Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.
This continues to be one of the most difficult position groups to evaluate. It really depends on what kind of tight end you want as to which player you should target. Scheme has a lot to do with it.
Some are better blockers; some can play h-back; some line up in the slot; some can’t block anybody, but they can really run; and some have great hands.
2020 NFL Draft: Top Rated TEs
1. Adam Trautman, Dayton, 6-5/255
Trautman had an excellent Senior Bowl. His assignment sound blocking set him apart. He looks like a complete tight end, could even play fullback if asked.
Trautman had a solid combine, posting the best 3-Cone (6.78) in his TE class.
2. Cole Kmet*, Notre Dame, 6-5/262
Kmet is a big, tall, lanky tight end. He looks like he could easily add some bulk without hurting his agility. Has a lot of upside.
Kmet continues to remind scouts of his talent. Solid Combine performance.
3. Albert Okwegbunam*, Missouri, 6-5/256
Also know, by game-day announcers, as Albert O. Athletic tight end that has a nose for the endzone. Not a basketball-style box out player, rather uses his speed and hands to win the battle. Had some injury issues.
Combine: His 4.49 topped all TE’s, Albert O. is moving on up.
4. Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic, 6-4/243
Had a 1,000 yard season on 65 receptions. Played in Lane Kiffin’s pass happy offense – knows how to find the seem up the middle. Only 13 reps on the Bench will make evaluators take a second look at the tape to see if he can hold his own at the point-of=attack.
5. Devin Asiasi*, UCLA, 6-3/257
Has all the traits you’re looking for in a tight end. With some patience and good coaching, he could be special.
Didn’t test as anticipated, but holds his own for now.
6. Dalton Keene*, Virginia Tech, 6-4/253
Good receiver than can run after the catch.
Keene definitely helped himself at the Combine. Topped all TE’s in the Broad Jump (125) and 20-Yard Shuttle (419); and weighed more than expected.
7. Hunter Bryant*, Washington, 6-2/248
Athletic, undersized, tight end. Second tight end, special teams, fullback, and slot are in his future.
Bryant put on twenty pounds and didn’t look heavy running. He definitely raised his stock this week.
8. Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati, 6-3/240
Thick-bodied tight end and is comfortable blocking and running routes. Has shown soft hands. Will be able to double as H-back at next level. Should be a special teams standout.
Solid performance, led TE’s with 25 reps on the Bench.
9. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, 6-4/255
Looks like a receiver with soft hands and natural runner. Can block in the run game. Could also line up in the slot.
Pinkney looked like a top 4 or 5 TE in this class; however, his 4.96 forty didn’t help his stock. Now he’ll be looked at more as an inline blocker.
10. Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland, 6-2/240
Tested in the top half of the class. Should find himself getting drafted.
11. Colby Parkinson*, Stanford, 6-7/252
Big bodied tight end that is fluid in space. Good hands. Team had a down year, but Parkinson didn’t loose his natural talent. Maybe the most pro-ready tight end in the class.
Parkinson was once the number one TE recruit in the nation. He didn’t wow anyone at the Combine. He probably dropped a few spots because the expectation was high and the performance was ok.
12. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue, 6-3/245
Has some long speed. Not afraid to go over the middle. Can get bigger.
Ran a decent 4.66 which should place him somewhere around the top ten.
13. Jacob Breeland, Oregon, 6-4/252
Had to block at Oregon, not afraid to get dirty. Good receiver skills.
Breeland didn’t particpate at the Combine. We’ll wait for his Pro-Day.
14. Thaddeus Moss*, LSU, 6-3/235
Lacks prototypical size for an NFL tight end. Shows good hands, body control, and concentration. Can get downfield, but isn’t a fluid runner.
Moss did not participate in the Combine drills.
15. Stephen Sullivan, LSU, 6-5/245
Converted wide receiver, still learning the position. Has athletic aptitude and willingness to learn. Good upside.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Charlie Woener, Georgia, 6-5/245
- Sean McKeon, Michigan, 6-5/242
- Eli Wolfe, Georgia, 6-4/236
- Cheyenne O’ Grady, ex-Arkansas, 6-4/251
- Rashad Berry, Ohio State, 6-4/255
- Nate Wieting, Iowa, 6-4/250
- Chris Garrison, Boston College, 6-3/255
- Mitchell Wilcox, USF, 6-4/245
- Jared Rice, Fresno State, 6-4/248
- Joey Magnifico, Memphis, 6-4/235
- Parker Houston, San Diego State, 6-3/250
- Octavious Cooley, Mississippi, 6-3/265
- Giovanni Ricci, Western Michigan, 6-3/230
- Tyler Mabry, Maryland, 6-3/250
- Dominick Wood-Anderson, Tennessee, 6-4/270
- Carl Tucker, No. Carolina, 6-2/248
- Noah Tagiai, Oregon State, 6-4/241
- Carlos Strickland, UTSA, 6-4/240
- Jordan Davis, Louisville, 6-5/258
SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS
- Tyrone Wheatley, Morgan State, 6-6/256
- Nigel Kilby, Southern Illinois, 6-8/243
- Graham Adomitis, Princeton, 6-4/255
- Matthew Gonzalez, Robert Morris, 6-3/230
- Wes Preece, Cal-Davis, 6-5/240
- Bransen Schwebel, Southeastern La. State, 6-5/245
- D.J. Cornish, Shepherd, 6-2/260
- Erik Henneman, Lindenwood, 6-3/230
Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Draft Players Position Rankings