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This year’s draft features one of the best tight end classes in recent memory, with three to four
- 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
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
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.