2011 Combine Buzz - The Lousy Tight Ends
Arkansas TE D.J. Williams
Arkansas TE D.J. Williams
Posted Feb 22, 2011

The buzz around the 2011 NFL Combine - Just how bad are the tight ends?

2011 NFL Combine Buzz

The Lousy Tight Ends

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2011 Pre-Combine Buzz
- The Luckless quarterback class
- Cam Newton is expected to do it all
- The star defensive tackles
- All the North Carolina talent and what they'll do
- Where have all the good running backs gone?
- The lousy tight end class
- The 40 star speedster will be ...
- The three players everyone will be talking about
- The offensive tackle pecking order
- The strongest position is ...
- Da'Quan Bowers' knee
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As young men start to parade in their underwear in front of old guys with notepads, here are ten things that all the NFL types are talking about before the fun and merriment of the Combine in Indianapolis kicks in this weekend.

Where are all the tight ends?

The 2010 tight end class was terrific. From Jermaine Gresham's strong year at Cincinnati, to the emergence of Jimmy Graham for New Orleans, to the emergence of late round picks Michael Hoomanawanui for the Rams and Tony Moeaki for the Chiefs, to the play of the Patriot tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, it could be argued that tight end was the strongest position of the draft. It's at the opposite end of the spectrum this year.

There are plenty of nice prospects at this year's Combine, but there are mega-question marks hovering over all the top talents. Notre Dame's Kyle Rudolph is everyone's top prospect, but he's coming off a bad hamstring injury that killed his 2010 season. Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks is a sensational receiver, but he's not a blocker and isn't all that big. D.J. Williams of Arkansas was named the top tight end in college football last year, but he's built like a fullback. Nevada's Virgil Green is a receiver and not a blocker. Tulsa's Charles Clay is a fullback who'll be pushed into a tight end role, and Tennessee's Luke Stocker is a guy, nothing more.

There's nowhere to go but up for most of the tight end prospects, and there's nothing to lose for many in the Combine. Tight end isn't a need position for too many teams, so most are going to be searching for mid-round value among this group with Williams, Stocker, Green, and others sure to be there well beyond the third round. A bad Combine among the tight ends could mean that only seven-to-ten get selected after 20 went in last year's draft.