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2014 Pre-Draft Rookie Tight End Rankings

2014 Pre-Draft Rookie Tight End Rankings

Ebron, Amaro & ASJ lead the way
By: Pete Davidson : May 08, 2014 5:32pm

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Here’s a pre-draft look at this year’s tight end class. This our top 12, but we will add some more sleeper candidates in our day three “best of the rest” article.  We're a fantasy outlet, so we are focusing more on fantasy potential than anything else.

This year’s tight end class is solid at best and we see no locks for big production as we’ve seen in the past. There are no Grahams or Gronks to select, but there are some solid options. From a fantasy perspective, we hope they find good fits, but we’ll get into that next week in our post-draft rookie rankings.

Click on the player's name (the underlined ones) to go to his full scouting report.

Rank PLAYER College Height Weight 40 time THE SKINNY
1 Eric Ebron North Carolina 6’4” 250 4.60 The big dog for sure because he has some much upside. He should be gone early tonight. Check out his full report.
2 Jace Amaro Texas Tech 6’5” 265 4.74 We’ve watched a ton of tape on Amaro and he holds up very well to repeated exposure. He should be gone some time tonight or early on day two. Nice fantasy potential due to hands and routes.
3 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington 6’5” 262 -- Check the full report for our take, but he’s up high because he’s got fantasy upside. He’s a potentially devastating red zone weapon.
4 CJ Fiedorowicz Iowa 6’5” 265 4.76 A very solid 2-way TE in the Heath Miller mold. We like him a lot.
5 Troy Niklas Notre Dame 6’6” 270 -- Needs to refine his game but should go on day two due to his freakish size and strength.
6 Blake Annen Cincinnati 6’4” 247 4.41 He’s our favorite sleeper at the position. He may be a bit of a project, but he has the potential to develop into a joker tight end in time, and he’s a good blocker both in-line and in space.
7 Colt Lyerla Oregon 6’4” 242 4.61 This kid is a freak ... both athletically and in general. Betting on him is a leap of faith, but it may have merit if he gets taken high enough. My guess is that he goes on day three if at all. Still, he is a name to know in dynasty leagues especially.
8 Jake Murphy Utah 6’4” 249 4.79 Could develop into a decent receiving option. Has a nice hands a good all-around skills. Size is the question.
9 Arthur Lynch Georgia 6’5” 258 4.82 A big kid who has decent hands. Could be productive in the right system.
10 Joe Don Duncan Dixie St 6’3” 268 -- Strong guy with good hands, but played against suspect competition. He has some ability and is worth monitoring.