The tight end position as a whole has really revolutionized itself. When people think of a tight end, a guy who lines up as an offensive lineman comes to mind. Someone who can be used as another blocker in the running game. Nowadays, you see tight ends lined up in the slot as wide receivers, in the backfield and outside playing as wide receivers. Today, I’ll introduce you to the top tight end prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft.
1. Eric Ebron (North Carolina)- I see so much of Vernon Davis when I watch this kid play. With a breed of young tight ends in the league, Eric Ebron could be one of the next stars at his position. He has great speed for a guy his size and he brings versatility to the position. He can line up as a receiver in the slot and he has a great release off the line of scrimmage. He’s a good blocker that can be physical if given the challenge and he has a large catching radius.
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington)- He was considered to be one of the best tight ends in the country last season. For a man of his size, he has excellent body control and possesses strong hands to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage. Austin is good with the ball in his hands in the open field and he has the ability to move around in the open field. He improved immensely as a blocker.
3. Troy Niklas (Notre Dame)- Troy displays the typical build for the tight end position in today’s game. He has a great height so the quarterback can put the ball only to where he can get it. Troy also shows that he can block and has made that a major part of his game. He can use his height and strength to his advantage to get open and past defenders. He isn’t a flashy guy but he’s a guy that goes out there and gets the job done.
4. Jace Amaro (Texas Tech)- Jace is at his best when he lines up in the slot on the field. He has great hands and he’s able to go up and grab every pass thrown in his direction. The one thing that’s stood out to me is his route running. He’s very smooth off the line of scrimmage in his release. He’s what you call a fluid athlete meaning he’s able to move around in tight coverages.
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa)- Just like Tyler Eifert did a year ago, C.J. has made comparisons to Rob Gronkowski. They’re just about the same size. C.J. shows great versatility to get past a defender and into the open field to catch the ball. He isn’t the flashiest guy but he gets the job done and that’s all that matters.