Pre-Senior Bowl TE Rankings 2018 NFL Draft
The NFL Playoffs are in full swing and the college football season has officially ended—that means it is NFL Draft time here at MFST. Over the next four months we will be diving into rankings, mock drafts, profiles and scouting reports on all of the eligible draft prospects. Here are our quarterback rankings before the Senior Bowl at the end of the month. As it always is during the time leading up to the NFL Draft, these rankings can and will change often.
TE Rankings 2018 NFL Draft
1. Dallas Goedert-South Dakota State
- Goedert has the type of athleticism, size and production that’s hard to overlook. Like all small-schoolers, a big week at the Senior Bowl and then at the combine could boost him over some of the more well-known tight ends.
2. Mark Andrews-Oklahoma
- Probably the most well-known tight end in this class, Andrews is the most NFL-ready prospect but his ceiling is limited.
3. Troy Fumagalli-Wisconsin
- Some scouts have called Fumagalli the next ‘Gronk’. I wouldn’t go that far, but he wasn’t used enough in the Badgers offense and an NFL team can see his potential.
4. Hayden Hurst-South Carolina
- Hurst is rising draft boards and if he has a solid combine/pro day he could continue to see his stock rise.
5. Jaylen Samuels-NC State
- Samuels is small for a tight end, only 5’11 and he plays outside and in the slot more than a traditional in-line blocking tight end. It will be interesting to see how teams use him.
6. Adam Breneman-UMass
- Breneman impressed as a receiving tight end during the past two seasons. The senior produced 64 catches for 764 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. He had 70 receptions for 808 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Breneman has good size to him, and he could rise into the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
7. Mike Gesicki- Penn State
- I look at Gesicki as a traditional tight end who excels in the blocking game but can be utilized in the receiving game as well. He totaled 51 receptions for 501 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
8. Tyler Conklin-Central Michigan
- Conklin was a steady contributor as a receiver the past two seasons. He hauled in 35 receptions for 504 yards and five touchdowns in 2017 after posting 42 catches for 560 yards and six scores as a junior. He has been invited to the Senior Bowl to impress even more scouts.
9. Chris Herndon IV-Miami(FL)
- As a senior, Herndon has 40 catches for 477 yards with four touchdowns. He has played in a lot of two tight end sets over the past few seasons. Herndon has been a favorite of the Hurricanes coaching staff, and even though they had a more talented player in David Njoku in 2016, they still gave Herndon plenty of playing time.