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 Sept. 8, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
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

2020 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. Albert Okwuegbunam**, TE, Missouri
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    9/8/18: Okwuegbunam had two catches for 14 yards against UT-Martin.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Okwuegbunam checks in at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in a quick 4.70 seconds. His arms measure at 33.63 inches, his hands at 10 inches, and his wingspan at 80.75 inches.

    Okwuegbunam was a dangerous red-zone weapon last season, 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. The redshirt freshman, hauled in 29 receptions for 415 yards on the year. Okwuegbunam could develop into a player with three-down starter consideration. Sources say that Okwuegbunam is impressive as he is big, athletic, runs fast, and catches the hell out of the ball. Scouts say that they've heard Okwuegbunam runs in the 4.5s and not the 4.70 that was listed on the teams' watch list.






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

    9/8/18: Fant caught a touchdown with three receptions for 10 yards versus Northern Illinois.

    8/28/18: 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. Caleb Wilson*, TE, UCLA
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/8/18: In UCLA's loss to Cincinnati, Wilson had four receptions for 36 yards.

    8/28/18: 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.


  4. C.J. Conrad*, TE, Kentucky
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/8/18: Conrad had three catches for nine yards while taking on Central Michigan.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Conrad checks in at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in a quick 4.75 seconds. The data has his arm length at 30.38 inches, his hand size at 9.25 inches, and his wing span at 74.13 inches.

    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. Logan Parker, TE, Southern Utah
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 253.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/8/18: Parker has three receptions for 32 yards so far in 2018.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Parker checks in at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in a quick 4.70 seconds. His measurements include 32-inch arms, 9.5-inch hands, and a 77.88-inch wing span.

    Parker is a receiving tight end and H-back candidate for the NFL who impressed as a receiver in 2017. As a junior, he totaled 43 receptions for 560 yards with five touchdowns. If the senior can build on that, he has the potential to be a second-day pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Parker made teams' preseason watch list as players with first- through fourth-round potential.


  6. Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/8/18: Mack had one reception for 26 yards to open 2018.

    8/28/18: 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 in 201. Mack could have issues producing as a receiver in 2018 if Notre Dame maintains the rushing offense and the running quarterback it featured in 2017. Still, team evaluators liked Mack's potential and skill set enough to include him on their preseason watch list of players with first- through fourth-round potential.


  7. Tyler Petite, TE, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    9/8/18: Petite did not record any catches in the season opener.

    8/28/18: 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.






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

    9/8/18: Sweeney did not record any catches in Week 1.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

    9/8/18: Smith had two receptions for 39 yards against Louisville.

    8/28/18: 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.


  10. Kendall Blanton, TE, Missouri
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    9/8/18: Blanton made two receptions for 20 yards in the opener.

    8/28/18: According to to team sources, some at Missouri like Blanton more than Albert Okwuegbunam. Blanton goes under the radar because Okwuegbunam is such a dynamic receiver, but Blanton is said to be a good receiver in his own right. He is a well-rounded player and a solid blocker. In 2017, Blanton caught six passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. He had 16 receptions for 161 yards and three scores as a sophomore.




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

    9/8/18: Smith made two catches for 18 yards in the 2018 season opener.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

    9/8/18: Wilcox totaled four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown taking on Elon.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

    9/8/18: Sokol did not record a catch in the season opener.

    8/28/18: 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 last season. The Spartans have a talented quarterback, so Sokol could produce more in 2018.




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

    9/8/18: Imatorbhebhe is out indefinitely because of a hip injury.

    8/28/18: 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 extended into the spring of 2018. Imatorbhebhe started out his collegiate career at Florida before transferring to the Trojans.


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

    9/8/18: Jones has 13 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns so far in 2018.

    8/28/18: 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).


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

    9/8/18: Fritts did not record a catch in the season opener.

    8/28/18: Fritts chipped in 25 receptions for 177 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. He could improve as a senior.


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

    9/8/18: Saunders had two receptions for 10 yards against Nicholls.

    8/28/18: 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 who might break out.


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

    9/8/18: Wheatley did not record any stats against Kentucky State in the season opener.

    8/28/18: Prior to fall camp, Wheatley left Michigan to transfer to Stony Brook. 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 Wheatley a training-camp opportunity.


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

2020 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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