2010 NFL Draft: Evaluating the Tight End Prospects

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2010 NFL Draft: Evaluating the Tight End Prospects
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Nate Byham, 6'4", 268, TE, Pittsburgh

  • 40 yard Dash: 4.91 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 18 on Pro Day
  • Vertical Jump: 31.5” on Pro Day
  • Birthday: 6/27/1988  Age: 21   
The Good
Does a good job getting out of jams.  Good hands.  Good size.  Knows how to make himself a good target.  Fights for extra yards, tough to bring down in the open field.  Good blocker

The Bad
Slow off the line and just overall slow.  Lacks quickness in and out of breaks.

The Truth
The guy is a two-time All-Big East selection despite only compiling 368 yards and one touchdown on 30 receptions the past two seasons.  Byham is a superior run blocker that could end up being a Jim Kleinsasser type who is a significant part of an NFL team's offense who is thrown an occasional ball but will never have any fantasy value.


Ed Dickson, 6'4", 249, TE, Oregon
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.59 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 23 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 34” at the combine
  • Birthday: 7/25/1987  Age: 22   
The Good
Has improved in each season while at Oregon.  Good quickness off the line.  Good hands.  Decent size and amazing strength.  Has bench pressed 400 pounds while at Oregon.
     
The Bad
Needs to improve getting off jams.  Needs to improve his route running.  Not a great blocker.

The Truth
Purely a pass catching tight end with the offensive skills to be a quality fantasy tight end.  Must improve his route running and at least become a capable blocker before he sees significant time.  He has potential to be a quality fantasy tight end but I think it will take a couple of years. It could be worth your time keeping track of him. 
 

Dorin Dickerson, 6'2", 226, TE, Pittsburgh 
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.66 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 20 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 35” at the combine
  • Birthday: 3/31/1988  Age: 22   
The Good
Good blocker, especially down field.  Decent route runner.  Adequate speed.  Can lineup all over the field and play various situations.  Had 10 touchdowns on just 49 receptions last season.

The Bad
Lacks tight end size, could be used more as an H-back.  Not quick off the line when lined up in a three finger stance.

The Truth
Dickerson impressed scouts at the combine with his ability but whether that will translate in the NFL is yet to be seen.  I do not see him as a big time every down tight end but he will be the type of player that creates big plays and should be a red zone threat.  He is an intriguing fantasy prospect that is worth keeping track of but likely will not be a factor for at least a couple of years, if ever.


Jim Dray,  6'5", 246, TE, Stanford
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.82 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 19 on Pro Day
  • Vertical Jump: 34” on Pro Day
  • Birthday: 12/31/1986  Age: 23   
The Good
Good size.  Decent quickness off the line.  Good hands.  Good route runner.  Very good blocker.  Very intelligent, both on and off the field. 
The Bad
Major injury issues, including ACL, PCLA, LCL, hamstring, and on and on.   Slow.  Not elusive.

The Truth
After posting 19 receptions as a freshman, Dray only had 22 receptions the rest of his career.  A great blocker with very good hands.  Does not have the speed to be a fantasy factor but could have an NFL future thanks to his blocking ability but overcoming a history of very serious injuries will not be easy.      
 
 
Brody Eldridge,  6'5", 261, TE, Oklahoma
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.75 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: NA
  • Vertical Jump: NA
  • Birthday: 3/31/1987  Age: 23   
The Good
Big time size.  Excellent blocker, played fullback, tight end, and even center while at Oklahoma.

The Bad
Lacks top end speed.  Was not used as a receiver at Oklahoma, even after they lost Jermaine Gresham for the season last year.  Only had 13 receptions for 98 yards, and one touchdown in 42 career games.

The Truth
A superior blocker who gives an NFL team a player they can play at lead blocker, tight end, or even center in a pinch.  He will never be a pass catcher and has zero fantasy value.

 
Dedrick Epps,  6'4", 246, TE, Miami
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.70 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: NA
  • Vertical Jump: 33” on Pro Day
  • Birthday: NA    
The Good
Good size.  Decent speed for the position.  Decent quickness off the line.  Solid hands, makes tough catches.  Good route runner.  Good blocker.

The Bad
Lacks top end speed.  Doesn’t have a great burst out of routes.  Will drop easy catches and lets the ball get into his chest too often.  Had an ACL injury.

The Truth
Is not a bad player but just does not do anything special.  A decent receiver and a decent blocker but just does not do either well enough at this point to likely stick on an NFL roster.  He does have a great work ethic and could surprise, but the odds are against him ever having any fantasy value.
 
 
Garrett Graham,  6'3", 243, TE, Wisconsin
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.71 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 20 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 34.5” at the combine
  • Birthday: 8/4/1986  Age: 23   
The Good
Decently quick off the line.  Good hands.  Good route runner.  Runs hard after the catch and uses his strength to fight for extra yards.  Good blocker.  Team captain who is a hard worker on and off the field.  Will spend extra time in the weight room.

The Bad
Lacks second gear speed.  Needs to fight off jams better.  Not very athletic, lacks the agility and elusiveness to make guys miss.

The Truth
Does Wisconsin just breed tight ends or what?  It seems like they have at least one drafted every year.  Graham is the kind of guy you love on your favorite NFL team, you know you are getting 110 percent on every play from him.  He is not the fastest or most athletic tight end around but he is strong, smart, and has great hands.  He comes from a system known for developing pro style tight ends, posting 51 receptions, 624 yards, and seven touchdowns in 12 games last season. 
I see him as a guy who is used as an H-back who will lineup all over the field and will be asked to stay in and block most plays.  He will be a chain mover that occasionally will make you believe he can be a productive fantasy player but I do not see him doing anything that will ever make him worth having on your fantasy roster. 
 
 
Jimmy Graham, 6'6", 260, TE, Miami
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.53 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: NA
  • Vertical Jump: 38.5” at the combine
  • Birthday: 6/16/1988   Age: 21   
The Good
Good size, speed, and strength.  Very athletic, especially for his size.  Quick off the line.  Good hands and height make him an excellent red zone target.  Runs well after the catch.  Hard worker that is learning quickly to adapt to football.

The Bad
Only played one season of football at Miami.  Must become more physical and needs to work hard on improving his blocking technique.  Will short arm some passes.

The Truth
Signed on to play basketball at Miami and only started playing football last season for the first time since he was a freshman in high school.  Graham hopes to continue in the footsteps of other basketball players who have made it in the NFL.  He has huge upside but is a very poor blocker at this point.  He has the potential to be an excellent fantasy tight end that is worth a flier in dynasty leagues, assuming he falls to the right team.  Just keep saying to yourself upside.

 
Jermaine Gresham,  6'5", 261, TE, Oklahoma
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.66 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 20 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 35” at the combine
  • Birthday: 6/16/1988  Age: 21   
The Good
Good size and decent speed for his size.  Gets off the line quickly.  Has the extra gear to get past linebackers and find open space in the flats.  Excellent hands.  Very good route runner and red zone super star.  Good blocker.

The Bad
Missed the entire 2009 season with a knee injury.  Only one year as a full-time starter.  Needs to learn to use his size and strength to get off jams.  Will sometimes short-arm a ball.

The Truth
Gresham is a stud, the guy missed the entire 2009 season and is still heads and shoulders above the rest of the tight ends in this class.  He has the size, strength, speed, hands, blocking ability, and route running that NFL scouts love from the tight end position.  As long as his knee is not an issue, I expect Gresham to be one of the top fantasy tight ends within three years.  A rare rookie tight end that should be taken fairly early in dynasty leagues. 
 
 
Rob Gronkowski, 6'6", 258, TE, Arizona
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.68 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 23 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: NA
  • Birthday: 5/14/1989  Age: 20   
The Good
Will only be 21 this year.  Had 47 receptions, 672 yards, and 10 touchdowns in only 10 games in 2008 for the Wildcats.  Prototypical size mixed with good speed and soft hands.  Excellent outlaw player for quarterbacks.  Very good blocker.  Quick off the line and knows how to defeat jams.

The Bad
Only played in two seasons.  Missed the entire 2009 season with a back injury but he had back surgery and appears to be fully recovered.  Doesn’t always use his height to his advantage, needs to learn to time his jumps more effectively.  Not elusive.

The Truth
While Jermaine Gresham appears to be the cream of the crop do not sleep on Gronkowski, this guy is a star if healthy.  His back is a big issue but if it proves to not be a problem, then I believe Gronkowski has all the tools to be a top tier fantasy tight end who appears to be in the Jason Witten style mold. 
 
 
Aaron Hernandez, 6'3", 245, TE, Florida
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.58 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 30 on Pro Day
  • Vertical Jump: NA
  • Birthday: 6/16/1988  Age: 21   
The Good
Won the Mackey Award (nations top tight end) last season.  Good speed, quick off the line, and an excellent route runner.  Soft, reliable hands.  Capable of lining up anywhere on the field.

The Bad
Lacks ideal size.  Not a good blocker but has no fear of trying.

The Truth
Hernandez has had some off-field issues and is not a great blocker but the rest of his game is arguably as good as anybody in this class.  He does not get the same hype as many players in this class but he could be the most ready to contribute this season.  If he falls into the right situation, I would take a flier on him in dynasty leagues. 
 
Michael Hoomaanawanui, 6'4", 264, TE, Illinois
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.77 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: NA
  • Vertical Jump: 32.5” on Pro Day
  • Birthday: 7/4/1988  Age: 21   
The Good
Born on the Fourth of July and has a cool name; OK so there is not much to go on here.  Good size.  Is an excellent blocker.  Is capable of making a catch here and there.  Can line up anywhere on the field.

The Bad
Slow.  Not very athletic.  Only had 490 yards and four touchdowns on 40 career receptions.  Slow off the line and doesn’t use his strength well enough to fight off jams.

The Truth
Assuming he makes an NFL roster he will be nothing more than a blocking tight end who is thrown an occasional bone.  At best, he becomes Brandon Manumaleuna.
Pronunciation: uh-oh-man-OW-uh-NEW-ee
 
Jeron Mastrud, 6'6", 256, TE, Kansas State
  • 40 yard Dash: NA
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 13 on Pro Day
  • Vertical Jump: 32.5” on Pro Day
  • Birthday: 12/17/1987  Age: 22   
The Good
Excellent size.  Intelligent with great worth ethic and character.  Not fast off the line but does a good job of getting separation once he does.  Good hands.  Fights for extra yards.  Solid blocker.

The Bad
Coming off foot injury.  Despite great size there is concern about strength as he only did 13 reps of 225 pound bench press reps on Kansas State’s Pro Day.

The Truth
He is a great person but he will likely never be a great football player.  Despite his 6’6” frame, Mastrud played in 46 career games while at Kansas State and only caught three touchdowns.  His work ethic will get him in the door but even if he sticks around his fantasy value looks to be zip.   
 
Anthony McCoy, 6'5", 259, TE, USC
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.71 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 19 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 35.5” at the combine
  • Birthday: 12/28/1987  Age: 21   
The Good
Averaged 20.8 yards per receptions last season.  Excellent blocker.  Good hands on short and intermediate passes. 
 
The Bad
Was suspended before and after the regular season last year due to grades.  Only had 46 receptions and three touchdowns in three years at USC.  Not explosive.  Slow off the line.    
   
The Truth
McCoy is nothing more than a role player who will stay in to block on most plays.  He will get an occasional reception, especially on short yardage plays and in the red zone but he has no fantasy value.  He is somebody you want on your NFL roster (as long as he has his head on straight) but not on your fantasy roster. 

Tony Moeaki, 6'3", 245, TE, Iowa
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.69 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 18 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 34” at the combine
  • Birthday: 6/8/1987   Age: 22   
The Good
Makes all the catches.  Decent speed for his position.  Excellent blocker.  Does a good job of using his size on jump balls.  Good hands.  Solid route runner.   
 
The Bad
History of injuries.  Not quick off the line.  Needs to learn to use his strength to get off jams.  Can drop easy catches.   

The Truth
The biggest concern about Moeaki is his inability to stay healthy.  He is an excellent blocker and does a good job of making difficult catches look easy.  I think he is a long shot to have any real fantasy impact but he could become a red zone threat who is used primarily as a blocker but will catch a few touchdowns. 
 
Fendi Onobun, 6'6", 249, TE, Houston
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.48 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 16 on Pro Day
  • Vertical Jump: NA at the combine
  • Birthday: 11/17/1986  Age: 23   
The Good
Great size.  Very athletic.  Blocked two PAT’s last season.  Ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash for scouts.   Very intelligent on and off the field and is a quick learner.

The Bad
Only played one season of football for Houston, compiling only 33 yards on two receptions, but one was an 18-yard touchdown.  Only had 16 reps on the bench press. 
    
The Truth
Another basketball player trying to become a star tight end in the NFL.  Onobun started his career at Arizona before transferring to Houston.  He has great size and speed to be a big time fantasy tight end but the fact that he has only played one season of football and has only had two career catches means he is extremely raw and is a very long shot just to make a roster, let alone master the game enough to be a star.  But his upside is much higher than a majority of the tight ends in this class.  Not worth drafting but if he sticks around he could be a super deep down the road sleeper.    
 
 
Colin Peek, 6'5", 252, TE, Alabama
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.94 on Pro Day
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: NA
  • Vertical Jump: 34.5” on Pro Day
  • Birthday: 6/4/1986  Age: 23   
The Good
Excellent size.  Does a good job of getting off jams.  Good route runner.  Solid blocker.  
    
The Bad
Lacks speed.  Drops too many passes.  History of injuries.   

The Truth
Does not look to be anything more than a practice squad player with the potential down the road to be a blocking tight end that catches a rare pass.  No fantasy value here. 
 
 
Dennis Pitta, 6'5", 245, TE, BYU
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.68 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 27 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 34” at the combine
  • Birthday: NA  
The Good
Good size and strength, his 27 reps off 225 pound bench press was the most of any tight end at the combine.  Has been a big part of the BYU offense for the past three years averaging 68 receptions, 908 yards, and six touchdowns a year during that span.  Good hands.  Needs to improve blocking technique. 

The Bad
Older than most kids in the draft as he spent two years on a mission.  Not quick off the line.  Needs to work on getting of jams.     

The Truth
Won’t find life so easy at the next level after dominating the Mountain West Conference for the past three years.  I do like his offensive skills but he needs work and is already a couple of years older than most players from this class.  Pitta needs to fall into the perfect situation to be a great fantasy player but he seems like he could be a very poor man’s Dallas Clark. 
 
Andrew Quarless,  6'5", 254, TE, Penn State
  • 40 yard Dash: 4.68 at the combine
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: 23 at the combine
  • Vertical Jump: 32” at the combine
  • Birthday: 10/6/1988  Age: 21   
The Good
Excellent size.  Can line up anywhere on the field.  Does a good job of using his height to his advantage.  Quick in and out of his routes.  Decent speed for his size.  Ever improving blocker. 

The Bad
Has had his share of off-field issues.  Needs to learn to get off jams.  Needs to improve his hands if he plans on seeing the field in the NFL, drops too many balls.     

The Truth
He reminds me of Jerramy Stevens, which means I like his potential but his drops and off-field issues could prevent him from ever being anything special.  Is not worth drafting unless he falls into a perfect scenario, but is worth keeping track of for a few years.  Is the type of player that could be a fantasy starter in 2012 or not even be in the league any longer. 
 
 
Mickey Shuler, 6'4", 251, TE, Penn State
  • 40 yard Dash: NA
  • 225 lb Bench Reps: NA
  • Vertical Jump: NA
  • Birthday: 10/9/1986  Age: 23   
The Good
Good size.  Good blocker. 

The Bad
Only had 300 yards and four touchdowns on 27 receptions in 37 games at Penn State. 
  
The Truth
Nothing more than a blocking tight end with no fantasy value. 


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