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2018 TE Prospect Grades

Date:
April 21, 2018

This is a pretty talented group of TE prospects in 2018.

-- Dallas Goedert leads the class for us. He stands apart because he's such a high-end receiving weapon but also a sneaky good blocker.

-- You might think it odd that Jaylen Samuels is ranked up as highly as he is. Most scouting services and media types don't even list him as a TE prospect...they list/scout him as an RB prospect. That's part of his charm...one of the most unique TE prospects in history -- a freaky, but small, 'move' TE weapon with WR hands but is also a legit NFL power RB prospect. There's been nothing like him...ever...in my studies at TE.

-- Hayden Hurst is the traditional, safe play as atop TE prospect...he's good...just not as upside-good as Goedert, and nothing like Samuels (no one is).

-- Mike Gesicki has to be taken seriously because of his off-the-charts measurables...but I don't see the 'on paper' guy on tape at all.

-- Mark Andrews didn't ring up as well for us as the national experts have him. He's plausible but nothing special.

-- Ian Thomas and Jordan Thomas are sleepers in this class...guys that didn't grade well but there are signs of something. Jordan Thomas could be a slight-shock TE in the NFL.

-- Tyler Hoppes is moving up our board...a baby Vance McDonald type. Great movement skills, really nice of the line and with his downfield receiver skills.

-- Blake Mack is a poor man's Jordan Reed...but may be more MyCole Pruitt.

-- Allen Lazard on here as a possible projection to TE

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This is a pretty talented group of TE prospects in 2018.

-- Dallas Goedert leads the class for us. He stands apart because he's such a high-end receiving weapon but also a sneaky good blocker.

-- You might think it odd that Jaylen Samuels is ranked up as highly as he is. Most scouting services and media types don't even list him as a TE prospect...they list/scout him as an RB prospect. That's part of his charm...one of the most unique TE prospects in history -- a freaky, but small, 'move' TE weapon with WR hands but is also a legit NFL power RB prospect. There's been nothing like him...ever...in my studies at TE.

-- Hayden Hurst is the traditional, safe play as atop TE prospect...he's good...just not as upside-good as Goedert, and nothing like Samuels (no one is).

-- Mike Gesicki has to be taken seriously because of his off-the-charts measurables...but I don't see the 'on paper' guy on tape at all.

-- Mark Andrews didn't ring up as well for us as the national experts have him. He's plausible but nothing special.

-- Ian Thomas and Jordan Thomas are sleepers in this class...guys that didn't grade well but there are signs of something. Jordan Thomas could be a slight-shock TE in the NFL.

-- Tyler Hoppes is moving up our board...a baby Vance McDonald type. Great movement skills, really nice of the line and with his downfield receiver skills.

-- Blake Mack is a poor man's Jordan Reed...but may be more MyCole Pruitt.

-- Allen Lazard on here as a possible projection to TE

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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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