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.
|33||1||Cole Kmet||Notre Dame||Jr||6’6||255||8.2||10||6.42|
|60||3||Harrison Bryant||Florida Atlantic||Sr||6’4||242||7.93||10||6.258|
|132||7||Mitchell Wilcox||South Florida||Sr||6’4||236||7.47||10||5.982|
|178||10||Cheyenne O’ Grady||Arkansas||Sr||6’3||256||7.1||10||5.76|
|205||13||Kyle Markway||South Carolina||Sr||6’4||250||7.2||9||5.67|
|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|
|299||20||Riley Stapleton||James Madison||Sr||6’5||218||6||10||5.1|
|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|
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.