2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Tight Ends



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 Tight End prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated June 6, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 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

2018 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

2019 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. Caleb Wilson*, TE, UCLA
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/6/18: Wilson was phenomenal in 2017 as the most reliable receiving threat for Josh Rosen. Prior to a season-ending foot injury, Wilson had 38 receptions for 490 yards and one touchdown. He was instrumental in the legendary comeback over Texas A&M, hauling in 15 passes for 208 yards in that game. Wilson is a quick tight end who runs good routes and is dangerous as a run-after-the-catch threat. As a freshman in 2016, he had 16 catches for 220 yards.






  2. Noah Fant*, TE, Iowa
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/6/18: Iowa has produced a lot of good tight end prospects in recent years, and Fant could keep that trend going after a breakout sophomore season. He hauled in 28 passes for 486 yards with 10 touchdowns in 2017. Fant has size to his frame with the ability to get stronger and become a better blocker for the NFL. He could have three-down starting potential with the ability contribute as a receiver.


  3. Tyler Petite, TE, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/6/18: As a junior, Petite caught 23 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He was a nice receiving option for Sam Darnold, but unfortunately for Petite, Darnold entered the 2018 NFL Draft, meaning Petite will have to break in a new quarterback in 2018. In 2016 (10-156-2) and 2015 (15-145-1), Petite made modest contributions. He should also work on improving his blocking.


  4. C.J. Conrad*, TE, Kentucky
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: Conrad caught 16 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. His season ended early because of a foot injury that required surgery. Conrad impressed in 2016 even though he had limited opportunities. He caught 19 passes for 262 yards with four touchdowns that season. Conrad has a lot of upside to grow in the years to come.




  5. Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: In 2017, Sweeney totaled 36 catches for 512 yards and four touchdowns. He has the size and strength to be a blocker at the point of attack as well. As a sophomore, Sweeney made 26 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns.


  6. Albert Okwuegbunam**, TE, Missouri
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: As a redshirt freshman, Okwuegbunam was a dangerous red-zone weapon, hauling in 11 touchdowns from Drew Lock. Missouri opened up its offense with Lock in the back half of the 2017 season, using Okwuegbunam as one of is steady receiving threats. He hauled in 29 receptions for 415 yards on the year. Okwuegbunam could develop into a player with three-down starter consideration.


  7. Irv Smith Jr.*, TE, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: Smith flashed some real receiving ability in 2017, but Alabama's passing offense really struggled with Jalen Hurts at quarterback. For the year, Smith totaled 14 catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns. He was capable of producing a lot more if he had been given more targets. Smith is the son of Irv Smith Sr., who was a top-20 pick in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame.




  8. Kaden Smith*, TE, Stanford
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: Under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw, the Cardinal has been a factory for NFL tight ends. Most of them are quality blockers with the ability to contribute as receivers. In 2017. Smith caught 23 passes for 414 yards with five touchdowns. Folowing Dalton Schultz's departure for the NFL, Smith could see more playing time and receiving opportunities.


  9. Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/6/18: Even with one of the worst quarterbacks in college football, Mack caught 19 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in 2017. That came after hauling in 13 receptions for 190 yards. Mack could have issues producing as a receiver in 2018 if Notre Dame maintains the rushing offense and running quarterback it featured in 2017.


  10. Mitchell Wilcox, TE, South Florida
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/6/18: Wilcox provided some big plays as a freshman in 2016 when he averaged a ridiculous 23.2 yards per reception. He only made 12 catches, but turned them into 278 yards and two scores. As sophomore, he had 15 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Wilcox could take on a bigger role since the Bulls lost some receivers to the NFL. However, they also lost their veteran quarterback.




  11. Matt Sokol, TE, Michigan State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/6/18: Sokol is a big-bodied tight end who contributes to the Spartans' ground-based offense. He caught 20 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. The Spartans have a talented quarterback, so Sokol could produce more in 2018.


  12. Daniel Imatorbhebhe*, TE, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/6/18: Imatorbhebhe flashed as a freshman with 17 receptions for 250 yards and four touchdowns. His second season didn't go as planned because of a hip injury. That injury has extended into the spring of 2018. Imatorbhebhe started out his collegiate career at Florida before transferring to the Trojans.


  13. Charles Jones II, TE, Tulane
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/6/18: Jones had 13 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns while dealing with injuries in 2017. His best seasons came as a sophomore (17-131-3) and freshman (21-192-3).




  14. Brandon Fritts, TE, North Carolina
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/6/18: Fritts chipped in 25 receptions for 177 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. He could improve as a senior.


  15. Mavin Saunders, TE, Kansas
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 257.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/6/18: Team sources have said that Saunders was an impressive athlete in practice at Florida State, yet he didn't see the field. Thus, Saunders transferred to Kansas. He's a sleeper prospect to see if he breaks out.


  16. Tyrone Wheatley Jr.*, TE, Michigan
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 265.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    6/6/18: Wheatley is a blocker who will have to do more as a receiver. He had three receptions for 26 yards in 2017. His running back father played 10 years in the NFL after being a first-round pick for the Giants. Currently, Tyrone Wheatley Sr. is the running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a league dominated by nepotism, some team will probably give the younger Wheatly a training camp opportunity.


2017 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

2018 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

2019 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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