While North Carolina's Eric Ebron stands atop of the tight end class in this year's draft, Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins has crept into the conversation of that next tier of players.
In 13 games in 2012 for the Washington Huskies, Seferian-Jenkins hauled in 69 catches for 852 yards and seven touchdowns, but his production decreased in 2013, only registering 450 yards on 36 catches, though still finishing with eight touchdowns.
The 6'5", 262-pound tight end has terrific size for the position, and his long arms and body control can cause mismatches for defenses.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller wrote of him: "In one player you have an in-line run-blocker, a seam-busting pass-catcher, a big body for goal-line packages and a red-zone target with the length and athleticism to attack jump balls. Sign me up for that"
Given all of the attributes that Miller discussed, there are still concerns about Seferian-Jenkins at the next level.
Mark Eckel of The Times of Trenton was told by an executive in personnel from an AFC team that Seferian-Jenkins is "more overrated and a bigger pain in the (butt) than the other guy." The "other guy" the personnel man was referring to was Ebron, whom he called "completely overrated." The personnel man went on to say about Seferian-Jenkins, "There's great size, but he's a little lazy. I'm not sure where he goes."
Despite his size, he rarely dominates his opponent and relies more on his pure athleticism.
Teams will fall in love with his potential and size, but he may end up being a guy who never lives up to expectations if he cannot prove at the next level that he can be dominate both athletically and physically.
Much like Seferian-Jenkins, USC's Xavier Grimble has the size (6'4", 257 lbs) of a prototypical NFL tight end but had an off-year in 2013.
In three seasons for the Trojans, Grimble had 69 catches for 731 yards and 11 touchdowns but only finished the 2013 season with 25 catches for 271 yards and two touchdowns
According to NFL.com, Grimble blamed former head coach Lane Kiffin for his lack of a role in USC's offense, saying:
(Kiffin) likes to run a certain type of offense. He likes to max out one person. Our first year it was Robert Woods. Then it was Marqise [Lee] for two years. I kind of got overshadowed a bit.
His ability to catch the ball in the middle of the field, combined with his good hands, could have teams looking at him in the third or fourth round because of the potential he possesses.
Grimble failed to ever make a big impact at USC after being a highly sought-after high school prospect, and it is hard to imagine that the switch will turn on for him at the next level. Teams will salivate at the idea of "fixing" him, but given his lack of athleticism, he may never end up being more than just a backup tight end.
A matchup nightmare at 6'6" and 270 pounds, Notre Dame's Troy Niklas carries his size better than most prospects in this year's draft class.
Despite his size, Niklas is very athletic and displays good control of his body. His speed is still a question mark, as he did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and there is concern that he will not be able to create the necessary separation at the next level.
Teams will fall in love with his size and athleticism, but there are inconsistencies in his blocking and with his lower-body strength.
Niklas is far from a finished product, having only played tight end for the past two seasons, but there are concerns in his route-running ability, as he tends to get lost in traffic and can struggle to create separation. He will need to learn to use his size better at the next level, and while a team will fall in love with his freakish combination of size and athleticism, he may end up being a long-term project.