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2020 NFL Combine Preview Scouting – TEs

Air Date:
February 23, 2020

My Combine previews of each prospect attending the event is me taking 20-40 minutes and reviewing some game tape and going over career numbers/output and some background info – just trying to get a quick feel for the player and reporting out a few sentences on what I see. So we can watch/look at the Combine results aided with more info going in.

Some of the players I’ve previewed in 2019 and/or at the 2020 East-West Shrine or 2020 Senior Bowl weeks as well. The QBs have been scouted deeper and run through our scouting models already. Overall, it’s my best ‘flash’ opinion without going deeper with the tape or having the true measurables for the prospects.

Once we have the measurables, we’re off to the races with deeper studies and bigger reports up to and through the NFL Draft – but for now, here’s my quicker take…subject to change/being wrong once I get deeper into the studies with them:

 

 

TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia, 6’4”/250 (Grade: F)

Caught three or more passes in a game once in 27 college games…and 1 TD in his career. Yeah…no, thanks. Has size but is stiff…and obviously the Georgia QBs didn’t think much of him.

 

TE Sean McKeon, Michigan, 6’5”/246 (Grade: D-)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

Has the look of a potential NFL TE…more of a backup/extra body TE for the NFL. Wasn’t bad when called upon in the passing game but wasn’t really looked upon much…most games he had 1-2 catches tops. Missed multiple games in 2018 and 2019 with nagging injuries. Doubtful he gets drafted or makes any waves at Senior Bowl week.

 

TE Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech, 6’3”/245 (Grade: D-)

Good college TE but has the body more of a WR than a TE. He’s listed at 250 but I wouldn’t be surprised if he were 235-240. He looks like a thinner frame that tried to add weight because of a lack of WR speed, so trying to be a move TE, which is smart but likely not going to work for instant impact to the NFL. I don’t think the NFL is going to like him for the draft.

 

TE Dom Wood-Anderson, Tennessee, 6’4”/257 (Grade: D-)

From my East-West previews: Has some size and movement skills like a possible NFL prospect…more H-back maybe? He lined up all over for Tennessee in 2019 and ran some medium+ routes, but the QB never seemed to look for him at all. Hard to scout his receiving ability when he barely got a chance, so I have to assume that the QB/team knows something to want to not look for him in the passing game. An NFL body, but nothing else I saw. 

 

TE Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State, 6’4”/240 (Grade: D+)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

Has the initial look of a legit NFL TE prospect…has the size, seems to move around the field well…but as I watched more and more, I just didn’t see anything to get excited about. He’s probably a 4.8+ runner but looks faster and bigger against Big Sky/FCS opponents. He’s got to prove it to scouts during the Senior Bowl week.

 

TE Hunter Bryant, Washington, 6’2”/240 (Grade: D+)

Will be billed as a Jordan Reed-type TE because of his size but he’s not the athlete or receiver Reed was. He’s more Gerald Everett-like. He’s more of a specialist H-back, ‘move’ TE…not a real TE weapon, nor starting TE, nor move to WR (he’s a bit too slow). He’s a man without a set NFL home, looking to catch on with versatility/utility.

 

TE Mitchell Wilcox, South Florida, 6’5”/245 (Grade: D+)

From my East-West previews: Showed some nice receiving skills and solid movement ability for a 6’4+ TE. Plays with a lot of energy and confidence…a confident receiver. Ran a lot of routes and worked TE and WR routes. Good hands. Will fly below the radar some because he worked with horrific QB play at South Florida.  Slower feet scare me.

 

TE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic, 6’5”/240 (Grade: D+)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

Doesn’t look like he has an ‘NFL body’. Has some decent skills…good hands, maybe a 4.8 runner. Just isn’t moving like a high-end, fluid athlete at my first study of his work. And his frame doesn’t look like what you want in an NFL TE. He can get away with it in college, but in the pros he needs more muscle on his frame and I’m not sure his frame is prime for that. He could make a practice squad or fringe part of an NFL roster at some point, but I see many more promising TE prospect talents than this one in 2020. 

 

TE Thaddeus Moss, LSU, 6’3”/245 (Grade: D+)

Moss has the NFL prospect trifecta…Randy Moss’s son, played well for a great/title CFB team, and got to play/was BFFs with Joe Burrow. He’ll probably be the #1 pick in the draft…it’s just his ‘luck’. Outside of that, he’s a bit too slow to be a high impact NFL TE. Probably a 4.8+ runner. Decent hands. Good in the receiving game. Going to have a hard time getting open in the NFL. Not a bad blocker, pretty strong/stout player when he’s blocking but he was mostly running routes for LSU. If he isn’t on the same team as Joe Burrow…his best prospect attribute is ripped away. He has NFL-worthy skills, but more low-end starter, backup. If he runs in the 4.7s, he should be taken more seriously.

 

TE Devin Asiasi, UCLA, 6’3”/279 (Grade: C-)

If he’s really 275+ pounds, he’s a decent prospect for the NFL…because he can move really well for that size human being/TE. Showed ‘OK’ hands, but a little pop in his step to get himself open and breakaway from defenders after the catch. His initial burst is suspect, but once he gets going that’s a big body moving around. He might be under 6’3” and that would hurt his prospect status some with the NFL.

 

TE Adam Trautman, Dayton, 6’5”/250 (Grade: C-)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

Update: Looked like a legit NFL TE prospect, but more of a lower level starter not a future star…but in the right situation, maybe he’s OK. The small school guy proved he belonged.

Org. Comments: Dominated a low level of college play – 70 catches, 916 yards, 14 TDs in 11 games in 2019. Was like the Gronk of the FCS Pioneer League. He can catch and is bigger and faster than the linebackers at his level, but not sure I saw NFL speed here. FCS-Pioneer League speed but not NFL speed. He could be more of a ‘D’ than ‘C’. The Senior Bowl week will tell the tale better.

 

TE Stephen Sullivan, LSU, 6’5”/240 (Grade: C-)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

Update: Was the most visible, ‘looked at’ by the QBs tight end every time I watched the 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s. He’s a former WR converted to TE at LSU. He looked like a nice blend, but not the high-end athlete type like a Darren Waller. Reminded me more of a Jared Cook.  

Org. Comments: There is a reasonable NFL TE prospect hiding here, potentially. Didn’t do much on stat sheets in his college career but was more backup than starter. Was a TE but has the look of a WR/TE. Shows pretty good hands. Can move OK, maybe a 4.8 runner. He has some NFL features, but he looks raw and tentative. There wasn’t much I could get excited about watching him play.

 

TE C.J. O'Grady, Arkansas, 6’4”/256 (Grade: C-)

He’s a Mack truck tight end…he is a brick wall that is hard to tackle/bring down. He reminds me a bit of Vance McDonald. Good enough skills in the passing game and then a beast after the catch if they get a few steps/head of steam going. Mediocre blocker. Not overly fast…just a mass of humanity, of raw clay to work with.

 

 TE Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati, 6’3”/240 (Grade: C)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

With the rise of the passing game from grade school on up for the past decade, we’re getting much better passing QBs, immensely talented WRs and corners…and more athletic, accomplished receiver tight ends. Deguara is an athletic, accomplished receiver. He’s not a world class athlete playing TE…he’s just a very good athlete, for a tight end, who is a helluva receiving talent.

Smooth hands. Nice routes. And always seems to get open and be open by 3-5+ yards with talented defenders trying to keep up with him. He might be a deceptive 4.5s runner the way he gets space on tape. He looks like a 4.6-4.7 guy but might be a George Kittle shock 4.5s guy. Really loved what I previewed here with him as a receiver. If he’s 6’3” and/or above and running in the 4.5s…he’s a top 50 draft pick potential. Generates thoughts of a smaller version of Travis Kelce (same college).

TE Jacob Breeland, Oregon, 6’4”/250 (Grade: C)

Really progressed as a receiver from 2018 to 2019. Not the fastest TE, but he looks improved on that since I previewed him summer 2019. Reliable, sturdy, decent blocker. He’s the classic, old-school TE prospect the NFL likes – more reliable, sound than electric.

 

TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame, 6’4”/250 (Grade: C)

I don’t get why Kmet is the universal top TE prospect in this draft. He’s got size, and he’s strong/balanced. He holds up in combat but he’s not that athletic…athletic enough for the NFL, but not as some obvious 1st-round pick TE. OK hands. Not great running east-west. He’s an average/good TE prospect boosted by the ‘Notre Dame brand’ and a nice game against Georgia in the opening week of the 2020 season. He’s decent but overrated for the NFL…I’ll change my mind if he blows away the Combine (but not likely to do so).

  

TE Colby Parkinson, Stanford, 6’6”/250 (Grade: C+)

Big/long TE with reach, decent athleticism for a TE. Plays comfortably lined up as a WR a lot but is slow for a WR (and tall) but decent feet for a TE. Does a nice job using his height to his advantage high-pointing catches. He’s a little better J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who happens to play TE. And may I remind everyone I told you JJAW was a terrible WR prospect from the jump…and I was right. Parkinson is in a better boat because he’s bigger and a TE.

TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue, 6’5”/245 (Grade: B-)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

TE size, TE look…but runs like a WR once he gets going. Very quick feet and a little breakaway-type speed (for a TE). Big Ten TE of the Year…and is much quicker/faster than last year’s winner of that award (T.J. Hockenson). A tight end that can move like this is going top 50 in the draft, I would assume. He is a faster/quick version of Hockenson as a first reaction comparison.

 

TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, 6’4”/260 (Grade: B)

From my Senior Bowl previews…

He’s a legit NFL starting TE prospect. He has the size, and with the size he has pretty nice movement skills. If he cut 10 pounds and added more lean muscle he could be really higher-end in movement numbers at the NFL Combine, and more of a late 1st-round type of TE prospect. Good hands. Good open field speed and toughness. He just played in a terrible passing game in 2019, so his senior season was unnoticeable. Not his fault. He’s like a better version of Ian Thomas.

 

TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri, 6’5”/255 (Grade: B)

A real receiving threat TE…a lesser Dallas Goedert. Fantastic end zone/contested pass option. Good concentration tracking down throws when covered but has better-than-average athleticism for a TE that he can use to get open and go after the catch. Could be the best pure receiving TE in the draft.



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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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