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2018 Draft Prospects – Tight Ends

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp7NQsW6wQMIn my last article, I talked about the status of the current Baltimore Ravens tight ends: Benjamin Watson, Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore, Vince Mayle, and Darren Waller.

In this article, I will talk about a few of the top ranking 2018 tight end draft prospects.

Mark Andrews

Andrews decided to forego his senior year to enter the draft early as a red-shirt junior out of Oklahoma. He played both wide receiver and tight end in college. He was the recipient of the 2017 John Mackey Award, given annually to the top college tight ends. He was also received 2017 Consensus All-American honors.

Andrews played 12 games in 2016 as wide receiver recording 31 receptions for 489 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2017 as tight end, he played 14 games and recorded 62 receptions for 958 yards with eight touchdowns, averaging 15.5 yards per carry.

Standing at 6’5″ and weighing around 254 pounds, he was considered a real red-zone threat while playing with the Sooners. He is expected to go in the first round in the draft

 

Dallas Goedert

This huge TE prospect hails out of South Dakota State. He stands at 6’4″, 260 pounds with 10 1/8″ hands. With that size, he probably will be larger that his defensive backs, which gives him a huge advantage. He played basketball in high school which allows him to have good hands and body control. He could very easily make a difficult catch over the head of a smaller defensive back. He has been called the NFL’s next mismatch weapon by Pro Football Focus.

He is a two-time FCS All-American winner, recording 92 receptions for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 and in 2017 he recorded 72 receptions for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been compared to Zach Ertz, who by the way just helped his team win a Super Bowl, and is projected to go in the second or third round of the draft.

 

Mike Gesicki

This prospect out of Penn St. holds the school record for the most receptions (42) by a tight end in Penn St. history. He also holds the school record of having the most touchdown catches in a single season by a tight end with seven. He has won several honors such as the 2017 Midseason All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honors.

He has also been compared to Zach Ertz and may become another NFL mismatch. He recorded 48 receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns in 2016 and in 2017 he recorded 57 receptions for 563 yards and nine touchdowns. With his leaping ability, sheer size and quickness, he could become another dangerous red-zone weapon. He has been projected to go in Rounds 3 or 4 by WalterFootball.com.

 

Troy Fumagalli

This senior out of Wisconsin has a missing left index finger due to a congenital condition called Amniotic Banding Syndrome. It is when an unborn baby gets entangled in fibrous string-like amniotic bands in the womb which restrict blood flow and affects the fetus’ development. It does not appear to have affected his abilities on the football field. In 2016, he received All-Big 10 second team honors.

He has shown that he is very competitive, a good route runner with good hands and a good blocker. In 2016, he recorded 47 receptions for 580 yards and two touchdowns and in 2017 he recorded 46 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns. He has been projected to go in rounds 3 – 5 by WalterFootball.com.

 

Hayden Hurst

This 24-year old out of South Carolina started his athletic career out of high school as a professional baseball player in 2012 in the minor leagues with the Pittsburg Pirates as a pitcher. He played two seasons before he walked onto the football field in 2015 as a true freshman. In 2016 as a sophomore, he set school records in receptions with 48 and yards with 616 yards and one touchdown. In 2017, he earned first-team All-SEC honors recording 44 receptions for 559 yards and two touchdowns.

WalterFootball.com says he has “dangerous run after the catch skills.” He is considered a good route runner, excelling on vertical routes and a good blocker with reliable hands. They have him projected to go in Rounds 1 or 2.

What the Ravens are lacking is a pass-catching tight end with good route running skills. Any one of these players could compliment the team. Goedert is clearly my favorite. With his size and comparison to Zach Ertz, he would be an easy target for Flacco.

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