2020 NFL DRAFT: TIGHT ENDS
#30: Rashod Berry, Ohio State
#29: Jared Rice, Fresno State
#28: Nate Wieting, Iowa
#27: Noa Togiai, Oregon State
#26: Jack Freudenthal, Wake Forest
#25: Parker Houston, San Diego State
#24: Joey Magnifico, Memphis
#23: Farrod Green, Mississippi State
#22: Tyler Mabry, Maryland
#21: Ahmad Wagoner, Kentucky
#20: Dominick Wood-Anderson, Tennessee
#19: Eli Wolf, Georgia
#18: Stephen Sullivan, LSU
#17: Devin Asiasi, UCLA
#16: Sean McKeon, Michigan
#15: Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State
#14: Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
#13: Jacob Breeland, Oregon…. 26 – 405 – 15.6 – 6 touchdowns
#12: Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati…. 39 – 504 – 12.9 – 7 touchdowns
#11: Cheyenne O’Grady, Arkansas…. 33 – 372 – 11.3 – 3 touchdowns
#10: Albert Ogwuegbunam, Missouri…. 26 – 306 – 11.8 – 6 touchdowns
#9: Colby Parkinson, Stanford….. 48 – 589 – 12.3 – 1 touchdown
#8: Mitchell Wilcox, South Florida….. 20 – 350 – 12.5 – 5 touchdowns
#7: Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic….. 65 – 1004 – 15.4 – 7 touchdowns
#6: Thaddeus Moss, LSU….. 47 – 570 – 12.1 – 4 touchdowns
#5: Adam Trautman, Dayton…. 70 – 916 – 13.1 – 14 touchdowns
#4: Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt…. 20 – 233 – 11.7 – 2 touchdowns
#3: Brycen Hopkins, Purdue…. 61 – 830 – 13.6 – 7 touchdowns
#2: Hunter Bryant, Washington….. 52 – 825 – 15.9 – 3 touchdowns
#1: Cole Kmet, Notre Dame….. 43 – 515 – 12.0 – 6 touchdowns
TOP 10 PROFILES
#1: Cole Kmet
6’6” 255 pounds
Cole emerged as a top tight end last season after two unimpressive first two seasons. He is easily the positions most talented and complete tight end in this draft. He is a pure athlete who has fluid movement and the speed to threaten down the seams. His best trait is working the deep middle where he has shown excellent ball – tracking skills and the flexibility to adjust to off – target throws from the quarterback. He can work underneath if he has to and has the ability to gain yardage after the catch. His size will make him a natural talent in the red zone, something Notre Dame took full advantage of last season. He has the ability to hold his own as a blocker. The one knock on Kmet is his route running that must improve at the next level. Despite needing a little refinement he has the chance to develop into a legitimate NFL tight end.
#2: Hunter Bryant
6’3” 240 pounds
Bryant finally had a healthy season and was able to deliver the kind of season everyone expected. He is a dynamic athlete and is a little undersized as a tight end. He can line up as an H-Back or can flex out as a slot receiver. At times, he has lined up as a wideout. He has the ability to get separation with ease on both the short and intermediate routes. He has very good hands and is consistently taking the football away from defenders. He is very good after the catch and has the ability to gain yardage when breaking tackles. The high octane offense played Washington will help Bryant next season. He is not a great blocker. He has an impressive ceiling. If he stays healthy, he could be an important part of the passing game at the next level.
#3: Brycen Hopkins
6’5” 240 pounds
Hopkins had the reputation of being a long fluid athlete, but emerged as a top notch tight end last season. He works well over the middle in traffic and is capable of getting up the seam and threatening in the deep middle. He has excellent ball skills and body control to make the catch. He has the ability to leverage defenders and create separation in the short and intermediate levels. He has enough size and speed to be considered a wide receiver. Though not a great blocker he will compete against anyone. One area he must improve on is his lower – body power so he can hold his own. Hopkins is expected to make an immediate contribution with any NFL team.
#4: Jared Pinkney
6’4” 250 pounds
Pinkney is a tough, rock solid consistent tight end. He makes catches in heavy traffic and has the ability to leverage linebackers and safeties. He is always focused and has extremely strong hands. Pinkney has the ability to work deeper downfield because of his athleticism and his ability to create separation. As a blocker, he is very capable of holding his own in the NFL. He doesn’t have burner speed, but he is a nice blend of athleticism, physicality and competitiveness to be a nice addition as a two – way tight end in the right system.
#5: Adam Trautman
6’5” 250 pounds
Trautman is still learning the position after being a quarterback in high school. He has a bland of good size and athleticism and was lined up all over the field for Dayton last season. He has plenty of quickness that gives him the ability to separate and the toughness and ball skills to win in heavy traffic. Being a former basketball player, Trautman has excellent hands and rarely drops the football. He has enough speed to work the seam and be a threat down the deep middle. His lack of experience and playing at a lower level could have him a little bit behind. Adjusting as a blocker could be a challenge. All NFL teams are looking for a good tight end and Trautman has an excellent upside.
#6: Thaddeus Moss
6’3” 250 pounds
Moss comes from a good football pedigree with his father being legendary receiver Randy Moss. Thaddeus enjoyed a breakout season and was an integral part of LSU’s high – powered offense. He is the traditional two – way tight end with the strength to hold up in– line. Moss can fire off the line and win at the point of attack and is consistently beating linebackers at the second level. As he receiver, he knows how to use his frame over the middle and is a fluid mover. He may not be the most dynamic player on the field, but he could be a plus in the run game and is a solid complementary receiver.
#7: Harrison Bryant
6’5” 240 pounds
Bryant has a big frame with long arms and will present an enormous catch radius for an NFL quarterback. He can line up as a tight end or as a receiver and has deep – threat ability with good straight – line speed. He has a knack for tracking the football that will give linebackers and safeties fits. He is very competitive and has the speed to generate big plays. Like many tight ends, Bryant has some blocking issues. He could get overwhelmed by more athletic NFL athletes. He will also need to improve on his route running. If Bryant is willing to expand his game his potential is limitless. If not, he could be a bust at the next level.
#8: Mitchell Wilcox
6’5” 240 pounds
South Florida lined Wilcox up all over the field often using him as a big slot or a wideout. He is a natural receiver and is a fluid athlete. He has the ability to set up defenders and create separation during his routes. He works up the seam extremely well and consistently makes the difficult catch on bad throws. He can navigate the middle of the field and find the soft spots in zone coverage. Wilcox has excellent hands especially in traffic and is able to absorb contact when making the catch. Wilcox is another tight and who needs to be a better blocker at the next level. He doesn’t have excellent speed and isn’t necessarily great in gaining yardage after the catch. He might always be a one – dimensional player, but he has the athleticism and instincts to be an impact player at the next level.
#9: Colby Parkinson
6’6” 245 pounds
Parkinson played in a pro – style offense at Stanford, lining up as an H-back, wideout and as a big slot receiver. That makes him as NFL ready as any tight end in this draft. He was able to dominate last season lining up as a big slot receiver exploiting smaller safeties and linebackers. He has excellent length and outstanding hands. He has a good feel for running routes and makes excellent use of his frame in traffic. He will be a legitimate red zone threat with the ability to track the football with good timing in a jump ball situation. He competes as a blocker but did not dominate at the collegiate level. At 6’6” Parkinson has a tough time getting leverage with smaller blockers. He doesn’t have blazing speed.
#10: Albert Okwuegbunam
6’5” 250 pounds
Albert has a wide body who can move as a fluid wide receiver. He has the ability to do most of his damage up the seam because if he is concentration and coordination in traffic. He will go up and get it in any contested – catch situation. He has extremely strong hands and does a very good job in zone coverage finding the soft spots that makes it easier for the quarterback to make him a target. He is not a dynamic blocker. He will enter the NFL draft with some limitations as a receiver and blocker, but he is size and pass – catching ability will be a nice plus to any NFL offense.