NFL Draft Early Entries: Tight Ends

    2016 NFL Draft Early Entries: It's an awful year or tight ends, and there aren't too many coming from the underclassmen.

    January 17, 2016


    It’s an awful year or tight ends, and there aren’t too many coming from the underclassmen.


    2016 NFL Draft Early Entries: Tight Ends

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    David Grinnage, NC State, 6-5, 265

    Right Move? Um, okay. He caught 25 passes for 290 yards and three scores, and he showed a few good moments, but he didn’t stand out. The size is there and he has the athleticism and potential to stick as a third tight and a special teamer, but he’ll be lucky to be drafted.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Hunter Henry, Arkansas, 6-5, 250

    Right Move? The first tight end to go in the upcoming draft, he has prototype size, athleticism and blocking ability. He had no problems blocking in Bret Bielema’s ground Hog attack, but his real worth was as a big wide receiver making 51 grabs for 739 yards and three scores as a terrific midrange threat. While he’s a definite top 50 pick, he needs a good Combine to move into the first round.
    Projection: First Round

    Austin Hooper, Stanford, 6-3, 248

    Right Move? He’ll be overdrafted because the tight ends are so awful this year. While he’s not quite as big as you might like, he has the look and game of a tweener target who can act like a smallish tight end or a big receiver. Blocking isn’t a problem and he’ll get nasty when he has to, but his job at the next level will be to make grabs in the interior as a complementary target after catching 34 passes for 438 yards and six scores.
    Projection: Third Round

    MORE: 2016 Early Entries: Quarterbacks


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