In the final installment of rookie breakdown I will discuss the weakest position in this draft, the tight end. I feel though that the tight end can provide the biggest impact on a fantasy team. If you have one of the top flight ones you are set but if you one that either has a decent game or gets a zero you could be in trouble.
There is nothing more frustrating than playing the guy with Jason Witten or Antonio Gates and seeing them get WR numbers. With all that said I would say that there is a little potential in this draft class, but I would not recommend any of these guys if you have a bigger need at WR or RB. With all that said here are the rankings its a short list.
1. Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit Lions):
Short Term: He is going to be on the field almost every down. His excellent blocking ability could actually hurt his fantasy value. He may be called on to stay in a block against premium pass rushers.
He is a huge target and could get a lot of red zone targets with defenses focusing on Calvin Johnson. I would expect him to get about 750 yards receiving and 3-5 touchdowns in his first season.
Long Term: He could be a solid consistent starter for 10-12 seasons. I feel he is going to be a very good player and he is on a team that is going to use him as a passing target. As Stafford develops his ability to catch passes will be even more important. He could be one of the "safest" picks in rookie drafts.
Projection: Like I said earlier there is no way you could take him over the top five running backs or the top three wide outs. I would say he is worth a second round pick or if your team is solid across the board and you need a good constant tight end then Pettigrew is your man.
2. Chase Coffman (Cincinnati Bengals)
Short Term: He needs to recover from a broken foot, but the Bengals are going to be looking for someone to step up and catch passes for Palmer. He has a great body for possession type catches. I really feel that he could make a decent impact if he gets on the field, but I wouldn't expect too much.
Long Term: He might need some time to get used to the NFL game and recover from his injury. He could make a solid impact if he gets the chance. I don't know if there is a ton of hope though.
Projection: There is really no way to project these types of players. They are hit and miss. I wouldn't suggest picking him until the third round at the earliest. Just don't put too much stock in Coffman.
3. Travis Beckum (New York Giants)
Short Term: Don't expect huge numbers with many capable wide outs on the team and Kevin Boss entering his third year. He has the skills though and could be a Chris Cooley-esque player.
Long Term: If he can break through and prove himself he could be a match up nightmare for other teams. He has a very high boom potential but at the same time he could just end up washed up and stuck on the New York bench.
Projection: He is a project but he could be worth the risk in the third round or later. The Giants are looking for someone to replace Shockey and he could be the one to do it. He is a risk but the reward could be there.
James Casey (Houston Texans): Owen Daniels is in the way, but he is very versatile he could be a big part if Daniels leaves via free agency.
Cornelius Ingram (Philadelphia Eagles): Recovering from injury could take a year to make a full recovery he is pretty talented.
Jared Cook( Tennessee Titans): Titans don’t pass a lot and they have a first-round receiver and Bo Scaife already.
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