This is the 2016 NFL Combine Weigh-In Analysis for the tight ends. Follow @walterfootball for updates.
2016 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Analysis - Tight Ends By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
For a point of comparison, here are some of the measurements of other recent tight end prospects:
Maxx Williams: 6-foot-4, 249 pounds.
Clive Walford: 6-foot-4, 251 pounds.
Eric Ebron: 6-foot-4, 250 pounds.
The consensus top tight end prospect in the draft is Arkansas' Hunter Henry. Henry checked in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds with 32 3/4-inch arms and 9 1/4-inch hands. Those are all solid numbers, except for his hands. Henry tied Cal's Stephen Anderson for the smallest hands of any tight end in Indianapolis. Even though Henry has small hands, it shouldn't change his status as the top player at his position and a potential late first-rounder.
Stanford tight end Austin Hooper is the consensus second-rated tight end in a weak class at the position. Hooper (6-4, 254) had the largest hands of any tight end with 10 5/8-inch mitts. His arm length of 33 3/4 was also longer than Henry's 32 3/4. Those solid numbers should help Hooper.
South Carolina's Jerell Adams is the favorite to be the third tight end off the board. He checked in at 6-foot-5, 247 pounds with 9 3/4-inch hands. Adams had the second-longest arm length at 34 3/8 inches. Adams needs a strong Combine to help his second-day hopes.
Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett struggled at the Senior Bowl with dropped passes and not generating separation. It illustrated that Vannett is a fit as a blocking Y tight end in the NFL. The measurements that Vannett (6-6, 257) had with 10-inch hands and 34 1/2-inch arms comply with that role as a pro.
East Carolina tight end Bryce Williams (6-6, 257) also has the body type of a blocking tight end. He had 33 5/8-inch arms and 9 5/8-inch hands. Williams is a sleeper tight end to watch closely in the field work.
UCLA's Thomas Duarte played wide receiver for the Bruins, but the Combine has his NFL position at tight end. That could make Duarte a Jordan Reed-type player. If Duarte (6-2, 231) does stick at tight end, he'll need to add some weight to his frame. Duarte had 10-inch hands and arm length of 33 inches. It will be interesting to see if he can add some weight leading up to his pro-day and pre-draft workouts.
It seems a bit odd that Duarte is listed as a conversion to tight end, but Stanford wide receiver Devon Cajuste is not. In speaking with sources, they feel that a receiving tight end could be the best route for Cajuste to stick in the NFL. Cajuste (6-4, 234) has 33-inch arms with 10 3/4-inch hands. Like Duarte, Cajuste's body type and skill set could be more dangerous as a tight end.