2020 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine TE Rankings

The 2020 NFL Draft season is in full peak. We have made it through the Senior Bowl and we are now fast approaching the Scouting Combine.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be releasing my Pre-Combine position rankings. No score is final because of the lack of athletic testing data. This data will come after combine and pro days are completed.

Today, we will look at the tight end position. I have watched tape on 25 TE prospects to this point. This TE group has talent but there are no bulletproof prospects.

OR PR NAME SCHOOL CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT TAPE PROD. TOTAL
33 1 Cole Kmet Notre Dame Jr 6’6 255 8.2 10 6.42
44 2 Adam Trautman Dayton Sr 6’5 251 8.1 10 6.36
60 3 Harrison Bryant Florida Atlantic Sr 6’4 242 7.93 10 6.258
78 4 Devin Asiasi UCLA Jr 6’3 260 7.8 10 6.18
82 5 Brycen Hopkins Purdue Sr 6’3 241 7.77 10 6.162
110 6 Hunter Bryant Washington Jr 6’2 244 7.6 10 6.06
132 7 Mitchell Wilcox South Florida Sr 6’4 236 7.47 10 5.982
161 8 Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri Jr 6’5 255 7.7 8 5.82
177 9 Jared Pinkney Vanderbilt Sr 6’4 254 7.6 8 5.76
178 10 Cheyenne O’ Grady Arkansas Sr 6’3 256 7.1 10 5.76
193 11 Josiah Deguara Cincinnati Sr 6’2 245 7 10 5.7
198 12 Thaddeus Moss LSU Jr 6’3 247 7.75 7 5.7
205 13 Kyle Markway South Carolina Sr 6’4 250 7.2 9 5.67
220 14 Colby Parkinson Stanford Jr 6’6 240 6.8 10 5.58
242 15 Charlie Taumoepeau Portland State Sr 6’2 244 6.6 10 5.46
264 16 Jared Rice Fresno State Sr 6’4 232 6.9 8 5.34
266 17 Joey Magnifico Memphis Sr 6’3 235 7.13 7 5.328
274 18 Stephen Sullivan LSU Sr 6’5 245 7.5 5 5.25
276 19 Jake Breeland Oregon Sr 6’5 248 6.7 8 5.22
299 20 Riley Stapleton James Madison Sr 6’5 218 6 10 5.1
300 21 Carlos Strickland UTSA Jr 6’4 230 6 10 5.1
305 22 Sean McKeon Michigan Sr 6’5 238 6.6 7 5.01
308 23 Nigel Kilby Southern Illinois Sr 6’7 250 6.55 7 4.98
312 24 Dalton Keene Virginia Tech Jr 6’4 240 6.5 7 4.95
321 25 Charlie Woerner Georgia Sr 6’4 245 6.77 5 4.812

TOP GUYS

I don’t believe there is a first-round talent amongst the TE class. I currently have Cole Kmet at TE1 by the slimmest of margins over Adam Trautman. Kmet is more pro-ready than Trautman on day one. However, after the combine, I anticipate Trautman will move ahead of Kmet. I just don’t think he is much of an athlete.

TEs I LIKE MORE THAN MOST

Devin Asiasi is a smooth route runner. He was highly productive for UCLA this season after transferring over from Michigan. Asiasi has good size and looks like a decent athlete. He should immediately earn playing time as a #2 TE as a rookie.

TEs I LIKE LESS THAN MOST

Albert Okwuegbunam doesn’t strike me as a tight end that will be able to separate or make plays consistently enough to be an NFL starter. Jared Pinkney came into the season as my top TE. He fell off the cliff during the 2019 campaign. Pinkney didn’t help himself with a subpar week in Mobile.

LATE ROUND PROSPECTS TO TAKE A FLIER ON

LSU TE Stephen Sullivan is the perfect late-round flier TE. He is more of a big WR than a TE. However, Sullivan is a tremendous route runner for his size and will be a core special teams player. Charlie Taumoepeau is too small to be a pure inline tight end. He can make an impact as an H-Back/Fullback in the NFL.

Next time out, we will look at the offensive tackles.

Pre-Combine Rankings: QBRBWR

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