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2008 Tight End Rankings

The top 2008 tight end prospects available for the 2008 NFL Draft. More will be added as time progresses. * - denotes underclassmen.

This page was last updated March 25, 2008.

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  1. Fred Davis, USC
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.68.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 33.
    Projected Round: 2.

    Fred Davis didn't run the 40 or do the vertical jump. He did the position drills, but dropped two of his first three passes. Davis also bobbled two balls in the gauntlet.

  2. Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 259.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.69.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical: 34.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Martellus Bennett didn't really stand out at the combine, but he may have benefited from John Carlson's poor 40 and Fred Davis' drops in the drills.

  3. Dustin Keller, Purdue
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 242.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.53.
    Benchx225: 26. Vertical: 41.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Remember how impressive Dustin Keller's 38-inch vertical was at the combine? Yeah, forget about that. Keller improved his vertical at his Pro Day, leaping 41 inches into the air. This guy's not human.

    Keller nearly touched the roof of the RCA Dome, notching a 38-inch vertical, and then blew everyone away with a 4.54 in the 40, nearly matching Greg Olsen's time of 4.51 in 2007. Keller then looked very fluid in the drills and even leaped a 10'11" broad jump.

    A bit small for a tight end, but Dustin Keller burst onto the scene to catch 56 passes for 771 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2006. Matched those numbers (61 receptions, 731 yards) as a senior.

  4. Brad Cottam, Tennessee
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.68.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.69.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 36.5.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Brad Cottam ran a really impressive 40 at his size and looked fluid in the drills.

    A monstrous tight end with decent size, Brad Cottam could be the best blocker at his position in this class.

  5. Jermichael Finley, Texas
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 243.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.82.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.66.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 27.5.
    Projected Round: 3.

    Jermichael Finley quelled all speed concerns with a 4.66 40 at Texas' Pro Day. Finley struggled in the 40 at the combine, but looked great in the gauntlet, perhaps offsetting his horrific sprint.

  6. Martin Rucker, Missouri
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 251.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.71.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 37.
    Projected Round: 3.

    Martin Rucker didn't run or do the drills. Needs to improve his 40 to move into the second round.

  7. Jacob Tamme, Kentucky
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.57.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical: 30.
    Projected Round: 3-4.

    Jacob Tamme ran a nice (but expected) 40, and made some great catches in the drills.

  8. John Carlson, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.89.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 30.5.
    Projected Round: 4.

    John Carlson's draft stock took a hit in the wake of his 4.89 40. I don't get why people liked Carlson in the first place. Every time I watched him I never came away thinking, "Wow, this guy is going to be a great tight end."

  9. Kellen Davis, Michigan State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 262.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.58.
    Benchx225: 22. Vertical: 34.
    Projected Round: 4.

    As Matt McGuire predicted, Kellen Davis was one of the star tight ends at the combine. The question remains whether he can play football.

    After a horrible junior campaign, Kellen Davis rebounded with 32 receptions, 513 yards and six touchdowns in 2007.

    Struggled with Drew Stanton under center. Caught just 12 passes. Not a good blocker.



  10. Gary Barnidge, Louisville
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.94.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.63.
    Benchx225: 22. Vertical: 31.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    I said Gary Barnidge needed to improve his 40. He did that, going from 4.94 to 4.63. Very impressive.

  11. Craig Stevens, California
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 254.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.62.
    Benchx225: 27. Vertical: 32.5.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    How does a blocking tight end run a 4.62? Crazy.

  12. Chris Hopkins, Toledo
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 273.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.78.
    Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 35.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Chris Hopkins could have it all; his 40 time complements his size well. He's productive (54 receptions, 565 yards, 7 touchdowns in 2006). And he has great character. Think Hopkins prospered because of his lacking competition? He recorded 13 receptions and three scores at Iowa State.

  13. Joe Jon Finley, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 254.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.86.
    Benchx225: 12.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Joe Jon Finley ran .16 seconds slower than projected at his Pro Day. Not a good showing.

    Did not work out at the combine.

    After a 19-catch 2006 campaign, Joe Jon Finley has seven receptions, 130 yards and a touchdown in five games.

  14. Kory Sperry, Colorado State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 260.
    40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Has great size and speed, Kory Sperry is stuck on a bad team. His production slipped in 2006; he registered 380 yards despite gaining 547 the year before.

  15. Joey Haynos, Maryland
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 269.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.90.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical: 30.5.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Joey Haynos has a nice frame, but his 40 is slow. He also struggled in the gauntlet, waddling all over the line.

  16. Tyson DeVree, Colorado
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 247.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.75.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 34.5.
    Projected Round: 6.





  17. Tom Santi, Virginia
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.76.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 36.
    Projected Round: 6.



  18. Kolo Kapanui, West Texas A&M
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 271.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.04.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 26.5.
    Projected Round: 7.



  19. Darrell Strong, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 268.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.95.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.79.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.76.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical: 34.5.
    Projected Round: 7.

    I'm not sure if Darrell Strong did enough at the combine to offset some of his character issues.

    Flipped off the middle finger at South Florida fans in a 22-12 loss. Not too productive and a bit slow.

  20. Adam Bishop, Nevada
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 243.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.93.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical: 27.
    Projected Round: 7.



  21. Louis Irizarry, Youngstown State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 255.
    40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round: FA.





  22. Derek Fine, Kansas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 251.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.84.
    Pro Day: 40 Time: 4.88.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 33.
    Projected Round: FA.



  23. Cole Bennett, Auburn
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.77.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 29.5.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Could be someone's blocking tight end at the next level.

  24. Brent Miller, Arizona State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 240.
    40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Older brother of Raiders tight end Zach Miller.

  25. Jonathan Stupar, Virginia
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 246.
    40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Caught only 15 passes in 2006.

  26. Tate Casey, Florida
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 235.
    40 Time: 4.87.
    Projected Round: FA.

    The most passes he's ever caught in a season is 10, but he's more of a blocking tight end.

  27. Eric Butler, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 255.
    40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Decent 40 time for his size. Needs work as a player; his 15 receptions as a freshman is a career high.

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