NFL Scouting Combine Workout Analysis: Tight Ends

    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis on the workouts of every prospect: the tight ends

    February 28, 2016

    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis of the workouts of every prospect: the tight ends.

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    Jerell Adams, South Carolina, 6-5, 247

    Outstanding. He was extremely quick for his size and the 4.64 40 – the best among the tight ends – was like a wide receiver in this year’s class. He showed off all the athleticism to go along with the good upside. He needs to be more of a natural receiver, but he showed the tools.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Stephen Anderson, California, 6-2, 230

    He didn’t run, but he showed off amazing explosion for a tight end with a 38” vertical and a broad jump of just under ten feet. But it’s still hard to figure out what he is. He’s built like a running back, is a natural wide receiver, and is projected to be a tight end.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Ben Braunecker, Harvard, 6-3, 250

    The concern was whether or not he was just a good guy against lesser competition, and then he came into Indy and ripped up the Combine with the best overall work among the tight ends. He was explosive, caught the ball fine, and was shockingly quick with some of the best times in the short drills. Throw in the 20 reps on the bench and the 4.73 40, and he really, really helped himself.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Thomas Duarte, UCLA, 6-2, 231

    A true tweener and a normal wide receiver, he was supposed rip it up, and he did. The 4.72 40 was slow for a wideout, but was great for a tight end. The vertical and broad jumps showed his pop, and he was really, really quick. Catching the ball was hardly an issue.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    David Grinnage, NC State, 6-5, 248

    While he didn’t do all the drills, he came up with a good-enough 4.9. He didn’t jump all that well, but he wasn’t supposed to be an athlete. He’s a short-range receiver, and he showed that.
    Projection: Sixth Round

    Temarrick Hemingway, South Carolina State, 6-5, 244

    He looked the part with great athleticism and smooth moves – he looked like a big wide receiver. Really, really quick for a player of his size, and great in the pass catching drills, he did a nice job to go along with the 4.71 40.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Hunter Henry, Arkansas, 6-5, 250

    It was disappointing that he didn’t run or do all the drills, and the 13 reps on the bench were way light considering he’s physical blocker. There’s a lot to like about his overall game, and he moved like a wide receiver, but he didn’t look like the WOW tight end who could be an elite gamechanger.
    Projection: First Round

    Tyler Higbee, WKU. 6-6, 249

    He didn’t work out trying to get past a knee injury, but he measured well with a very big, very long frame and huge hands.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Austin Hooper, Stanford, 6-4, 254

    It was the type of workout to potentially help him in a big way. The 4.72 40 was a big way to start, and he did everything else right across the board. He wasn’t all that smooth in the pass catching drills, but he was quick, strong, and did everything right.
    Projection: Third Round

    Ryan Malleck, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 247

    It was a good enough workout to be intriguing in the late rounds. He moved like an NFL tight end with one of the best verticals and broad jumps in the group, and he was really, really quick in the short drills. He’s a receiver, too.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Jake McGee, Florida, 6-5, 250

    Still trying to get over a broken leg, he didn’t run or do much, and the 17 reps on the bench were just okay. He has the size, though.
    Projection: Free Agent

    David Morgan, UTSA, 6-4, 262

    A pet project in the scouting world, Morgan has the hands, and he has the short-range burst, but he made his money on the bench with 29 reps. He was slow straight-line with a 5.02 40, but he’s not going to be a field stretcher. He was one of the quickest tight ends – he helped himself in a big way.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Beau Sandland, Montana State, 6-4, 253

    It was a workout warrior trip to Indy. He was strong, great in the jumps – the broad jump was the best among the tight ends and the 35” vertical was great. He’s an okay pass catcher and he looked like he belonged – at the very least, he has the raw tools.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Nick Vannett, Ohio State, 6-6, 257

    He the guy who might blow up in the pros after not being used enough in college, and considering his quickness in the short drills, he was excellent considering his size and bulk. He can catch and he can move well enough. He might not be elite, but he’s an NFL tight end.
    Projection: Third Round

    Bryce Williams, East Carolina, 6-6, 257

    The 40 time was under 5.0, but it wasn’t a great run. Quick enough and smooth enough in the short drills, he looked just fine, but there wasn’t anything that stood out. He did nothing to hurt his mid-round stock.
    Projection: Fourth Round


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