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Draft 2010 : Tight Ends Stock Holding Steady

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As the Ravens stand by their Draft philosophy of ‘best player available,’ they will focus on adding depth to the Tight End, Cornerback and Defensive line positions.  Now that the Combine and Pro Day’s have passed, there is more analysis of the prospects. That gives fans a better look at the projections of the players.  Many analysts have the Ravens selecting Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma in the first round of the Draft. 

TE Status for the Ravens

You know the story, after Todd Heap depth is a problem. The team resigned Edgar Jones, and then there is Chris Chester an offensive tackle who lines up as a TE to block.  Last year’s late round pick Devon Drew, is a developmental player. L.J. Smith, UFA, has not been resigned. Speaking of NFL Unrestricted Free Agents, this years Tight End pool is not spectacular. The Ravens do have options in the draft.

Today we’ll focus in on Tight Ends and see which players are moving up on the boards.  For the most part, the predictions of where these players were projected after they declared or entered the draft has held steady.  Like always, there are questions about players durability, skills and size.   

Check out below for the details.

Take a look and see the latest on these prospects:

Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma H 6-5, W 261

Stock: + Remains top prospect 

Projected Round: 1

Gresham is easily agreed to be the number one prospect by many sites and analysts.  Has held steady at this rating. The only question is his knee injury/surgery, which seems to have little bearing on his status now.  He should be able to contribute quickly to an NFL team. His projection will be late first round to early second.

College Football News has Gresham listed as a “franchise star” ranking.  http://cfn.scout.com

“Gresham worked out at OU’s official Pro Day earlier this month, but was among the four receivers Sam Bradford threw to on Monday. He looks to be fully recovered from the knee injury that cost him all of 2009. The Patriots are in the market for a pass-catching tight end after losing Ben Watson.”  www.rotoworld.com, referencing the Boston Globe

Ron Gronkowski, Univ. of Arizona   H 6-6 , W 258

Stock: Better after Pro Day.

Projected Round: 2-3

Gronkowski had back injury/surgery questions heading into the Combine.    There have been mixed reports on his back and rumors that teams have had reservations because of his back surgery and the long term effects. His recent Pro Day helped his stock to hold and not bring it down. 

“Gronkowski was finally able to work out for scouts Saturday, and his performance was eye-opening. He ran outdoors on grass in front of representatives from 15 teams. Bengals tight end coach Jonathan Hayes ran the position drills….. Gronkowski’s strong workout should give him a boost heading into the draft.” Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Aaron Hernandez, Florida    H 6-2, W 245

Stock: Rising

Projected Round: 2

Hernandez is an interesting prospect, he is a bit smaller at 6-2 and slimmer than the traditional TE. He has many teams interested in his play making ability.

“This was an important day for the junior coming out of Florida early. He missed the NFL Combine last month with a back injury so scouts were eager to see what he could do.

He ran the forty yard dash in under 4.6 seconds, which is pretty big. SB Nation’s draft blog, Mocking the Draft, had said it was raining in Gainesvillee which might have made for a slower surface. He also benched 225 pounds an impressive 30 times… He’s on track to be a second day pick.-”–www.sbnation.com

“Hernandez likely will be a second-round pick who should start early in his career and become a good receiving threat. He lacks ideal height as a red-zone target, but he will be better than expected as a blocker.”  —Russ Lande, www.sportingnews.com

“Florida’s Pro Day, Wed., March 17: Hernandez has cemented himself as one of the top three tight ends in April’s draft.—www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com

 

Anthony McCoy, USC  H 6-5, W 259

Stock: + Holding

Projected Round: 2-3

McCoy is a solid player and comes from a pro style offense in college (USC). I could see him fitting in well in Baltimore. A good blocker, which will a put rookie on the field quickly. Has the toughness and you read only good things about his work ethic.  If Ozzie Newsome goes defense in the first and second round, he might be able to pull a trade in the Draft and obtain a 3rd round pick. McCoy might be there for the Ravens.

“McCoy is a natural bender who keeps his base down through contact and generates good power as an inline guy, has the ability to handle defensive ends one-on-one at the next level and is also very smooth in pass protection and can hold his own off the edge. He’s one of the nation’s top dual blocking/receiving threats and looks like a guy who can walk in and make a positive contribution to an NFL offense as starting tight end.”—Nationalfootballpost.com

“Despite the lack of explosiveness, McCoy manages to be a reliable receiver who excels at making the tough catch in traffic. His career numbers show 46 catches for 731 yards and one touchdown. But he is more of an old school tight end with a blue-collar work ethic and toughness that shows up both as a blocker.” – Frank Cooney, USA TODAY/NFL Draft Scout

 

Dennis Pitta, BYU  H 6-4 W 245

Stock: Up

Projected Round: 2-3

Before the Combine, Pitta was not in any teams radar. With a great Combine and good Pro day, he’s solidified his spot.  Any player who can be under the radar and then bring himself into consideration as a 2nd or 3rd round pick has potential, his stock is up.

“BYU’s Dennis Pitta (6-foot-4 1/2, 245 pounds) is quietly having a very nice pre-draft workout season. The athletic tight end showed well at the Cougars’ pro day, just two weeks after an outstanding NFL Scouting Combine effort. He was a top performer at his position in the bench press, the vertical jump, the broad jump, the three-cone drill, the short shuttle and the long shuttle. Those combine numbers were good enough that he chose not to do any workout drills at his pro day, but scouts report that he did look very good in the position drills. Pitta has solid hands, but his blocking is still somewhat of a question mark.” – Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Ed Dickson, Oregon H6-5, W243

Stock: + Rising

Projected Round: 3

Seems like every site has him rated in the top 8. You can check out a video of his Pro Day: http://kezi.com/sports/165913

“Oregon Tight Ed, Ed Dickson put on quite the show for NFL Scouts at Oregon’s Pro Day. Dickson Improved on a lot of his times.”—KEZI.com

Dickson must be more aggressive to be a consistent blocker, and he must run sharper routes to create separation. He shows the versatility to be an effective blocker, and he can play fullback. Look for him to develop into a productive starter.”-—Russ Lande, www.sportingnews.com

 

Jimmy Graham, Miami        H 6-6, W 260

Stock: Has sneaked up on the draft boards.

Projected Round: 2

Played basketball and then switched to football in his college career. Graham is holding well for as second round pick.  More likely a 3rd, but that’s my opinion.

Tight end Jimmy Graham (6-6 3/8, 262) ran a 4.39 short shuttle and put up 15 reps on the bench press. One of this year’s more intriguing draft prospects, Graham opted to stand on the rest of his results from the combine.” Joe Fortenbaugh, www.nationalfootballpost.com

“Looked great in the positional drills at his Pro Day. He could be taken in Round 2.” –Walterfootball.com

Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburg  H 6-1 , W 220

Stock: Holding at mid-round status

Projected Round: 3-4

Smaller type TE, but athletic and versatile. Has steadily held his positioning on draft boards.

“One of the year’s most amazing workouts came from Pittsburgh TE Dorin Dickerson at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was a top performer for his position in just about every category (40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and short shuttle. With numbers like that, it should be no surprise that he stood on his combine numbers. He did re-run the short shuttle at Pittsburgh’s pro day and improved on his combine time of 4.30 seconds to 4.23 at the pro day. He also performed well in position drills. Twenty seven team representatives were on hand to watch Dickerson…..” – Gil Brandt, NFL.com

“Only one tight end, Dorrin Dickerson of Pittsburgh, was faster at the combine. His marks in the short shuttle (4.39), three cone (6.89) and vertical jump (35.5) were all impressive”.–sportsillustrated.cnn.com

 

Tony Moeaki, Iowa    H: 6-3. W 245

Stock: Holding at Mid-Round

Projected Round: 3-4

TE Tony Moeaki (6-3 1/8, 245), who performed for tight end coaches from Baltimore and Cincinnati, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.70 seconds, had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.46-second short shuttle, a 7.03 three-cone drill, 25 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds and looked really good in position drills. He could hear his name called sometime Friday, April 23 when rounds 2-3 unfold. – Gil Brandt, NFL.com

 

CURRENT TIGHT END RANKINGS FROM AROUND THE WEB

Draft Board Insider or DBI, ranks the Top Tight ends, cool site too.

www.draftboardinsider.com

1 – Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma

2- Aaron Hernandez , Florida

3- Rob Gronkowski, Arizona

4- Jimmy Graham, Miami

5- Dorian Dickerson, Pitt

6- Dennis Pita, BYU

 

CollegeFootballNews.com

Ranks Tight Ends in 2 categories.

 

FRANCHISE STARS

 

1. Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma

2. Rob Gronkowski,  Arizona (Jr.)

3. Garrett Graham, Wisconsin

4. Dennis Pitta, BYU

 

LIKELY STARTERS

 

5. Aaron Hernandez, Florida (Jr.)

6. Ed Dickson, Oregon

7. Anthony McCoy, USC

http://cfn.scout.com


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