1. Hunter Henry (Arkansas): He earned first-team all SEC honors and was the recipient of the John Mackey award (nation’s top tight end). He has the adequate height and length for the position and for a man of his size (6’5, 250 pounds), he’s an outstanding athlete and has great speed to separate himself in his route running. He’s very fluid when he runs, shows excellent body-control and can make adjustments to each throw. He’s extremely dangerous after the catch with the toughness and agility he shows. He can also block which is huge for tight ends to do and can drive anyone down the field and plays until the whistle blows and the play is whistled dead. Henry is also a very reliable target on third down.
2. Austin Hooper (Stanford): He’s a very talented route runner. He has a very nice release off the line of scrimmage to create space and get free in the open field. He accelerates very smoothly and shows good balance and agility to create separation along with displaying exceptional hand-eye coordination. He collects the football meaning he catches just about everything thrown to him. He’s a determined runner after the catch as he lowers the shoulders and spins by tacklers for some additional yardage. He’s a prospect who’s best football still lies ahead of him. He can be a steal for anyone that selects him in the draft.
3. Nick Vannett (Ohio State): With all the talent that Urban Meyer had in Columbus, Nick Vannett got lost in the shuffle. He’s able to line up as a traditional tight end, he can play in the slot and he can line up in the backfield so he can be moved around in several places on the field. He’s a good run blocker, plays with good leverage and balance and he’s able to stay in front of defenders and be an effective blocker. He’s also a nice asset in the passing game. He can move well without the ball to get open, has good hands and focuses on making the catch before getting up the field.
4. Jerrell Adams (South Carolina): At one time, he was expected to play defense. 66 receptions, 977 yards receiving and seven touchdowns later, the right decision was made on where he should play I think. He’s a long and rangy prospect that runs well. He’s a former basketball player and he uses those moves to his advantage on the football field. At 6’5, he is very quick because of his stride. He can split out wide as a receiver. He uses his size to his advantage. He boxes out defenders to position himself to get the football as if he were in the post on the hardwood.
5. Tyler Higbee (Western Kentucky): I remember being asked who would be a sleeper pick in this years draft and I said this guy right here. He’s got terrific speed for a 250 pounder. He catches everything so he’s got terrific hands and he’s able to make a tough catch in traffic. He can get high in the air and go get the ball as well as catch it low. He’s very difficult to bring down and he keeps his legs moving to slide by tacklers and gain additional yardage. He’s solid as a blocker, he’s very tough and physical at the point of attack.
Teams In Need Of Tight Ends: New York Jets, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals,