With the excitement of the NFL Draft, prospects will participate in their respected school pro days and also of course the NFL Draft Scouting Combine and or Regional Combines. All of the prospects will go through vigorous drills to show off their abilities.
One of the most intriguing positions to watch are the tight ends. These talented young men at this position are exciting to watch because of their amazing ability and tremendous amount of athleticism to go along with their intimidating size.
Let’s look at the top five.
1. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina, 6'4 245 4.65 40 yard dash
Ebron is the consensus top tight end prospect in the draft this year. Being a huge receiving weapon for North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, Ebron showed us all his noticeably impressive combination of size and strength. He shows flashes of playmaker ability potential as well as an impact blocker. Eric is very fast running through the secondary and is a great middle of the field route runner. Most would say that Ebron fits best in a West Coast style offense, but really he could fit in any type of offense. His agility executes a variety of roles that he will be capable of playing. The only thing he may need to work on is making his hands more consistent. The Ebron's name should be called in the middle to late first round.
2. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech 6'5 260 4.65 40 yard dash
The First Team All Big 12 broke a James Casey's record for most receiving yards for a tight end in NCAA history. After accumulating 106 receptions for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, Amaro looks to have emerged onto the scene as a force to be reckoned with. He’s a deadly threat in crossing routes against the zone defense. The main thing that he uses to his advantage, is how much faster he is than outside linebackers. The only knocks on Amaro are his inconsistencies in blocking and tenacity.
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington, 6'6 276 4.75 40 yard dash
The 2013 Mackey Award Winner has evolved into a more all around player at the tight end position. As a former basketball at the University of Washington, he obviously has the size and athleticism as any other tight end in the NFL. His combination of size, strength, and agility is quite tantalizing. If he falls into with the right team, he has the potential of being a big time playmaker in the NFL. Jenkins likely falls into the second round.
4. Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame 6'6 270 4.85 40 yard dash
Probably the most all around tight end in the draft. Has the most potential out of all the tight ends in the draft. His size, strength, and good burst could end up landing him a starting job as early as mid season 2014. Niklas has impressive strength and a very well polished route runner. His stock is expected to rise a bit is that he has already shown he can contribute in an NFL style offense as we know Notre Dame runs. Likely Niklas is a late second round to third round draft pick.
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa 6'7 265 4.85 40 yard dash
Despite being so big, Fiedorowicz is actually very coordinated, and he makes catches that are difficult to make look easy. His strength we all know is his blocking skills which he did a lot of at the University of Iowa. He has made it very clear that he has no problem doing so. If he can drop some weight and add some speed he could end up being a great tight end at the next level. Scouts say he is likely a third or fourth round pick, but with an impressive combine he could surely sneak into the late second round.
With tight ends being such an important position in today's game, scouts for teams need to take a closer examination into the prospects that are available this year. These five tight ends could all end up being great players in the league and as we get closer to the combine and the draft these guys will do whatever it takes to raise their stock.
Written by, Dedrick Hendrix
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