3CO NFL Draft Rankings: TE

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This year’s draft features one of the best tight end classes in recent memory, with three to four instant starters et to be available in the early rounds of the draft and several intriguing prospects sprinkled throughout the remaining rounds. This may very well be the strongest position group of them all heading into Thursday, and we’re very excited to bring you our opinions on some of these prospects.

  1. T.J Hockenson Iowa

Hockenson is everything you want in a modern day tight end. Terrific blocking, great hands, great athleticism, and tremendous toughness make “Hock” one of the safest tight end prospects of the last decade. He should immediately become one of the top-15 players at his position as a rookie.

2. Noah Fant Iowa

Fant is very similar to Eric Ebron, as he is an uncoverable receiver who just needs to refine his technique and improve as a blocker to become an elite weapon in the NFL. Still, his ability to get open and make plays after the catch is spectacular. If he goes to the right team expect Fant to become one of the most dynamic pass catching tight ends in the league.

3. Irv Smith Jr Alabama

Smith is a player who does everything really well. While likely not a first round talent, he could be an excellent value pick for a tight end needy team on Day 2. His smarts and receiving abilities will get him far if he can stay healthy.

4. Kaden Smith Stanford

Smith is a big blocking tight end with solid receiving ability. While he has questionable speed, I could see him really dominating in the red-zone as an NFL player, becoming a Jack Doyle/Cameron Brate type of player for a team.

5. Jace Sternberger Texas A&M

Sternberger displayed explosive receiving ability for the Aggies but his blocking has been described as “terrible”. Fortunately for Sternberger, many teams will ignore blocking issues if you’re as good of a receiver as he is, just ask Jace Amaro, Travis Kelce, and Mike Gesicki.

6. Josh Oliver San Jose State

Oliver is a really talented receiver who doesn’t happen to be allergic to blocking. If anyone beyond the top three players on this list becomes a pro bowler, Oliver would be the guy.

7. Caleb Wilson UCLA

Wilson pro comparison lines up favorably with Evan Engram. He is almost exclusively a receiver, with very little blocking ability, but he can fill a hybrid h-back/slot tight end role in a spread offense.

8. Foster Moreau LSU

Moreau is a nice athlete who many have called the George Kittle of the 2019 draft. What that means is that Moreau was underutilized in college but he could explode if featured more prominently in the NFL given his physical gifts and abilities.

9. Kahale Warring San Diego State

With similar measurables and a game modeled after him, Warring has been linked to Rob Gronkowski a lot during the pre-draft process. It would be interesting to see if he lands in New England so we can find out whether those comparisons are fair or not.

10. Dax Raymond Utah State

Raymond is a nice prospect who does a little bit of everything well. He could be an NFL starter if he avoids getting hurt.

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