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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Tight Ends

The top 2015 tight end prospects available for the 2015 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2016 prospect. ** - denotes 2017 prospect.

This page was last updated Jan. 10, 2015. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Maxx Williams**, TE, Minnesota
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    1/10/15: Not many redshirt sophomores declare for the draft, but Williams made a wise decision to do so as he is the favorite to be the first tight end selected. He has good size, natural receiving skills, and athleticism, and is fast. Williams also has some blocking potential. He recorded 36 passes for 569 yards with eight touchdowns during the regular season. He was capable of a lot more production for the Gophers, as he is a real mismatch weapon, but they had a run-based offense.

    Williams only started seven games in 2013, but he still led the team in receiving with 417 yards on 25 receptions and five touchdowns.

    Personal: Son of Brian and Rochele Williams. His father played for the New York Giants, and his grandfather Robert played quarterback at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Chicago Bears. Rochele played volleyball at the University of Minnesota.

  2. Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 247.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    1/10/15: The senior totaled 48 receptions for 618 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. He was huge for the Seminoles in their narrow win over Clemson (6-77). Sources told that with the weak tight end class they expect a team to reach on O'Leary sooner than where he should be drafted. He accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl.

    8/27/14: Throughout 2013, O'Leary was a good weapon for the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston. O'Leary had 33 receptions for 557 yards and seven touchdowns for the year. He was superb in the first game of the season with three catches for 47 yards with three touchdowns against Pittsburgh. In the game that propelled the Seminoles to the National Championship, O'Leary dominated Clemson with five receptions for 161 yards.

    O'Leary made clutch catches for Winston all year. O'Leary is undersized, but he could be a move tight end and play some h-back in the NFL. O'Leary is a mismatch receiver, but is somewhat under-utilized because Florida State spreads the ball around so much. For the NFL, he'll need to add weight and improve his blocking. His game is similar to former Colt Dallas Clark. With Florida State having an inexperienced receiving corps, O'Leary could see a lot of targets in 2014.

    O'Leary would flash on occasion for the Seminoles in 2012. He totaled 21 receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns for the season, but he played better than the numbers indicate. O'Leary worked his way onto the field as a true freshman in 2011. He led all Seminole tight ends with 12 receptions for 164 yards.

    Personal: Grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.

  3. Devin Funchess*, TE/WR, Michigan
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    1/10/15: In 2014, Funchess notched 62 receptions for 733 yards and four touchdowns. He had a nagging leg injury that bothered him during the season.

    Funchess is potentially a special prospect as a tight end, but his value decreases as a receiver. Funchess dropped a number of passes against Michigan State that could have gone for big plays. He showed a lack of ability to win contested catches and that is concerning for a receiver who isn't a true speed threat. Funchess also struggled to get off of the Spartans' press coverage. Adding strength for tight end to improve his blocking would be the best path for Funchess to pursue as a prospect.

    8/27/14: Funchess is moving to wide receiver as a junior, but the NFL will see more value in him as a tight end. There are plenty of big receivers who don't have elite speed, but dangerous receiving tight ends are harder to find.

    Funchess showed some serious receiving ability in 2013. He was an All-Big Ten First-Team selection and the Big Ten tight end of the year. Funchess had 49 receptions for 748 yards and six touchdowns. That yardage set a Michigan record for a tight end in a single season. He had impressive games against Ohio State (4-41-1), Michigan State (6-66), Penn State (4-112-2) and Minnesota (7-151-1). Funchess has the speed to beat defenders and great length to make catches over them.

    Funchess recorded 15 catches for 234 yards and five scores as a freshman in 2012. He'll need should fill out his frame with another 10-20 pounds of muscle for the NFL, plus improve his run blocking.

  4. Devin Funchess TD vs. Penn State

    Devin Funchess TD vs. App. State

    Devin Funchess vs. Ohio State (2013)

  5. Clive Walford, TE, Miami
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    1/10/15: In 2014, Walford made 44 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns despite inconsistent quarterback play. Sources say that Walford has soft, natural hands with strength as a blocker, but NFL teams feel that Walford is short on speed and athleticism to be a real receiving threat in the NFL. He had a huge game against Florida State.

    8/27/14: Walford is coming from a school known for its star tight ends and has been a solid contributor for Miami the past two seasons. In 2013, he caught 34 passes for 454 yards with two touchdowns. The previous season, Walford made 25 receptions for 451 yards and four scores. He caught 18 passes for 172 yards and a score in 2011.

    Walford has upside to develop and could provide his biggest production in 2014. The senior still needs to improve his blocking.

  6. Tyler Kroft*, TE, Rutgers
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    1/10/15: Kroft totaled 24 receptions for 269 yards in 2014. He has some receiving talent, but he probably should have returned for his senior year.

    8/27/14: Kroft was a backup as a freshman, but he broke out in 2013 by hauling in 43 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns. Kroft has good height and length to him with some quickness. If he fills out his frame, he'll likely improve as a blocker.

  7. Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 254.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    1/10/15: Koyack recorded 30 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. He also did well as a blocker for Notre Dame. Koyack has the skill set to produce more, but the Fighting Irish had issues at quarterback.

    8/27/14: Koyack was the secondary tight end to Tyler Eifert in 2012 and Troy Niklas in 2013. Koyack only caught three receptions for 39 yards in 2012, but he was impressive as a blocker. That trend continued in 2013 when Koyack hauled in 10 passes for 171 yards and three scores. He should see more targets as a senior.

    Personal: Majoring in marketing. Son of Karen and David Koyack.

  8. Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    1/10/15: Heuerman has 17 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns so far in 2014. Ohio State hasn't used him up to his abilities. Heuerman has had a solid year as a blocker and has accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl.

    8/27/14: Heuerman hasn't been used much as a receiver as he probably should have been and is primarily a blocking tight end for the Buckeyes. The junior had 26 receptions or 466 yards with four touchdowns in 2013. He had only eight catches for 94 yards and a score in 2012. Heuerman should get more opportunities as a senior, but the Buckeyes will probably lean on their ground game as they break in a new quarterback.

    Personal: Son of Melissa and Paul Heuerman. Younger brother Mike is a freshman tight end at Notre Dame.

  9. E.J. Bibbs, TE, Iowa State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 261.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    1/10/15: In 2014, Bibbs recorded 45 receptions for 382 yards and eight scores. He accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl.

    8/27/14: Bibbs put together a nice 2013 season with 39 receptions for 462 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first year at Iowa State after playing in junior college. Bibbs was a Second-Team All-Big XII selection for his performance. He has some athleticism and receiving ability.

    Personal: Son of Emmanuel and Debbie Bibbs. Liberal studies major.

  10. Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 273.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    1/10/15: Boyle earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He has good size, and the defenders in Mobile should provide a nice test of his speed and athleticism. Boyle caught 37 passes this year for 304 yards with four scores. As a junior, he had 42 receptions for 474 yards with seen touchdowns. If Boyle doesn't have the skill set to be a receiver in the NFL, he could be a blocking tight end.

  11. Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    1/10/15: Brown recorded 25 receptions for 420 yards with six touchdowns in 2014 before a season-ending knee injury. He was playing really well for Oregon and helped make up for some injuries to the Ducks' receivers. Brown was on pace to have one of the best seasons for a tight end in Oregon history. He showed quickness, athleticism and separation skills. Brown still needs to improve as a blocker.

    8/27/14: Brown has some quickness and athletic ability, but just hasn't been the featured tight end at Oregon. He recorded 10 receptions for 123 yards and two scores in 2013 after Colt Lyerla left the team. However, freshman Johnny Mundt took over as the Ducks receiving tight end. Brown needs to produce more in the passing game to make sure he's drafted.

    Brown was suspended for the Alamo Bowl for appearing in a video of a snow ball fight ... seriously. Reportedly, the snow ball fight turned ugly as Brown dumped a container of snow on another student while cars and students were targeted with snow balls from over 100 students. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich deemed his players actions as "unacceptable and dangerous."

    Personal: Son of Michael Brown and Jeannetta Smith.

  12. Randall Telfer, TE, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    1/10/15: Telfer caught 21 balls for 197 yards and two touchdowns this season. He was used mainly as a blocker.

    8/27/14: Telfer has been the Trojans' blocking tight end the past two seasons. With Xavier Grimble in the NFL, the senior should get a bigger opportunity to contribute as a receiver in 2014.

    In 2013, Telfer caught six passes for 78 yards with a score. He had 12 receptions for 100 yards and four touchdowns the year before. His biggest production came as a freshman with 26 catches for 273 yards and five touchdowns. Telfer has the potential to produce more.

  13. Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    1/10/15: Christian made 32 catches for 384 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. He had a strong start to the season against Miami (6-59), and he has some quickness with athleticism. In 2013, Christian notched 28 receptions for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He started out his career at Florida before transferring because of a lack of playing time.

  14. C.J. Uzomah, TE, Auburn
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 264.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    1/10/15: Uzomah recorded 11 receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns during the 2014 season. He was capable of producing more, but Auburn struggled to pass the ball.

    8/27/14: Uzomah has been primarily a blocking tight end for Auburn, which is no surprise considering the program runs a ground-focused offense. He had 11 receptions for 154 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. The season before, Uzomah totalled seven catches for 136 yards and a score.

    Personal: Son of Xavier and Stephanie Uzomah. Marketing major.

  15. Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    1/10/15: Anderson had 22 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown during 2014. He is capable of producing a lot more, but the Gamecocks don't use him enough.

    8/27/14: Anderson is a nice, but seldom used, receiving weapon for South Carolina. In 2013, he notched 17 receptions for 235 yards. Anderson had 14 catches for 271 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. He caught eight passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.

    Anderson has some quickness and receiving ability. He has the ability to contribute as a blocker in the ground game, but he needs more size for the NFL.

  16. Clay Burton, TE, Florida
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2015): FA.

    1/10/15: Burton totaled 18 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown in 2014. He is mainly a blocking tight end.

    8/27/14: Burton is a good run-blocker for Florida's rushing offense, but doesn't contribute as a receiver. He had one catch for 12 yards in 2013 and two for 12 yards the season before. Burton will be used for his blocking ability again in 2013, but the senior probably won't be thrown the ball very much.

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P



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