Tight Ends

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked TEs

Hockenson is the most complete TE in the draft.
Photo: Nick Rohlman/Daily Iowan

***Updated April 15, 2019***

1. T.J. Hockenson, Iowa, 6-5/251

Protoypical size for a tight end. Hockenson can play in-line and smash defenders with old school toughness. He’s athletic enough to line up in the slot or at halfback. His versatility is going to open up playbooks.

2. Noah Fant, Iowa, 6-4/249

Fant was the pre-season favorite to be the top TE in the draft, that is until his teammate came on like a freight train. But at the combine, Fant made a statement by running 4.5 forty, had a 6.81 3-cone, and an 11-49 90-yard shuttle – all best in his position group. That kind of athleticism goes early in the draft.

3. Irv Smith, Jr., Alabama, 6-2/242

Smith surprised a little, by coming in at 6′ 2″, he was a little shorter than anticipated. He ran a good 4.63 forty, but was only average in the rest of the drills. However, Smith comes from a football family and has football smarts. He knows how to create separation and has excellent hands. And he’s a good route runner. He’ll find his way on the field.

4. Kahale Warring, San Diego State, 6-5/252

Warring is a rare combination of size and athleticism. He’s still learning, but growing steadily. He didn’t play football until his senior year in high school. He was an all-league water polo goalie and basketball player at rural Sonora High in Northern California. He also competed on the cross country, swimming, soccer and tennis before trying his hand at football.

5. Dawson Knox, Mississippi, 6-4/254

Under utilized at Mississippi but for good reason, Knox was competing for catches with D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and DeMarkus Lodge. There just weren’t enough balls to go around on that offense. Displays good hands and athleticism. A bit raw, but has lots of upside.

6. Foster Moreau, LSU, 6-4/253

Played in a wide open gun-slinger style of offense that showcased the best of his skills. Even though the Pro game is changing, you still need to play from under center. He bring enthusiasm to the field and is a natural leader. If a team seeks intangibles, this guy has them.

7. Josh Oliver, San Diego State, 6-5/249

Oliver is capable of stretching the field. Has long arms and big mits which compliment his ability to track down the ball. A pretty good route runner and has shown the capacity to be an aggressive in-line blocker.

8. Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, 6-4/251

Sternberger is getting a lot of attention from teams and steadily rising up draft boards. He is very athletic, a former three sport athlete, that takes his conditioning seriously. Has shown good hands and plenty of upside.

9. Elkanah “Kano” Dillon, Oregon, 6-5/265

Dillon arrived in Oregon as a grad-transfer from South Flordia. He is certainly one of the more physically intriguing tight end prospects in the 2019 draft class. If a team decides to invest in his measurables, he could become a better pro than college player.

10. Isaac Nauta, Georgia, 6-3/244

A former five star recruit that didn’t have the production expected. However, his athleticism has teams taking a second look. A good blocker who isn’t afraid to engage in contact. His ability to play inline or line up in the slot has increased his value.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Drew Sample, Washington, 6-5/255
  2. Kaden Smith, Stanford, 6-5/255
  3. Tommy Sweeney, Boston College, 6-4/255
  4. Dax Raymond, Utah, 6-5/255
  5. Matt Sokol, Michigan State, 6-6/250
  6. Caleb Wilson, UCLA, 6-4/240
  7. Mavin Saunders, Kansas, 6-4/236
  8. Isaiah Searight, Fordham, 6-3/242
  9. Zach Gentry, Michigan, 6-8/255
  10. Kendall Blanton, Missouri, 6-6/262
  11. Daniel Helm, Duke, 6-4/249
  12. C.J. Conrad, Kentucky, 6-4/249
  13. Alexandre Savard, Laval, 6-5/242
  14. Keenan Brown, Texas State, 6-2/250
  15. Donald Parham, Stetson, 6-8/245
  16. Charles Scarff, Delaware, 6-6/270
  17. Brandon Dillon Marian 6-5/250
  18. James Washington, Rutgers, 6-2/241

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.