This is the 2016 NFL Combine Field Drills Recap for the tight ends. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2016 NFL Combine: Field Drills Recap - Tight Ends By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
As a point of reference, the average for the tight ends was 4.78 seconds in the 40 yard dash three years ago. The following year, the average was 4.76. This group confirmed the pre-existing thought that this year has a weak tight end class.
The consensus top tight end prospect is Arkansas' Hunter Henry, who declined to run the 40-yard dash at the Combine. It was disappointing that Henry didn't run or do the other jump measurements, but Henry did take part in the field work. However, based on how he performed there, he should have declined to do that as well. He had a poor workout as a blocker and receiver. On numerous plays, he wasn't running the routes correctly around the cones. It seemed like Henry was disinterested and didn't want to be there. Sources said they felt Henry's workout was poor as well. Overall, Henry didn't perform well at the Combine, but it probably enough to maintain his status as the top tight end prospect.
Stanford tight end Austin Hooper had a good workout in both phases. He did well as a drive blocker and receiver. Hooper did have one drop in the gauntlet, but he made a nice over-the-shoulder catch. Overall, the 6-foot-3, 254-pounder ran good routes and showed soft hands. It was a strong workout for Hooper, and team sources said that he interviewed well. With Henry not performing well, Hooper had great timing for an impressive Combine.
The fastest time for any tight end came from South Carolina's Jerell Adams. His unofficial 40-time of 4.64 seconds was very impressive. The 6-foot-5, 247-pounder has real speed for a tight end of his size. Adams had a mixed performance in the field work. He had one ugly drop on an over-the-shoulder catch running down the middle seam. He did better on some other routes. At the Combine, Adams helped himself just based off his 40 alone, and in a weak tight end class, he is the favorite to be the third selected.
UTSA tight end David Morgan ran slow in the 40-yard dash with an unofficial time of 5.02 seconds, but he did very well in the field drills. He showed his strength as a drive blocker, and Morgan (6-4, 262) ran some nice routes with good hands catches. Morgan opened some eyes to get consideration as a blocking Y tight end on the third day of the draft.
There were a lot of tight ends that didn't run the 40-yard dash. That group included Henry, Florida's Jack McGee, Virginia Tech's Ryan Malleck, Cal's Stpehen Anderson, Western Kentucky's Tyler Higbee, and Ohio State's Nick Vannett.