Stoneburner they could reap huge rewards. Late 6th round as my #17 TE 3/6/13.

18. DC Jefferson Rutgers #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:

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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. I had him in my 2012 Draft Book as he was a senior but he applied for a 5th year and was granted it by the NCAA. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he had a short pass but otherwise was non-existent (not really his fault as 2 times he was targeted and the ball wasn’t even close as their QB was terrible).

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 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 #18 TE 2/29/12.

19. Matt Furstenburg Maryland #89 6’3 5/8 242 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

16

206

12.9

2

2011

31

348

11.2

2

2010

12

206

17.2

1

2009

1

9

9.0

0

Combine: Smooth and fast in out and up drill. Absolutely tiny hands at 8.63!

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6035

242

31.75

8.63

4.62

18

35.5

904

4.35

7.09

Notes: In the 2011 Miami game had a 23 yd catch and run on seam pass that he showed speed on, almost broke the safeties tackle which would have given him another +10 yds (8:45 2nd), great hands on sliding catch between with QB throwing between LB and safety for 18 yards (7:05 2nd). The kid caught my eye today and I will have to study him more to get a better feel for him but his hands, speed, and moves in space are NFL caliber from what I saw today 9/8/11.

Overall: An undersized TE who is more in the H-Back mold and has the speed and overall athleticism that NFL teams want from that role. I’m a stat guy and his sophomore and senior seasons were very unimpressive (about 1 catch per game average) so he’s a late round guy but any +240 lb kid who can run a low 4.6, showed good hands on film, and was a 3 year starter will have at least a draftable grade. 7th round as my #19 TE 4/2/13.

20. Collin Klein Kansas St. #7 6’4 7/8 226 Sr.

Comparison: Tim Tebow/Matt Jones

Stats: Not applicable due to being a QB his entire career

Combine: Underthrew WR 3x on 9 route drill. Very poor on sideline drill. Average on post corner route drill.

HGT

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Arms

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40

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Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6047

226

 

9.25

4.78

 

29

903

4.4

7.17

Notes: 1st team All Big 12 in 2011 ahead of Landry Jones and Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffen III. In the 2011 Baylor game he threw a short pass showing off his hitch in his throw that looks very un-NFL like (11:50 1st), 10 yd scrambling showing some mobility but not too much speed (7:45 1st), made LB miss in the hole on QB keeper read option for 5 yds (7:10 1st), overthrew wide open RB but Hubert made a very nice one handed catch for the 15 yd TD (5:40 1st), poor throw on 0 route forcing WR to jump for it ruining play (4:40 1st), overthrew open WR in the end zone by 5 yds (0:35 1st), good 15 yd out on target but pbu partially b/c of his average arm strength (12:10 2nd), very nice quick throw to open TE for 18 yds yet his long release hitch is painful to watch (5:58 2nd), gave up the rare 9 sec sack as he should have thrown it away long before but showed good mobility in the pocket dodging rushers (4:24 2nd), poor throw behind WR but caught for 9 yds (3:16 2nd). I ended my film study of him as I had seen enough. Undrafteable 10/1/11. In the 2012 Texas Tech game he again didn’t look like an NFL QB with a terribly long release to go with average arm strength (rarely had much zip on the ball, underthrew post badly) yet continued to intrigue me as a wildcat QB and H-back/TE as he’s so athletic. Currently is the leader for the Heisman with half the season to go. 1st team Big 12 in 2012. Plays piano, violin, and mandolin. In the 2012 Kansas St. game (Fiesta Bowl) he continued to show me that he can’t be a full time QB in the NFL but that I want him on my team. 1/3/13.

Overall: Collin is a player that didn’t help himself in this draft process. 2 ½ years ago (10/1/11) I considered him undraftable as a QB prospect due to poor accuracy, an atrocious release that makes Tim Tebow’s look pretty, and a lack of understanding of how to read a defense. He was a great QB but he was bound to be worthless in the NFL and I wanted to see him work out as a TE at the Senior Bowl and at the Combine. Unfortunately he was given bad advice and declined which puts his draft stock in limbo as he’s not worth a pick as a QB, and I highly doubt he’s drafted by any team at that position, yet has been so firm in his belief that he is a QB that now he likely won’t even be drafted by teams interested in moving him to a new position. At 6’5 230 he has the frame of a TE and if he had just accepted this he could have bulked up to 240 by the Combine and showed off a pair of hands that were impressive enough to get him drafted. Right now he’s looking like a player that won’t get drafted and maybe that’s what he needs as the sooner he gets it out of his head that he’s not a QB the better he will be. 7th round as my #20 TE who is a wildcard as no one has even seen him play the position he will have to play in the NFL to be successful 3/27/13.

21. Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn 6’3 ¼ 258 Sr.

Comparison: David Thomas

Stats: SEC

Year

Rec

Yards

Avg

TD

2012

15

139

9.3

0

2011

24

238

9.9

7

2010

15

185

12.3

5

2009

5

66

13.2

2

Combine: Solid in out and up drill. Had a terrible Combine with the 2nd worst 40 of the 19 TEs, worst vertical, and 4th worst height.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6032

258

33.25

10.25

4.94

21

30.5

908

4.35

7.15

Notes: Erased his game film scouting report. Oops.

Overall: Lutzenkirchen at 6’3 ¼ and with only 4.94 40 speed has all the makings of an undrafted free agent. With barely 6’3 height he has the frame of an H-back yet with his speed he will have to play in-line. He’s a tough evaluation as he doesn’t have the speed to threaten a defense down the seam, the height to be a good red zone threat, or the strength to be a good blocker but I still like him. Anyone who has watched Auburn the past few years has seen Philip make dozens of great catches as he arguably has the best hands of any TE in this class. He will make his living on being a dependable target on short to intermediate routes and will be a career backup. That is if someone gives him a chance as on first glance he has all the makings of an undraftable free agent who will never be heard from again. Hopefully he gets that chance as he has a lot to offer but it isn’t size, speed, or strength. Late 7th round as my #21 TE 4/2/13.

 

Free Agents

Mike Cruz Pittsburgh #85 Sr. Is a tall, well built TE that looks like an NFL type player.  Had an average ’10 (19 213 2 TD). In the ’10 Compass Bowl vs. Kentucky he had a very non-chalant one handed catch of a ball behind him (14:05 2nd), missed a block on a DE allowing a TFL (11:35 3rd), and had a big 15 yd cross on 4th and 4 (13:15 4th). I already grade him as a 7th rounder 1/9/11. Was suspended then left the team in spring 2011 under new coach Todd Graham.

Zach Sudfeld Nevada #84 6’6 ¾ 253 Sr. 6 yr senior. 2nd team MWC in 2012. Ran a 4.78 40 (average) with 11 reps (poor), ’37 vertical (elite), and 9’5 broad (elite). In the East-West Shrine game he had a great week of practice, NFL size, good movement skills, not a good blocker at all, dropped perfect pass to him on out, 7 yd hitch. He has NFL size and good agility but I didn’t see anything special and he’s an older prospect as well. Free Agent 4/21/13.

Jack Doyle Western Kentucky #82 6’6 253 Sr. In the 2012 Central Michigan game he had an outstanding jumping, extended hands one handed catch in back of end zone for 6 yd TD (6:50 2nd), strong hands holding out despite getting hit by two defenders with one attempting to strip him. Senior Bowl: Day 1: Good route vs. John Simon in 1×1 drill. Day 2: Handled Duke Williams easily on pass rush drill, beat by Powell on initial move yet recovered well to ride him out-loss. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he got LB blocked but looked weak doing it, tossed away by Chase Thomas on run play-gives effort but a terrible blocker, couldn’t block Ansah causing TFL on end around to his side, poor attempt at ball thrown high over the middle, small separation vs. Zaviar Gooden on seam route and had nice diving catch for +15 yds, has a decent burst but nothing special and looks like a camp invite at best who has a good frame but is rail thin and looked like he just didn’t belong at the Senior Bowl. Free Agent 4/2/13.

Mario Carter North Carolina St. #87 Backup TE to Asa Watson going into 2012. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had a great grab on +15 yd seam route with LB right next to him-no separation though, again no separation but great hands getting 5 yds with defender all over him. In the 2012 Vanderbilt game he had a tough catch over the middle vs. tight cov, dropped out against tight cov, good jumping catch on purposeful high ball vs. tight cov-never seems to get separation but still impressing me with his frame and hands, had a vicious peel back block. Free Agent 3/6/13.

Brian LeonhardtBemidjiState #88 6’5 262 Sr. Had 3 receptions, including a TD and a one handed catch on a poorly thrown seam route, on the opening drive. Ran a terrible 40 (5.02) which puts him in free agent territory despite his good Texas vs. the Nation game. Free agent 4/22/13.

Ryan Otten San Jose St. #82 6’6 245 Sr. Is a tall, think WR looking player who splits out wide a lot. In the 2012 Bowling Green game he was hit hard across the middle for PBU-stayed on ground for awhile, 14 yd catch across middle-jump catch in traffic right after he got hit showing great toughness, has solid 4.7 type speed but nothing special for a guy that thin, struggled to separate all game against man cov with most of his yards being vs. zone. He didn’t impress me at all but he does have NFL height and speed so could be a project to put weight on. Free Agent 12/28/12. Combine: Smooth in out and up drill-not that fast. Senior Bowl: Day 2: Good initial block but eventually let Philip Thomas get by on pass block drill. 11×11-no separation vs. TJ McDonald on out for INC. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he was 3rd string TE, gave token block on Ezekial Ansah who went by him easily for combo sack-no effort, very lumbering in his stride-not a deep threat, dropped low ball but catchable, average block vs. Chase Thomas-least interested blocker in game, fell down blocking DE. Free Agent 4/2/13.

Crosby Wright Purdue #82 6’3 248 Sr. Doesn’t have NFL dimensions or great athleticism but had a solid 16 yd catch on block/drag getting YAC when someone didn’t tackle him hard enough and then showed good strength blocking a 240 lb DE 5 yds downfield. A backup at best but possibly a free agent.

Marqueis Gray Minnesota #5 6’4 245 Sr.  Was a WR in 2010 (42 587) yet moves to QB in 2011. In the 2011 USC game he fumbled on the first carry of the game (14:14 1st). Doesn’t look like an NFL caliber QB so will have to switch positions. In the 2012 Texas Tech game he impressed me with his size and speed-has Cam Newton type talent as a runner just lacks the arm/accuracy. I don’t see him being a QB in the NFL but he could be a wildcat QB, short yardage guy, as well as a TE or WR. He’s similar to Trey Burton in a lot of ways. Free Agent due to position change not going well at the Texas vs. the Nation game but the kid still has great talent 3/19/13. Combine: He made two very nice throws on 9 route drill. Below average on post corner route drill.

 

Undraftable

Trinton Sturdivant-Lost 50 lbs after his 3rd ACL surgery and openly talked of playing in 2012 as a TE. Too much of a medical risk and now no longer even is an OT. Undrafteable 1/19/12.

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