Category: Tight End

TE Ryan Izzo, Florida St.*

6’5” – 256 lbs. – 4.94

Profile:

  • Also played basketball in high school. Redshirted in his first season, then appeared in thirteen games in each of the three subsequent seasons, catching fifty-two passes and five touchdowns over the course of his career before foregoing his senior season in order to declare for the draft.

Positives:

  • Well-built tight end with a solid combination of height, bulk, and length. Has experience playing as both a traditional inline “Y” tight end and as more an H-Back in the team’s offense. Almost all of his snaps came as a blocker, inlcuding on passing downs. Chippy and aggressive player who works hard to stick with opponents through the whistle. Pretty accurate placing his hands and has some leg drive after contact. Has the short-area quickness to chip one opponent and reach another in space, or climb to the second level. Good at lining up opponents in space. The team trusted him in pass protection and exhibits good lateral quickness to stick with opponents. Occasionally began his snaps as a blocker and made delayed releases as a receiver; can sell his fakes and seems to have reliable hands. Played in thirty-nine games over the past three seasons.

Negatives:

  • Not a very good athlete; workout numbers are on the borderline of what’s acceptable in a tight end prospect. Needs to rely on deception rather than athleticism to create opportunities for himself as a receiver. Wasn’t very integrated into the passing game except as an extra blocker, with marginal receiving production. More aggressive than he is technically sound as a blocker. Has frequent balance issues that crop up because he’s overextending himself in an attempt to reach opponents; consequently, ends up bending at the waist or falling to the ground. Works hard to stick with his opponents in pass protection but is often trying to steer them wide of the pocket by attacking their shoulder rather than mirroring them and using his length to keep them out of his body.

Summary:

  • A pure blocker with the size to function as a role player at the next level. Plays with aggression and has the quickness to get in space and secure blocks, traits which could eventually earn him a number-two role. However, is more of an effort blocker than a technically sound or physically dominant one, and receiving value is marginal; his shortcomings in the blocking game can be addressed, but he probably lacks the athleticism to be a dynamic receiver.

 

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TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

6’5″ – 247 lbs. – 4.80e

Redshirted in 2013, then started two of fourteen games the following year and four of eleven as a sophomore before becoming a starter. H-Back who typically lines up in a two-point stance a couple of yards behind the line of scrimmage, but who also takes some snaps split out as a receiving option. Was rarely asked to put his hand in the dirt and play out of a three-point stance for more than a handful of snaps per game. Well-versed in blocking concepts. Will come in motion and crack backside pursuers, function as a lead-blocker, chip rushers before leaking out as a safety valve, or stay back in pass protection. Temperamentally suited to contributing as a blocker. Seeks out opponents and works to sustain through the whistle. Not afraid to get physical with opponents. Flashes the ability to lock on and keep his feet churning to generate movement against smaller linebackers. Good instincts and awareness of his responsibilities. Works to seal one opponent inside before making his way to the second level. Athleticism gives him some range as a blocker, and does a good job of lining up moving targets. Struggles to absorb an opponent’s power at times; better when he’s able to be aggressive in the run game than when he’s asked to anchor in pass protection. Runs a combination of seam routes and underneath patterns. Able to handle contact near the line of scrimmage without being pushed off of his routes. Has enough athleticism to get behind linebackers playing zone coverage, but most of his catches tend to come on shorter passes over the middle of the field. More effective against zone than man coverage, as he lacks the speed and quickness to separate consistently against the latter. Struggles to make contested catches in traffic, but has reliable hands when thrown accurate passes, with some ability to bring in passes away from his frame. Arms may be a bit shorter than is typical for a player with his height. Capable of picking up chunks of yardage after the catch against zones, but balance is just average, and is not particularly creative or physical with the ball in his hands. Had his left index finger amputated shortly after birth. A likable player with a blue-collar approach to the position. Has the size, temperament, and technique to contribute in the run game, but may need some time in a pro strength program in order to fill out his frame. Also offers some value as a receiver, but possibly as more of a number-two option.

TE Chris Herndon, Miami (FL)

6’4″ – 253 lbs. – 4.80e

Appeared in just three games as a freshman, then started three of thirteen games the following season and twelve of thirteen as a junior despite the presence of eventual first-round pick David Njoku. Enjoyed a highly productive senior campaign over eleven games before sustaining a season-ending MCL injury. More of a flex tight end who typically lines up split out in the slot; also projects as an “F” at the next level, as his game, skillset, and size are not very well-suited to a “Y” (inline) role. Played a lot of fullback as a junior. Pretty natural receiver who is smoother than he is fast. Gets fed the ball on a lot of shorter volume throws with the intention of getting it into his hands, namely digs, screens, and route combinations which free him up. Seems able to deal with chips near the line of scrimmage. Does a good job of settling into soft spots in zone coverage and providing his quarterback with a safety valve underneath. Looks natural catching the ball away from his frame, with soft, reliable hands. A good runner after the catch; no-nonsense player who will tuck the ball away, runs hard, and fights for extra yardage after contact with opponents. Wasn’t asked to challenge defenses down the field very often, and may not really have the speed to easily uncover in man coverage against athletic linebackers; also not very sudden or explosive when running routes. Has the size to potentially serve as an effective stalk blocker, but on tape looks disinterested, giving only perfunctory effort and rarely sustaining his blocks through the whistle. Can be more of a spectator on many running downs, and doesn’t appear to aggressively seek out opponents to block. Given that his typical usage was from the slot, wasn’t asked to play with his hand in the dirt and drive opponents off the line of scrimmage or stay back in pass protection on a regular basis, and those responsibilities may not be commensurate with his on-field temperament. However, has the anchor and length to make improvements if he is committed, and looked better as a lead blocker from the fullback position than as a tight end. A reliable receiving option who runs hard after the catch and who has been praised for his work ethic, but who can look lazy when blocking and running routes. Should be able to rotate into an offense as a safety valve underneath, but has a long way to go before becoming a more complete tight end.

TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota St.

6’5″ – 256 lbs. – 4.75e

Redshirted in 2013, then rotated into the offense the following year before taking over a starting role as a redshirt sophomore. Put together two straight seasons of over a thousand yards receiving to close out his career. Team captain. Well-built tight end who has average height and lines up all over the field: as an H-Back, as an inline tight end, in the slot, and outside. Very heavily integrated into his team’s passing game. May be at his most dangerous when he’s using his athleticism to challenge defenses down the seams or on intermediate patterns. Smooth accelerator who has the speed and suddenness out of his breaks to create separation at the intermediate level against opposing linebackers. Has impressive flexibility for a tight end in terms of dropping his hips going into his breaks. Also gets some manufactured production on tunnel screens and other short passes through congested areas near the line of scrimmage. Pretty natural receiver who made a focus drop during the games reviewed but generally looks comfortable plucking the ball away from his frame, with sound catching technique. Able to come down with contested catches or absorb hits in order to make a reception. Gets upfield quickly with the ball in his hands, with some ability to rack up yards after the catch; wasn’t a major threat to make defenders miss during the games reviewed, but is a no-nonsense player who doesn’t shy away from contact and is willing to get physical with defensive backs down the field. Physical, aggressive blocker who can handle different types of assignments, whether sealing the edge on an outside rushing attempt, executing cut blocks on angles, stalking opposing linebackers and defensive backs from the slot, or coming in motion to crack backside pursuers. Able to jolt defenders with his initial punch and does a good job of keeping his arms extended and his legs churning to generate push. Exhibits the ability to attack the outside shoulder, turn defenders away from the play, and create rushing lanes off-tackle. Rarely used as a pass protector. A versatile prospect who has the speed, flexibility, body control, and ball skills to make plays in the passing game, and the physicality and aggression to block in the run game. Small-school pedigree and lack of ideal height may affect his draft stock, but looks like a potential first-round prospect.

TE Dalton Schultz, Stanford

6’5″ – 244 lbs. – 4.75

Redshirted, then caught ten passes over fourteen games the following year, and twenty-three over thirteen games as a redshirt sophomore. Earned first-team all-conference honors this past year with a similar season, then declared for the draft. Tall tight end with good length but just adequate bulk. Was often used as a “Y” (inline) tight end at Stanford, with pro-style responsibilities; ran routes and blocked in both the run game and the passing game. Also took some snaps split out wide. Comes from a program which gave him extensive blocking opportunities in a pro-style offense, something which should smooth his learning curve at the pro level. Temperamentally-suited to mixing it up with opponents and exhibits sound fundamentals in terms of his stance, balance, and fundamentals. Works hard to sustain blocks through the whistle, although he doesn’t have a lot of functional strength to drive opposing defensive linemen off of their spots; more of a wall-off blocker with solid extension and grip strength. Also flashes the ability to lock on and turn defenders out of the hole as a run blocker. Has the length and lateral quickness to mirror in pass protection. Anchor is better than his bulk would indicate. Was also asked to come in motion and crack defenders, lead the way on screens, and set picks in the passing game; good facilitator for teammates. Does a good job of getting to the second level and engaging opponents. Athletic target who has the speed to challenge defenses down the seam and create mismatches in the passing game, although he wasn’t a particularly dynamic or high-volume receiving option at the college level; from a size standpoint, also poses difficulties for opponents. Has a little bit of shake in his routes and ran patterns to the short and intermediate levels in college. Length gives him a good catch radius, and he’s able to make catches away from his frame. Gets upfield quickly after catching the ball. However, lack of bulk allows opposing defenders to disrupt his routes and will need to do a better job of playing through chip blocks and physicality near the line of scrimmage. Tends to settle into coverage against zone, and could do a better job of holding onto throws through contact. An interesting prospect who was able to contribute in a variety of ways as a blocker at Stanford, and who has the athletic ability to offer something as a receiver as well. Will probably need to add some bulk and functional strength in order to better hold up against the bigger, more physical pro defenders he’ll encounter, but has starting traits.

TE DeAndre Goolsby, Florida

6’4″ – 240 lbs. – 4.70e

Has three seasons of modest production under his belt, with his junior campaign being the most productive. H-Back who rarely lines up in a three-point stance on the line of scrimmage; takes some snaps split out, but relatively fewer of them than some other players with his physical/athletic profile. Has an adequate combination of height and bulk for that role, but will probably be precluded from working as an inline option. Primary value at the pro level will be as a receiving option. Pretty smooth athlete who runs a lot of flare patterns out of the backfield but also has the speed to potentially work further downfield and challenge the seams against pro linebackers. More limited by his collegiate scheme and role than by any sort of athletic constraints. Has soft hands and can pluck the ball away from his frame and adjust to poor throws. Not one of the biggest targets in terms of height/length but has the leaping ability to go up high and get the ball. Doesn’t waste much time getting upfield and can make some defenders miss in one-on-one situations in the open field, but isn’t one of the most physical players with the ball in his hands. Often utilized in the blocking game and gives good effort in that capacity. Not retained much in pass protection, but had some diverse duties in the run game. Scrappy blocker who engages opponents high and works to sustain. Keeps his head on a swivel downfield and seeks out additional targets. Was asked to come in motion and lead the way, or crack down on opponents pursuing from the backside. Legs keep churning after contact. However, blocking contributions will likely be limited by his physical profile. Doesn’t generate much push despite his aggressiveness. Has some trouble sealing defenders inside on runs off-tackle. Could do a better job of getting the most of his length by fully extending his arms. Effort to sustain is better than ability to. Missed some time due to an undisclosed injury to begin his senior season. Will need to make a major adjustment to the pro level; comes from an SEC program, but played in a relatively simple offense with a narrow role in the passing game. Has more experience as a run blocker, but physical limitations may prevent him from making major contributions in that capacity at the pro level, and in any case would likely need to add strength and iron out some technical kinks in that area.

TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina*

6’4″ – 250 lbs. – 4.67

Started one of twelve games played as a freshman, then spent the past two seasons as a starter, being named a team captain in 2016. Overaged; will turn twenty-five at the beginning of next season after spending two seasons playing minor league baseball. Lines up all over the field: as a flex tight end, in the slot, as more of a receiver, and inline. Projects as more of a flex tight end/receiving specialist at the next level. Doesn’t play as big as his listed size but is a classic height-weight-speed prospect. Very fast for a tight end; wheels are his greatest asset as a player. Could develop into a threat running patterns down the seams and down the sidelines on wheel routes. Was able to blow past zone coverages and pick up chunks of yardage in college, with an extra gear to run away from defenders. Put together two years of impressive production catching the ball despite playing for a team with very poor play at quarterback; does a good job of adjusting to inaccurate passes away from his frame. Didn’t have a lot of nuance to his routes at the college level and will need to diversify his tree but flashes the ability to sink his hips and accelerate out of the route stem. Functional strength is lacking at this point; looks a little bit thin and can be disrupted by chip blocks and press coverage when releasing. Also carries the ball at times on speed sweeps from motion. Gives good effort as a blocker and has the range to reach defenders at the second level, but is a little bit narrow and sometimes struggles to square up opponents, get leverage, and extend his arms. Does a lot of crack blocks from motion and some limited pass protection. Was trusted enough to lead the way on outside rushing attempts on a fairly regular basis and has the potential to contribute as a blocker at the next level but is a little bit raw. Has clear athletic gifts, being one of the more explosive tight end prospects in recent memory, and the fact that he was able to put together two productive seasons despite poor quarterback play suggests he may have a future as a receiving option at the next level. Although he’s a little bit raw, especially for an older prospect, those traits seem likely to make him one of the first tight ends drafted.

TE Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

6’5″ – 256 lbs. – 4.67

Redshirted, then rotated heavily into the offense as a redshirt freshman, starting one of thirteen games and catching seven touchdowns. Started eleven of thirteen games played the following year and saw his production escalate, then reprised his starting role as a junior and enjoyed his most productive season before declaring for the draft. Has solid size for an inline tight end, but often lined up in the slot at the college level; took some snaps out of a three-point stance on rushing downs. Predominantly a receiving tight end with a finesse game, projecting as more of a flex tight end at the next level. Good footwork to release at the line against press coverage. Smooth athlete who does a good job of finding soft spots in coverage. Runs routes to all three levels of the field but most of his production comes at the short-to-intermediate level. Has some shake in his routes to generate separation against opposing defensive backs on whip routes, etc. Looks natural plucking the ball away from his frame, with a wide catch radius and soft hands. Has the body control to adjust to poor throws. Does a good job of using his body to shield defenders from the ball. Looks good with the ball in his hands, with the speed to gain yards after the catch and some elusiveness and power as well. Doesn’t offer a lot in terms of blocking. Will play out of a three-point stance when the team plays power football and flashes the ability to anchor against power and extend his arms to lock out opponents, but does not play with the physicality or aggression that teams look for; is a wall-off blocker rather than someone who can get low, drive their legs, and generate push. Does a lot of stalk blocking out of the slot, but effort is intermittent at best and can often be caught spectating. Very little attempt made to sustain blocks through the whistle and assert himself even against smaller cornerbacks. A productive receiver who has a smooth game and looks natural catching the ball, but whose lack of effort and physicality as a blocker make him a somewhat one-dimensional player. Looks likely to go in the second or third round on the basis of his polish and the potential mismatches he can create in the passing game as a versatile flex tight end.

TE Mike Gesicki, Penn St.

6’5” – 247 lbs. – 4.54

Worked into the offense in his first two seasons, then became a major contributor as a junior and reprised that role as a senior. Has good size and adequate bulk for the position. Lines up as an inline option, as an H-Back, and as more of a receiver. Much more fundamentally sound as a blocker than he is physically dominant. Was responsible for executing various different blocking assignments in both the run and pass games. Can slide his feet and get into position to successfully engage defenders. Does a good job of placing his hands inside and working to sustain. Athletic enough to get to the second level and stalk defenders in the run game. Good ability to stick with defenders down the field. However, doesn’t play with the power his size would indicate. Walls off defenders rather than getting underneath them and driving them off the line of scrimmage. Could use more glass in his diet; not a nasty player. Can be overwhelmed by power at the point of attack. Hands find their way outside against bigger opponents. In the passing game, often runs down the seams, occasionally working back to the quarterback or running whip routes toward the sidelines. Also fed the ball on tunnel screens. Can be a difficult matchup for opponents from a physical and athletic standpoint. Not overwhelmingly fast but exhibits some nuance in his route running. Works in head fakes and stutter-steps and changes speeds to lull defenders. However, has a tendency to settle into coverage underneath instead of working himself open. Very rarely separates cleanly from opponents, forcing throws into coverage or getting manufactured touches. Ball skills are the most impressive element of his game. Has soft, reliable hands. Does a good job of tracking and making adjustments to throws. Impressive body control for a player his size, with the ability to twist and come down with passes. Able to pluck the ball away from his frame. Gets upfield quickly after the catch and can pick up yardage in the screen game, although he is not a particularly powerful runner. Some teams may be turned off by his passive (soft?) style, but is a talented receiver with enough physical and athletic gifts to potentially develop into a starting flex tight end, but will need to improve his blocking and route-running in order to work his way up the depth chart.