Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma - Scouting Report
Height: 6-5. Weight: 259. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Combine 40 Time: 4.76. Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 35. Arm: 34 3/4. Projected Round (2010): 1-2. 9/12/09: Jermaine Gresham is out for the year to repair torn carilage in his right knee. Gresham could still be drafted late in the first round, but this goes to show that like Sam Bradford, Gresham made a grave mistake by not declaring early.
1/5/09: Back in October, Jermaine Gresham laughed at reporters who asked if he was planning on declaring early, citing that he wasn't "even close to ready for the NFL." Things may have changed since then, seeing as how Gresham finished the regular season with 58 receptions, 888 yards and 12 touchdowns.
10/26/08: Jermaine Gresham has 29 catches, 467 yards and seven touchdowns through eight games. If he declares early, he'll be the first tight end drafted. However, Gresham was quoted as saying that he doesn't even think he's close to ready to play in the NFL.
5/23/08: As a mere sophomore, Jermaine Gresham caught 37 passes for 518 yards and an amazing 11 touchdowns. If he keeps progressing, he should declare early to exploit the weakness of the 2009 tight end class. If Gresham enters the 2009 NFL Draft, he won't even be 21 when he's selected.
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona - Scouting Report
Height: 6-6. Weight: 258. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.65. Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 33.5. Arm: 34 1/4. Projected Round (2010): 2-3. 3/27/10: Despite rumors that said otherwise, Rob Gronkowski looked healthy at his Pro Day. The injury concerns are much less of a factor now.
1/15/10: Rob Gronkowski has declared for the 2010 NFL Draft. This is a big risk - if Gronkowski doesn't test out well after back surgery, he could fall. However, if doctors are convinced he's OK, he'll be chosen in the second round.
10/10/09: Out for the year with back surgery. Unlikely to declare.
2/8/09: Improved upon his impressive freshman campaign. Rob Gronkowski caught 47 balls for 672 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing three games with mono.
5/23/08: Despite not producing much the first four weeks of the season, Rob Gronkowski finished his freshman campaign with 28 catches, 525 yards and six touchdowns. Fourteen of those 28 catches came in the final three contests of the year.
Jimmy Graham, Miami
Height: 6-6. Weight: 262. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Combine 40 Time: 4.56. Benchx225: 15. Vertical: 38. Arm: 35. Projected Round (2010): 2-3. 3/28/10: Looked great in the positional drills at his Pro Day. He could be taken in Round 2.
2/28/10: Jimmy Graham didn't disappoint in the 40 (4.56) and definitely looked like a natural tight end in the drills. Some team will take a chance on him in Rounds 3-4.
1/21/10: A forward on the Miami basketball team, Jimmy Graham is a project but has a ton of upside and athleticism. He caught 17 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns in his only year playing football.
Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-1. Weight: 226. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Combine 40 Time: 4.40. Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 43. Arm: 34. Projected Round (2010): 3-4. 3/20/10: Dorin Dickerson didn't run at his Pro Day; he performed in the drills and looked very solid.
2/28/10: Mike Mayock gushed over Dorin Dickerson throughout the Saturday workouts, stating that Dickerson "can't drop below the second round." Dickerson is a 225-pound tight end, but he's a dynamic athlete (4.40 40, 43-inch vertical) and an underrated blocker. He'll probably be in the Round 3-4 range.
10/10/09: As Pittsburgh's goal-line back, Dorin Dickerson has six touchdowns on 20 carries through five games.
2/6/09: In his college career, Dorin Dickerson has played wide receiver, fullback, tight end and linebacker. They talked about having him as hot dog salesman, but that didn't pan out. Dickerson caught 13 balls for 174 yards and two touchdowns as a junior.
Aaron Hernandez, Florida - Scouting Report
Height: 6-3. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.58. Benchx225: 30. Vertical: 33. Arm: 32 1/4. Projected Round (2010): 3-4. 3/17/10: Ran about what I projected. What hurts Aaron Hernandez is his blocking.
2/26/10: Aaron Hernandez weighed in at 6-2, 245, but had an arm length of just 32 1/4 inches. Unlike Jermaine Gresham and Rob Gronkowski, Hernandez is not much of a blocker, and that arm length severely compromises his ability to become successful in that department.
1/6/10: Aaron Hernandez has declared for the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez had a monstrous year (68 catches, 850 yards, 5 TDs), and with Tim Tebow leaving, the time is right for Hernandez to move on as well.
2/8/09: Aaron Hernandez finished his sophomore campaign with 34 receptions, 381 yards and five touchdowns. He'll be the go-to tight end next year, and may choose to declare with Tim Tebow.
7/27/08: As a freshman, Aaron Hernandez caught nine passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a crowded Florida receiving corps. Keep in mind that six of those nine receptions came in the final three weeks of the season. Hernandez figures to dazzle at the combine with a very quick 40.
Anthony McCoy, USC
Height: 6-5. Weight: 259. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Combine 40 Time: 4.79. Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 35. Arm: 34. Projected Round (2010): 3-4. 1/21/10: Anthony McCoy played in only 10 games (was academically ineligible for the winter scrimmage), catching 22 passes for 457 yards and a touchdown.
11/7/09: Anthony McCoy has 16 receptions for 375 yards in seven games, giving him an amazing yards per reception of 23.4. That's not something you often see out of a tight end. If only his blocking were better.
10/10/09: Has only nine receptions through five games.
2/8/09: Anthony McCoy didn't dazzle anyone with his numbers, disappointing with 22 receptions, 256 yards and a touchdown.
7/27/08: Anthony McCoy hasn't seen much action because he backed up Fred Davis last year. But with Davis gone, the ultra-athletic McCoy should be able to begin where the current Washington Redskin left off.
Dennis Pitta, BYU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 245. Projected 40 Time: 4.66. Combine 40 Time: 4.63. Benchx225: 27. Vertical: 34. Arm: 32 1/4. Projected Round (2010): 4-5. 2/28/10: The big question with Dennis Pitta was his athleticism. That's no longer the case. Pitta looked great at the Combine, running an impressive 4.63 40.
1/21/10: Dennis Pitta Pit finished the season with 61 catches, 811 yards and eight touchdowns - much lower numbers than his 2008 totals.
1/5/09: Dennis Pitta debacled opposing defenses in 2008, registering 82 receptions, 1,072 yards and six scores. He had more yardage than any other tight end in Division 1-A.
10/26/08: A monstrous force for Max Hall, Dennis Pitta has caught 50 passes for 645 yards and four touchdowns this season. He's on pace to smash his impressive 2007 figures.
7/27/08: Despite missing one game and being limited in another, Dennis Pitta led BYU in receptions with 59. He also had 813 yards and five touchdowns, earning himself a spot on the All-Mountain West first team.
Ed Dickson, Oregon
Height: 6-4. Weight: 250. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Combine 40 Time: 4.67. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.61. Benchx225: 25. Vertical: 34. Arm: 33. Projected Round (2010): 4-5. 1/21/10: Ed Dickson's senior numbers pretty much matched the totals he accumulated in 2007 and 2008; he had 42 grabs for 551 yards and six touchdowns.
10/10/09: Ed Dickson has 22 catches for 309 yards and four touchdowns through five games.
1/5/09: Ed Dickson finished his junior campaign with 35 receptions, 508 yards and three touchdowns.
10/26/08: Despite the dropoff at quarterback, Ed Dickson's numbers haven't really decreased; in a three-game stretch this year, Dickson had 20 catches, 266 yards and two scores.
5/23/08: Ed Dickson was reliable target for Dennis Dixon, as he caught 43 passes for 453 yards and three scores in 2007.
Tony Moeaki, Iowa
Height: 6-3. Weight: 245. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Combine 40 Time: 4.69. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.68. Benchx225: 18. Vertical: 36.5. Arm: 33 1/4. Projected Round (2010): 4-5. 1/21/10: Tony Moeaki has a laundry list of past injuries; he finished his senior year with 30 catches for 387 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.
11/7/09: After missing three games, Tony Moeaki is a big part of this offense again. One of my favorite sleeper prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft.
9/12/09: Tony Moeaki has always shown promise, but has never been able to stay healthy. Moeaki opened up the 2009 season with 10 catches for 83 yards and a score, helping to lead Iowa in a comeback victory over fearsome Northern Iowa. If Moeaki can avoid injuries, he has a shot to be a mid-round pick.
2/8/09: Struggled with a leg injury and a concussion in 2008. This guy just can't stay healthy.
5/23/08: Tony Moeaki caught 14 passes, 170 yards and three touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season, but missed the remainder of the year with elbow and hand injuries.
Clay Harbor, Missouri State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 252. Projected 40 Time: 4.71. Combine 40 Time: 4.69. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.58. Benchx225: 30. Vertical: 40. Arm: 32 5/8. Projected Round (2010): 5-6. 3/25/10: Clay Harbor solidified his early- to mid-Day 3 status by running a 4.58 at Missouri State's Pro Day.
1/21/10: An H-back prospect, Clay Harbor notched 59 catches for 729 yards and four scores.
2/8/09: Thanks to 40 receptions and 457 yards, Clay Harbor was voted to the Division 1-AA All-America Second Team.
7/27/08: Clay Harbor was on the All-Division I-AA third team, as he caught 45 passes for 647 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore.
Garrett Graham, Wisconsin
Height: 6-3. Weight: 246. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Combine 40 Time: 4.73. Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 34. Arm: 32. Projected Round (2010): 5-6. 3/12/10: Weighed in three pounds heavier at his Pro Day than the Combine. Didn't run.
1/21/10: Garrett Graham finished the year with 51 receptions, 624 yards and seven scores.
10/10/09: Garrett Graham has 23 receptions for 268 yards and four touchdowns through five games for undefeated Wisconsin.
1/5/09: Despite missing two games, Garrett Graham finished with 40 receptions, 540 yards and five touchdowns. He's unlikely to declare early.
10/26/08: Garrett Graham is actually outgaining Travis Beckum this year; he has 24 catches, 330 yards and three touchdowns despite the fact that he missed some action with a foot injury.
5/23/08: Garrett Graham fared well as Wisconsin's No. 2 tight end, compiling 30 receptions, 328 yards and four touchdowns. Something needs to be done with his 40.
Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
Height: 6-4. Weight: 263. Projected 40 Time: 4.73. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.77. Benchx225: 25. Vertical: 32.5. Arm: 33. Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 1/21/10: Michael Hooma had 10 grabs for 114 yards in eight games.
2/8/09: Ugh. I can't even pronounce Peria Jerry, and they're giving me this guy? I'm going to call this person Michael Hooma from now until he retires from the NFL. Hooma had 25 receptions, 312 yards and two touchdowns in 2008.
Nate Byham, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-4. Weight: 264. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Combine 40 Time: 4.97. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.83. Benchx225: . Vertical: . Arm: 33 1/2. Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 1/21/10: A blocking tight end, so Josh McDaniels could be interested in the second round.
2/8/09: A good all-around tight end who can block well and make plays downfield. Nate Byham finished with 20 receptions, 260 yards and a touchdown.
Scott Sicko, New Hampshire
Height: 6-5. Weight: 251. Projected 40 Time: 4.67. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.53. Benchx225: 22. Vertical: 35. Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 3/14/10: Scott Sicko had a great Pro Day, running a 4.53 at 251 pounds (he was listed in the 240s during the year). He also had a 35-inch vertical.
1/21/10: A Division 1-AA All-America second-teamer, Scott Sicko had 57 catches for 725 yards and nine touchdowns.
2/8/09: Qualified for the Division 1-AA All-America First Team with 50 receptions, 660 yards and seven touchdowns.
7/27/08: One of the best tight ends in 1-AA, Scott Sicko had 51 receptions, 619 yards and six touchdowns in 2007. A solid 40 may get him into the first four rounds. Sicko's level of competition is obviously an issue, so he also needs to maintain or improve upon his production.
Colin Peek, Alabama
Height: 6-5. Weight: 252. Projected 40 Time: 4.79. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.93. Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 34.5. Arm: 34. Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 3/10/10: Ran a 4.93 at his Pro Day. Not good.
1/21/10: Colin Peek had 26 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.
10/10/09: Through five games, Colin Peek has 14 receptions for 160 yards.
5/14/09: A transfer from Georgia Tech, Colin Peek caught 25 passes for 248 yards and a score in 2007. The tenacious blocker sat out the 2008 campaign.
Andrew Quarless, Penn State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 254. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Combine 40 Time: 4.69. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.59. Benchx225: 23. Vertical: . Arm: 34. Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 2/28/10: Andrew Quarless had a solid 40 (4.69), but dropped numerous balls in the drills and generally looked sloppy. Quarless has a laundry list of off-the-field issues, so a weak Combine is not what he needed.
1/21/10: Andrew Quarless had a very impression senior campaign, catching 41 balls for 536 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, he hasn't gotten into trouble in a long time.
10/10/09: It looks like Andrew Quarless has finally gotten his act together; through five games, he has 16 receptions for 153 yards. Even better, he hasn't been suspended in a while.
1/5/09: A first-round talent with a seventh-round attitude. Whoever drafts Andrew Quarless will have to deal with a major headache. Quarless had 11 catches, 117 yards and a touchdown in 2008.
5/23/08: Andrew Quarless is just as talented as any tight end on this list, but he has major character issues. He slacks in practice and it seems like he gets suspended every other week. When will he grow up and stop acting like a spoiled 4-year-old? If Quarless had decent character traits, he'd top this list easily.
Richard Dickson, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 245. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Combine 40 Time: . Benchx225: . Vertical: . Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 1/21/10: Richard Dickson had a down senior year, catching just 21 balls for 157 yards.
2/6/09: Richard Dickson's not a crook; he's an effective player who caught 31 balls for 324 yards and five touchdowns. He didn't log a single carry.
5/26/08: Richard Dickson (no, not our ex-president) played a vital role in the passing game, catching 32 balls for 375 yards and five scores.
Dennis Morris, Louisiana Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 265. Projected 40 Time: 4.67. Combine 40 Time: . Benchx225: . Vertical: . Broad: . Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 2/28/10: Height is an issue, but Dennis Morris caught 38 balls for 623 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2009.
Fendi Onobun, Houston
Height: 6-6. Weight: 252. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.45. Benchx225: 16. Vertical: 37.5. Arm: 34 1/8. Projected Round (2010): 6-FA. 3/31/10: Fendi Onobun has no experience playing football; he caught two passes last year. He played on Arizona's basketball team for four years. But his Pro Day numbers were off the charts. Some team may take a late-round flier on him simply based on his potential.
Jameson Konz, Kent State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 234. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.41. Benchx225: . Vertical: 46. Broad: 10-8. Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 3/17/10: Amazing measurables, but limited production (21 catches) and a small frame for a tight end.
Jason Harmon, Florida Atlantic
Height: 6-2. Weight: 214. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.62. Benchx225: 12. Vertical: 34.5. Broad: 10. Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 3/8/10: I was already worried about Jason Harmon's size - and now he measured an inch shorter and a pound lighter than initially reported at his Pro Day.
2/28/10: Size hurts, but the production is there: 48 catches, 649 yards, six touchdowns in 2009.
Nathan Overbay, Eastern Washington
Height: 6-5. Weight: 259. Projected 40 Time: 4.90. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.74. Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 28.5. Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: Nephew of Toronto Blue Jays player Lyle Overbay, Nathan caught 51 passes for 588 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.
Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 253. Projected 40 Time: 4.88. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: 13. Vertical: 32.5. Arm: 33 1/2. Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 4/2/10: Couldn't run the 40 at his Pro Day because of foot surgery. Was able to do the vertical, broad jump and bench press though.
1/21/10: Had just 21 receptions for 233 yards as a senior.
2/8/09: Jeron Mastrud continues to put up solid numbers - 38 receptions, 435 yards, two touchdowns.
7/27/08: Jeron Mastrud put up solid numbers as a sophomore (30 catches, 316 yards), but his 40 is an abomination.
Mickey Shuler, Penn State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 251. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.69. Benchx225: 28. Vertical: 37. Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: Finished his senior year with 11 catches. Contributed mostly with blocking.
2/8/09: An elite blocking tight end, Mickey Shuler chipped in with nine receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown in 2008.
7/27/08: Mickey Shuler caught just seven passes in 2007, but he happens to be one of the top blocking tight ends in the 2010 class.
Greg Boone, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 283. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Combine 40 Time: . Benchx225: . Vertical: . Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: More of an offensive tackle than a tight end, Greg Boone had just seven receptions but was an All-ACC second-teamer.
10/10/09: A solid blocker who has four receptions in five games.
Jim Dray, Stanford
Height: 6-5. Weight: 251. Projected 40 Time: 4.81. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.82. Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 34. Arm: 33. Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: A Combine invite, Jim Dray logged 11 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.
Dedrick Epps, Miami
Height: 6-4. Weight: 246. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.70. Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 33. Arm: 33 1/9. Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: Had just 19 catches for 247 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. Mostly a blocker.
10/10/09: Through four games, Dedrick Epps has 10 catches for 134 yards and two scores.
2/8/09: In addition to his solid blocking, Dedrick Epps had 22 receptions, 304 yards and two touchdowns in 2008.
7/27/08: Dedrick Epps has just eight receptions in his collegiate career, but he's a pretty solid blocker.
Cody Slate, Marshall
Height: 6-4. Weight: 227. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Combine 40 Time: . Benchx225: . Vertical: . Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: Was having a solid senior year (50 catches, 607 yards, 4 TDs) until suffering a knee injury and missing the final few games of the season.
2/8/09: An All-Conference USA honorable mention, Cody Slate caught 40 passes for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. He'll be an H-back.
5/23/08: In the same boat as Travis Beckum - Cody Slate puts up great numbers, but is small and will have to be an H-back at the next level. Slate had 66 receptions, 818 yards and five touchdowns in 2007.
2007: As a freshman, Cody Slate led Marshall in receptions (43), receiving yards (684) and aerial touchdowns (6). Slate's way too small right now, but he has
two or three years to put on at least 20 pounds.
Caz Piurowski, State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 271. Projected 40 Time: 4.86. Combine 40 Time: . Benchx225: . Vertical: . Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: Suffered a knee injury and won't be able to work out at the Combine.
10/10/09: A very good blocker, Caz Piurowski is pitching in with the passing game this year, catching 13 balls for 182 yards and two touchdowns through five games.
Ryan Moya, UCLA
Height: 6-3. Weight: 238. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.65. Benchx225: . Vertical: . Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: Only 18 catches for 189 yards as a senior.
2/8/09: Stepping in for an injured Logan Paulsen, Ryan Moya finished his junior campaign with 38 receptions, 364 yards and three touchdowns. He qualified for the All-Pac 10 Second Team.
Jeff Cottam, Tennessee
Height: 6-6. Weight: 262. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.78. Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 32. Arm: . Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 1/21/10: Like his brother Brad, a blocker mostly. Had just three receptions as a senior.
2/8/09: Missed all of 2008 with a back injury. Jeff Cottam's brother, Brad, plays for the Chiefs.
Walter your inability to bet the Patriots all year with Brady on the team is inexplicable. Yes, since Brady came back from suspension, you bet the Patriots 0 times, even though they covered as decent and often huge favorites. Why? Why are you more afraid than Goodell is to show up at Foxborough to bet on a great team to beat inferior oponents by a large margin? You lost out on a lot of money. As for the Patriots defense who will be "overwhelmed" by Pittsburgh hahaha, the Patriots defense has stepped up when it needed to. Logan Ryan who is not even the best DB let alone CB on the team just had a dominant game covering one of the best wide receivers in the league. And you're going to say that Brady can't go stride for stride against Big Ben who, with his 0 TD performance last Sunday, once again proved that he has turned into an awful road playoff QB? You know what 0 TDs will win you in the AFC Championship game? I don't believe that betting on Pitt getting 6 points is a bad decision - seeing as I may do the same. But to predict the Patriots to straight up lose is laughable. The advantage they have on defense and coaching is pretty big and they may even be even offensively solely because Brady has been using Edelman more and more and Dion Lewis's return has shown to be very important.