These is my 2012 NFL Combine Stock Report for the tight ends. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2012 NFL Combine: Stock Report - Tight Ends
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
I hate putting a ton of emphasis on 40 times, but Dwayne Allen's 40 of 4.89 was borderline depressing. He also tied for the second-worst vertical leap of any tight end. Allen showed well in the drills, but his disappointing measureables will almost certainly knock him into the second round. I had him slotted to the Giants at No. 32 overall in my previous 2012 NFL Mock Draft update. He won't be there in my next version, which will be posted Tuesday evening.
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Everyone fell in love with Orson Charles' 35-rep bench press performance, and rightfully so. It was damn impressive. However, Charles was awful the following day. He opted not to run the 40 for some strange reason. After that, Charles didn't listen to instructions in one of the drills. He then forgot about one of the passers in the gauntlet. He also dropped multiple passes throughout the afternoon, which was not a surprise considering his tiny hand size (9 1/4).
Charles is a first-round physical talent, but he'll be a second-day selection because of his frustrating mental lapses and small size. Most tight ends need to be 6-3 or taller, but Charles measured in at 6-2. It's not a huge deal, but that, along with his hand size and concentration issues, will be enough to keep him from being drafted on Thursday.
Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Michael Egnew posted pretty measureables (4.62 40, 36-inch vertical), so that could move him up a couple of draft boards. He has bad tape to get past, however, and many teams will be wary of drafting another Missouri tight end; Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman haven't accomplished anything in the NFL despite being Day 2 prospects in recent years.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Coby Fleener didn't work out, yet his stock gets a boost because both Dwayne Allen and Orson Charles were both so disappointing. As it stands now, Fleener is the only first-round tight end prospect. It's worth noting that his 10-inch hands also help his draft cause.
James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma
James Hanna ran the quickest 40 of any tight end at the 2012 NFL Combine (4.49). He also had solid measurements of 6-4, 252, with 33 1/8-inch arms. He looked like a smooth athlete in the drills. He's now a third-day prospect with upside.
Deangelo Peterson, TE, LSU
Perhaps it's a result of his smallish hands (9 1/2), but Deangelo Peterson had numerous drops during Saturday's drills. He's a good blocker though, so he'll still be drafted on Day 3.
Evan Rodriguez, H-Back, Temple
Evan Rodriguez notched solid measureables (4.58 40, 36-inch vertical) and looked good during the drills Saturday. He's too small to be a tight end, but he can be a useful, pass-catching H-Back in an offense. He should come off the board in Rounds 4 or 5.
Davis is doing a very good job, for a young first year guy. The likelihood the Steelers use their 1st on Safety, with David & Mitchell locked-in as #1 & 2, is virtually zero. And, the Steelers took Leveon Bell in the 2nd Round & they aren't lookin' for a replacement anytime soon. It seems your predictions are driven more by desire to see certain guys fall to certain teams, rather than desire to actually get the predictions right. Realistically, apart from early picks at OLB or ILB, everything else would be a Depth-at-Position pick.