The 49ers just dealt Vernon Davis, so they'll be looking to replace him at some point during the offseason. They'll need to find better weapons for their new quarterback.
Rd. 2, Pk. 29
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Owen Daniels has been a failure thus far - save for his inexplicable performance at Indianapolis - prompting John Elway to trade for Vernon Davis. The problem is, Davis hasn't played well for two years now. The Broncos could use a better tight end to properly replace Julius Thomas.
The Packers could use another tight end weapon, and this is a great value.
Henry has 44 receptions for 619 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. He has done a nice job as a blocker and receiver for the Razorbacks, but they don't use him enough in the passing attack. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder is a well-rounded tight end who produced well last year, too. He was a good blocker for the Razorbacks' ground game while contributing 37 receptions for 513 yards and two scores. Henry had 28 receptions for 409 yards and four scores as a freshman.
Pick change; previously Cody Whitehair, OL
Rd. 2, Pk. 30
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The Cardinals don't have a lot of needs, so they can take the best player available. Arizona could use a tight end to compete with Troy Niklas, who has only three receptions on the season.
In 2015, Howard has 30 catches for 335 yards. He totaled 17 receptions for 260 yards in 2014. The talented tight end was very under-utilized. As he proved at USC with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin settles on one receiver and struggles to call plays for anyone else regardless of their talent or mismatch potential.
Howard (6-6, 237) flashed big-time potential in 2013. The freshman hauled in 14 passes for 269 yards (19.2 average) with two touchdowns. Howard is a fast and dangerous receiving weapon who has the frame to add size. He was just scratching the surface of his potential. Sources say Howard needs to improve his route-running and blocking.
Rd. 3, Pk. 18
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Houston's tight ends have been brutal this year. The Texans badly need a receiving tight end for their offense.
Engram has had a slow start to the season with only 30 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns. In his first two years, he was excellent for Ole Miss, though 2014 was an even better season for Engram than his freshman year. He caught 38 passes for 662 yards with two touchdowns in 2014. Engram was a dangerous receiving threat who carved up Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State that season. As a true freshman, he caught 21 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder needs to add weight for the next level and get better as a blocker.
Yes I like Austin Hooper better than all the other tight ends, but that doesn't mean Hunter Henry is a slouch. He's a solid blocker who can create mismatches as a receiver. The Broncos didn't adequately replace Julius Thomas, and Henry will do just that, although maybe not to the degree of success that Thomas has the past 2 years.