This is the 2013 NFL Combine Stock Report for the tight ends. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2013 NFL Combine: Stock Report - Tight Ends
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tyler Eifert outclassed Zach Ertz in every regard on Saturday's workout. He had a better 40 (4.68 to 4.76) and vertical (35.5 to 30.5). He was also slightly better in the drills, showing off his superior athleticism. He'll likely be the first tight end off the board.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
There's been plenty of negative buzz about Zach Ertz's arm size, which came in at 31 3/4 inches. Ertz will have issues blocking with short arms. Given that the race to be the No. 1 tight end off the board is so close, this could be the deciding factor.
Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas
Chris Gragg made a name for himself on Saturday. He ran a 4.44 unofficially with a 1.53 10-yard split, both of which were tops among all tight ends. Gragg also notched a very impressive 37.5-inch vertical. He doesn't play to this athleticism, but some team will take him in the middle rounds because of his potential.
D.C. Jefferson, TE, Rutgers
Tough break for D.C. Jefferson - he hoisted his third rep on the bench press when he tore a chest muscle. He was taken to the hospital. A brutal injury like this so close to April will likely knock Jefferson out of draft consideration.
Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Travis Kelce didn't work out Saturday, but he gets a stock down because of reports indicating that he has major character concerns. Pro Football Weekly reported that one NFL evaluator called Kelce a "trainwreck character-wise."
Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
Vance McDonald posted the third-most bench reps by a tight end dating back to 2006. He notched 31 reps Friday, with the next-closest tight end being Zach Ertz with 24. McDonald measured in at an impressive 6-4, 267 with 34 3/8-inch arms and 10 1/8-inch hands.
Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Jordan Reed checked in as the second-lightest tight end at the Combine, being bigger than only San Jose State's Ryan Otten. Reed measured in at 6-2 1/2, 236 pounds. His hand size was nice (10 inches) but his short frame could have him labeled as an H-back.
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