Colby Fleener is #1 among NFL Draft prospects at TE. CineSport’s Noah Coslov & Sporting News’ Russ Lande discuss top TEs & how players like Rob Gronkowski changed the way the position is viewed.
Player Ht Wt School Proj. Rd
1. Coby Fleener 6-6 247 Stanford 1st
Comment: The league is trending toward athletic and fast tight ends. He ran the 40-yard dash in a 4.5 seconds at his Pro Day.
2. Dwayne Allen 6-3 255 Clemson 2nd
Comment: His 48 receptions for 577 yards and eight touchdowns last season were school single-season records for a tight end.
3. Orson Charles 6-2 251 Georgia 2nd
Comment: His DUI arrest on March 9 and slow 40-yard dash time (4.75 seconds) hurt his status, according analysts.
4. Ladarius Green 6-5 238 Louisiana-Lafayette 2nd/3rd
Comment: He needs to add some weight, but is athletic.
5. Michael Egnew 6-5 252 Missouri 3rd/4th
Comment: Made 26 starts and played in 51 games. Had 96 catches for 1,543 yards (16.1 yards per catch) and 18 touchdowns.
Falcons need: With future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez nearing the end of his career, the Falcons have heavily scouted the tight ends. They are intrigued with Green, who is raw but has the speed to stretch the field. The Falcons don’t have a pick in the fourth round so they may have to reach in the third round for a need position.
Others in need: Rams (6), Browns (22) and New York Giants (32).
Comment: “(The Falcons) would like to find someone, but the trouble this year is that there really isn’t a lot of depth at the tight end position. I’d be surprised if Coby Fleener is still around when they pick.”
–Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly draft analyst.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog