Tight end isn't as highly scrutinized of a position as quarterback, running back, and receiver, but in terms of athleticism and drafting, there still can be a lot learned at the NFL Combine .
Many were waiting to see who would run the fastest, how Jermaine Gresham would perform, and if Anthony McCoy could improve his stock.
Read on for the top five performances in the major drills over the weekend.
1. Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh (4.40)
2. Jimmy Graham, Miami (4.56)
3. Dennis Pitta, BYU (4.63)
4. Ed Dickson, Oregon (4.67)
5. Andrew Quarless, Penn State (4.69)
Dorin Dickerson started off a sensational combine by leading all tight ends in the 40, as there was a huge gap between his speed and the next tight end.
Jimmy Graham, although fairly raw, showed excellent speed and acceleration for his size, and Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson showed the speed that everyone expected to see.
Anthony McCoy and Jermaine Gresham ran in the high 4.7s. While they didn't run bad times, their showing was slightly disappointing in the 40.
1. Clay Harbor, Missouri State (30 reps)
2. Dennis Pitta, BYU (27)
3. Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois (25)
4. Rob Gronkowski, Arizona (23)
5. Andrew Quarless, Penn State (23)
Clay Harbor led a solid group of tight ends with a very impressive 30 reps, followed by Pitta and Michael Hoomanawanui, who were the only other tight ends to crack 25 reps.
Pitta is establishing himself as a very well-rounded prospect and is being compared to Indianapolis' Dallas Clark.
Colin Peek delivered a fairly weak 19 reps, while Tony Moeaki only dropped in 18.
1. Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh (43.5")
2. Clay Harbor, Missouri State (40.0")
3. Jimmy Graham, Miami (38.5")
4. Anthony McCoy, USC (35.5")
5. Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma (35.0")
Dickerson continued a very good showing at the Combine, recording the highest vertical jump, which, along with his excellent timed speed and great broad jump (below), gave him the standing as the most athletic tight end at the Combine.
Jermaine Gresham made his way into the top five with a fairly mediocre 35" vertical leap.
This was Pitta's worst drill, as he finished with just 33.5" for his leap.
1. Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh (10'5")
2. Clay Harbor, Missouri State (10')
3. Jimmy Graham, Miami (10')
4. Anthony McCoy, USC (9'5")
5. Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma (9'5")
Dennis Pitta and Tony Moeaki also registered a broad jump of 9'5", tying for fourth place.
Dickerson finished his excellent Combine as the leader in all three major athletic drills, while Harbor delivered a solid showing in the broad jump, as well.
Riar Geer finished with the lowest totals in all the major drills, assuring he'll be a late-round pick, if he's lucky enough to be selected at all.
Overall, Dickerson and Pitta were easily the most athletic tight ends, while Pitta even finished first of five tight ends to run the three-cone shuttle drill.
Pitta is a wide receiver in a tight end's body, and if he can refine his blocking skills a bit, he could easily be a steal in round three or four.
Gresham has a weak showing, but none of his final numbers will knock his stock as the top overall tight end in this draft.
Florida's Aaron Hernandez could have benefited from a strong Combine, but he didn't participate in any drills. He's expected to do workouts at Florida's Pro Day.
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