2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Tight Ends



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2020 Tight End prospects available for the 2020 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2022 prospect.

This page was last updated April 21, 2020. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
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

2021 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

2022 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. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 251. Arm: 32.5. Hand: 9.63.
    40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2020): 2-3.

    4/21/20: Trautman recorded 70 receptions for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019. He earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl and put together a solid week in Mobile. Trautman had some buzz building, but then ran slowly at the combine. He looks like a potential second-day or mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Team sources say, however, they think Trautman could be a steal. While his combine numbers weren't great, they call Trautman a pure football player who can really play. They see him as a second-round talent, but he could slip to the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

    8/17/19: Trautman was a productive receiver for Dayton in 2018 and 2017 to land himself on NFL teams' preseason watch lists. He caught 41 passes for 604 yards with nine touchdowns in 2018 after hauling in 43 catches for 537 yards and five scores during the previous season. Trautman has good size, and playing well at an all-star game would help him.




  2. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 262. Arm: 33. Hand: 10.5.
    40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2020): 2-3.

    4/21/20: At the combine, Kmet helped himself by running well in the 40 and looking good in the field drills. Team sources say Kmet is a big tight end with the body of a Y - blocking - tight end. They say he is a typical Y athlete and not special in the passing game. He will make the occasional play as an underneath receiver but will struggle to separate in the NFL because he lacks the speed to be a true receiving threat.

    Sources say that Kmet is not a killer blocker in the run game and needs to improve in that role. They feel he is better than other tight end prospects, but they don't see him as a first-round talent.

    Kmet was one of the best tight ends in college football during the 2019 season, catching 43 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns. He has good size for the NFL and the ability to become a three-down starter. Kmet had a huge jump in production compared to his sophomore year, when he totaled only 15 receptions for 162 yards.


  3. Thaddeus Moss*, TE, LSU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 250. Arm: 31.88. Hand: 9.88.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2020): 2-4.

    4/21/20: Moss was a mismatch receiving weapon for LSU in 2019, totaling 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns. He has a solid build with quickness and athleticism. Moss could stand to improve his blocking for the NFL, but he could be a mismatch weapon as a F - receiving - tight end. As a pro, he could be a Jordan Reed-type contributor. Moss did not work out at the combine.


  4. Albert Okwuegbunam*, TE, Missouri
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 258. Hand: 10.25. Arm: 34.13.
    40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2020): 3-5.

    4/21/20: Okwuegbunam was one of the stars of the combine with an electric 40 time, but some teams have ruled him out because of his maturity and makeup. If Okwuegbunam did not have those concerns, he would be an early-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and probably the top-rated tight end.

    In 2019, Okwuegbunam caught 26 passes for 306 yards and six touchdowns. He is a mismatch weapon for the passing game, but his receiving production was hurt in 2019 by losing Drew Lock to the NFL and having Kelly Bryant replace Lock. Okwuegbunam's blocking looked somewhat improved year over year. Overall, his blocking is average for a receiving tight end. While Okwuegbunam is not a cowardly blocker like some receiving tight ends, Okwuegbunam lacks physicality and doesn't block to his size.

    8/17/19: Okwuegbunam was one of the most dangerous mismatch weapons in college football during 2018, even though Missouri did not always utilize him. When the Tigers did use him, he produced big plays for them via his speed to get down the seam and his size to wall off defenders or make catches over them when they were able to keep him from getting separation. In 2018, he had 43 receptions for 466 yards with six touchdowns. He also missed the last four games with a shoulder injury. Some team sources said that Okwuegbunam is not a bad guy, but he is high maintenance for his coaches.

    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 in 2017, hauling in 11 touchdowns from Drew Lock. Missouri opened up its offense with Lock in the back half of that 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 and athletic, runs fast, and catches the heck 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 NFL teams' watch lists.




  5. Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 254. Arm: 32.75. Hand: 10.63.
    40 Time: 4.96.
    Projected Round (2020): 3-5.

    4/21/20: In 2019, Pinkney had 20 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns. A struggling passing attack held him back all season. He put together a solid week at the Senior Bowl, but was not spectacular. Pinkney had a rough combine, putting up the slowest time of any tight end who ran.

    Team sources say Pinkney has pretty good hands but no speed or explosiveness as a receiver. He struggles to separate underneath and doesn't have the speed to be a vertical threat up the seam. He's probably limited to being a backup rotational tight end in the NFL.

    8/17/19: Pinkney was a very good tight end for Vanderbilt in 2018 and one of the most dangerous receiving tight ends in college football. He hauled in 50 passes for 774 yards and seven touchdowns in a breakout season. Pinkney made a big improvement in production from 2017 (22-279-3) and 2016 (22-274-2). He has a good combination of quickness, size and athleticism. While being a receiving mismatch, Pinkney also contributes some as a blocker.


  6. Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 248. Arm: 32. Hand: 10.38.
    40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2020): 3-5.

    4/21/20: Bryant was one of the top receiving tight ends in 2019, recording 52 receptions for 825 yards and three touchdowns. In the NFL, Bryant will have to be a rotational receiving tight end as he doesn't have size to be a three-down tight end who contributes as a blocker. He also ran slower than expected at the combine, putting up a poor time for a receiving tight end.


  7. Colby Parkinson*, TE, Stanford
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 252. Arm: 33.25. Hand: 9.63.
    40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2020): 3-5.

    4/21/20: Parkinson had 48 catches for 589 yards and a touchdown in 2019 while playing with backups at quarterback. He provides a size mismatch in the passing game, but he also ran slower than expected at the combine.

    8/17/19: Stanford has had a string of quality tight end prospects for the NFL under David Shaw, and Parkinson will continue that trend. In 2018, he totaled 29 receptions for 485 yards and seven touchdowns. Parkinson could produce more as a junior now that he has some experience and Stanford has also lost some receivers to the NFL. In his freshman campaign, Parkinson had only 10 receptions for 97 yards, but four of those catches went for touchdowns.




  8. Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 248. Arm: 35.13. Hand: 10.38.
    40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2020): 3-5.

    4/21/20: At the combine, Sullivan ran faster than expected and looked good in the field drills. He was also able to get a Senior Bowl invitation despite not having a big 2019 season of production. Team sources say Sullivan has good size, athleticism, and freakish speed, but he struggles with the playbook, which is really hurting him around the league.

    Sullivan made 12 receptions for 130 yards in 2019, but as a junior, he caught 23 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns. With Ja'Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and others, it was hard to get targets at LSU, but Sullivan played well enough to have the opportunity to impress team evaluators a the Senior Bowl, where he had a good week of practice. He showed some receiving talent and has some size to him with long arms that help him as a blocker. Sullivan is sleeper developmental tight end who could turn into a nice value pick.


  9. Dalton Keene*, TE, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 253. Arm: 32.25. Hand: 9.75.
    40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2020): 4-6.

    4/21/20: Keene is a sleeper tight end who could be a good value pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. As a junior, he caught 21 passes for 240 yards and five touchdowns. In 2018, he made 28 receptions for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Keene has upside with quickness and athleticism. He could develop more with good coaching.


  10. Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 242. Arm: 31.38. Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2020): 4-6.

    4/21/20: Bryant recorded 65 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019. He earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl and was decent in Mobile. He had a similar showing at the combine. Some are projecting him as an early-rounder, but in speaking with team sources, they had Bryant graded on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft.

    8/17/19: Bryant was a quality receiver for Florida Atlantic over the past two seasons. In his junior campaign, he caught 45 passes for 662 yards with four touchdowns. Over 2016, he had 32 receptions for 408 yards and five scores. Bryant could stand to get stronger and improve his blocking for the NFL.




  11. Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 241. Arm: 32. Hand: 10.13.
    40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2020): 5-7.

    4/21/20: Hopkins had 61 catches for 830 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019. He was decent at the Senior Bowl, but has some size and length limitations for the NFL. Hopkins ran quick times and worked out well at the combine.

    8/17/19: Hopkins was a solid contributor for Purdue in 2018 snatching 34 passes for 583 yards and two touchdowns. He had a decent sophomore season as well with 25 receptions for 349 yards and three scores. If Hopkins can build on his junior year and contribute well as a blocker, he could be a riser for the 2020 NFL Draft.


  12. Sean McKeon, TE, Michigan
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 238. Arm: 33.38. Hand: 9.25.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2020): 5-7.

    4/21/20: McKeon did not have a prolific 2019 as a receiver, but he played well enough to earn a roster spot at the Senior Bowl. McKeon had 13 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns on the year. His best season for receiving production came as a sophomore with 31 catches for 301 yards and three scores. McKeon could gain some strength and get consideration as a Y - blocking - tight end in the NFL.


  13. Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 245. Arm: 32. Hand: 9.13.
    40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2020): 5-7.

    4/21/20: Deguara is an undersized tight end for the NFL, but he has some h-back potential and was a dangerous receiver for the Bearcats in 2019. Deguara was a red-zone weapon, showing a nose for the end zone and ability to score. He had 39 receptions for 504 yards and seven scores on the year. With his strong senior season as a receiver, Deguara earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He was not impressive in Mobile.




  14. Charlie Taumoepeau, TE, Portland State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 244. Arm: 32.5. Hand: 9.63.
    40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2020): 5-7.

    4/21/20: Taumoepeau had 36 receptions for 474 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. He did not impress at the Senior Bowl.

    8/17/19: Taumoepeau is a small-school prospect who made it on NFL teams' preseason watch lists. He is an undersized receiving tight end, but he has been productive, including a 2017 season in which he snatched 45 passes for 673 yards and three touchdowns. In 2018, Taumoepeau had 28 catches for 580 yards and five scores.


  15. Matthew Wilkerson, TE, Edward Waters
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2020): 5-7.

    4/21/20: Wilkerson is a small-school sleeper who has generated some buzz in the scouting community. For Edwards Waters, Wilkerson showed off a good skill set and played both ways at tight end and defensive end. Wilkerson is said to have good quickness and athleticism to go along with his excellent size. It sounds like Wilkerson will compete at tight end for the NFL.


  16. Devin Asiasi*, TE, UCLA
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 257. Arm: 33.25. Hand: 9.75.
    40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2020): 5-7.

    4/21/20: In 2019, Asiasi had 44 receptions for 641 yards and four touchdowns. He started out his collegiate career at Michigan before transferring to UCLA. Asiasi should have returned to UCLA for his senior year.




  17. Jacob Breeland, TE, Oregon
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 252. Arm: 32.63. Hand: 9.88.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2020): 6-FA.

    4/21/20: In 2019, Breeland totaled 26 receptions for 405 yards and six scores.

    8/17/19: Breeland was a quality receiving tight end in 2018. The junior caught 24 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns on the season. With Justin Herbert returning, Breeland could produce a huge senior year. As a sophomore, Breeland caught 18 passes for 320 yards and five touchdowns.


  18. Mitchell Wilcox, TE, South Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 247. Arm: 32.25. Hand: 9.13.
    40 Time: 4.88.
    Projected Round (2020): 6-FA.

    4/21/20: Wilcox totaled 28 catches for 350 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. Some team sources say Wilcox could be a Tyler Higbee-type tight end if he manages to stick in the NFL. Multiple sources are projecting Wilcox to the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft. He had a rough combine workout that hurt his chances of being drafted.

    8/17/19: In 2018, Wilcox totaled 43 catches for 540 yards and two touchdowns. He made 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, Wilcox had 15 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Wilcox could take on a bigger role in 2019 since the Bulls lost some receivers to the NFL. However, they also lost their veteran quarterback.


  19. Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 243. Arm: 31.13. Hand: 10.
    40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2020): 6-FA.

    4/21/20: Woerner had nine catches for 78 yards in 2019. He did not impress at the combine.

    8/17/19: Woerner had 11 receptions for 148 yards in 2018. That came off after little production in 2017 (9-100) and 2016 (5-50). Woerner still made it onto NFL teams' preseason watch lists.




  20. Cheyenne O'Grady, TE, Arkansas
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 253. Arm: 33.63. Hand: 10.13.
    40 Time: 4.81.
    Projected Round (2020): 7-FA.

    4/21/20: In 2019, O'Grady notched 33 catches for 372 yards and three touchdowns. Team sources say they gave him a late-round and free agent grades.

    8/17/19: O'Grady went under the radar in the SEC playing for a bad team, but he produced well as a junior given his circumstance, totaling 30 receptions for 400 yards and six touchdowns. He made NFL teams' preseason watch lists.


  21. Jared Rice, TE, Fresno State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2020): 7-FA.

    4/21/20: Rice had 32 catches in 2019, totaling 307 yards and four touchdowns. He did not work out at the combine.

    8/17/19: Rice was a productive receiving tight end for Fresno State in 2018, hauling in 55 receptions for 664 yards and three touchdowns. That was a big jump in production compared to his 2017 season of 22 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. Scouts added him to their preseason watch lists for the 2020 NFL Draft. Rice could use more weight and strength as a blocker for the NFL.


  22. Dom Wood-Anderson, TE, Tennessee
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 261. Arm: 33.13. Hand: 9.75.
    40 Time: 4.92.
    Projected Round (2020): 7-FA.

    4/21/20: Wood-Anderson could be an undrafted free agent who has some upside. He ran slower than expected at the combine. In 2019, Wood-Anderson caught 21 passes for 268 yards with a touchdown. He had 17 receptions for 140 yards and two scores in 2018.


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

2021 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

2022 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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