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2011 NFL Draft - Tight End Rankings
Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph
Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 11, 2011


From a college football perspective, here's the ranking of all the top tight end prospects.

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Top Ten Tight Ends


By Pete Fiutak

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- 2011 NFL Tight End Rankings - No. 11 to 25

This Class Is … deep with a few stars up top. After A.J. Green and Julio Jones it gets a big dicey for a little while, but there are plenty of talented players from around ten to 25. This isn’t the fastest all-around group of receivers, but it’s a good enough class to find a slew of No. 2 and 3 targets.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Greg Little, North Carolina
Most Underrated … Terrence Toliver, LSU
Most Overrated … Titus Young, Boise State
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Stephen Burton, West Texas A&M

1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame 6-6, 259 (Jr.)
Has all the tools to be a terrific all-around NFL tight end with great size and excellent speed. A good blocker who isn’t afraid to get dirty for the ground game, he’s not just a big wide receiver. The problem is his durability with a hamstring injury a few years ago before missing most of last year injured. While he might not last a full season and he’ll always be dinged, he’s the most complete tight end in the draft and will be counted on to be a big part of the passing game right away.
CFN Projection: Second Round

2. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin 6-3, 243
A terrific receiver with great hands, he isn’t afraid to go across the middle and he’s able to go after the ball and fight for the catch around the goal line. He didn’t run all that well in workouts, but he’s fluid on the field and has no problems blowing past linebackers. Considering he went to Wisconsin, he’s an average blocker and he isn’t all that big to be used for a power running game, but he has the talent to be the best of the recent crop of good Badger tight end prospects.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee 6-5, 258
A terrific Combine, even with a slow 40 time, helped his stock and showed he could become a nasty run blocker at the next level. With a good combination of size and athleticism, he has the raw skills to be a decent all-around tight end, but not a great one. He’s very strong, but he’s not an elite blocker and he’s not a sure-thing receiver. Just good enough to be a good starter, he’s not going to bring anything special to the offense, but he’ll be reliable.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

4. Charles Clay, Tulsa 6-3, 245 (FB)
Is he a tight end or a fullback or an H-back or all of the above? He’s not fast, with his 4.73 40 time at the Combine not helping the cause, and he doesn’t have the raw size or the blocking skills to be a blocking back for a running game, but he’s a tremendous receiver. A great route runner, he makes every grab and will use his versatility to find role as a swing player for several positions.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5. D.J Williams, Arkansas 6-2, 245
While he’s a bit too small to be an elite NFL tight end, he’s an elite pass catcher who makes up for his shortcomings with impeccable character and by sucking in every throw he can get a hand on. The Mackey Award winner, he was an overrated college player but has enough talent, quickness, and toughness to become a very good No. 2 tight end option. Think Aaron Hernandez but with better blocking skills.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

6. Zack Pianalto, North Carolina 6-3, 256
Fantastic at the Combine, he made everyone go back to the video to take a longer look at what he did for the Tar heels. He has good size, is a nice receiver, and can be a dangerous and reliable short-to-midrange target. He’s a strong route runner for the passing game and a good blocker for the ground attack, but he has a hard time staying healthy and will never, ever, be around for 16 games. What you see is what you get; there’s not much upside, but he’s plenty good as is.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

7. Virgil Green, Nevada 6-3, 249
The tight end star of the Combine, he made jaws drop with his special athleticism highlighted by a 42” vertical and a 10’10” broad jump. The 4.56 40 wasn’t bad, either. While he’s not all that big and he’s not going to beat anyone up, he’s such a great athlete and he’s such a strong pass catcher that he could be the focal point of a passing game. He could be scratching the surface on what he can become now that he’ll be a part of a pro-style attack, but he’s more of an H-Back than a true tight end. He won’t be for anyone.
CFN Projection: Third Round

8. Lee Smith, Marshall 6-6, 266
Very tall and with tremendous weight room strength, he’s an interesting prospect with enough tools to get some people very excited about his potential as a short-range pass catcher and a blocker. The problem is that he’s SLOWWWWW, but as one of the best run blocking tight ends in the draft, he’ll be great for a tough ground game. He’ll never be the type of star that fans get fired up about, but coaches will love him.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

9. Rob Housler, Florida Atlantic 6-5, 248
A terrific athlete, he was the fastest of the tight ends at the Combine tearing off a 4.55 while zipping through the short drills, but while he’s a great athlete with excellent speed, he’s not bulky and he’ll be mediocre when it comes to providing the big block. He’s not the most natural of receivers and he’s not a great route runner, but don’t be shocked if he’s not a much better pro than he was a collegian.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

10. Weslye Saunders, South Carolina 6-5, 270
Extremely big and with good pass catching skills for a player of his size, he’s an interesting option if he can put it all together. The problem is his lack of athleticism combined with his poor strength. A player of his size should be able to blast away for the ground game, and he can’t. He needs a fire lit under him, and even so the upside might not be there because he’s not expected to work for it. After getting in trouble under Steve Spurrier, getting booted from the team for dealing with an agent, and now he’ll have to be perfect from Day One or he’ll be an easy cut.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round
 
- 2011 NFL Tight End Rankings - No. 11 to 25