2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - TEs
NC State TE George Bryan
NC State TE George Bryan
Posted Aug 11, 2011

CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Tight Ends

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All-Americans & Top 30 Players

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have.


1. Michael Egnew, Sr. Missouri
Egnew got hosed in the Mackey Award voting. D.J. Williams of Arkansas got the honor mostly because he had a great back story about his tough upbringing, but Egnew was the best tight end in America catching 90 passes for 762 yards and five scores. While the 6-6, 240-pounder isn't a field stretcher, but he's an athletic, wide receiver-type who makes lots of good midrange plays catching ten passes against Illinois and Texas A&M and 13 against San Diego State. While he hasn't been an elite scorer so far, and he's not a top shelf blocker, but he'll be a whale of a safety valve.


2. George Bryan, Sr., NC State
A pro-caliber performer with ideal 6-5, 265-poind size, he has earned First Team All-ACC honors in each of the last two years catching 35 balls for 369 yards and three touchdowns in 2010. An improving blocker, he's most valuable when running patterns, showcasing the agility, balance, and soft hands to frustrate opposing linebackers.


3. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Jr. Auburn
Ready to do more at tight end is Lutzenkirchen, who's widely regarded as having the best hands on the team. He emerged as a red zone force, catching late game touchdowns in victories over South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, finishing the year with 15 grabs for 185 yards and five scores. At 6-4 and 253 pounds, he has prototype tight end size, and now it's time to start living up to his promise and potential. One of the top tight ends in the 2009 recruiting class, he broke hearts at Georgia and Florida by bringing his tremendous talent to Auburn. He has prototype NFL H-Back skills with 4.7 speed, toughness, and next-level hands.


4. Orson Charles, Jr. Georgia
Charles will be among the SEC's best tight ends, and he might grow into Georgia's best overall NFL prospect with 6-3, 241-pound size and excellent hands, catching 26 passes for 422 yards and two scores. He and QB Aaron Murray were high school teammates and are always on the same page.

5. David Paulson, Sr. Oregon
Considering the uncertainty at wide receiver, this is a good year for the Ducks to be set at tight end. Paulson is one of the best in the league, earning First Team All-Pac-10 last season. At 6-4 and 241 pounds, he has the build, quickness and soft hands of a quality H-back, making 24 grabs for 418 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.

6. Ladarius Green, Sr. Louisiana-Lafayette
Even if the Ragin' Cajun wide receivers improve, the No. 1 target is still the talented Green, a slippery target who always finds ways to get open and always comes up with the catch leading the team with 44 grabs for 794 yards and seven touchdowns averaging 18 yards per catch. Tall, he's a wiry 6-6, 230-pound matchup nightmare and is terrific around the goal line. Like a big wide receiver and with his skills, he's one of the Sun Belt's most talented weapons, but he's not going to blow anyone away with his blocking.

7. Dwayne Allen, Jr., Clemson
While suspect quarterback play has somewhat limited his potential, the 6-4, 255-pound Allen remains a rising star at tight end. One of the position's top recruits of 2008, he's started 14 straight games and caught 33 balls for 373 yards and a touchdown a year ago. A unique threat as a receiver, he has the athletic skill set to beat linebackers down the seam or in the flat, and has a tremendous work ethic.

8. Kyler Reed, Jr. Nebraska
Reed set the Nebraska record for touchdown catches in a season grabbing a team-leading eight. The team's third-leading receiver, he made 22 catches for 395 yards, making his grabs count, and he can block a little bit, too. The 6-3, 230-pounder is a smart, high-character athlete with the speed to stretch the field, averaging 18 yards per catch, and the toughness to go over the middle.

9. Tyler Eifert, Jr. Notre Dame
The Irish were set at tight end last year with Kyle Rudolph a lead-pipe cinch to win the Mackey Award, but he suffered a bad hamstring injury that knocked him out early. On the plus side, that meant Eifert got more meaningful work finishing fourth on the team with 27 catches for 352 yards and two scores. While he's a pro prospect, the 6-6, 242-pounder isn't quite the talent that Rudolph is … but he's getting there. He stepped up as a prime target over the second half of last year and should be a regular for at least four catches per game.

10. Drake Dunsmore, Sr. Northwestern
In a combination of tight end and fullback, Dunsmore is back as the team's Superback, a 6-3, 235-pound playmaker who caught 40 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns. A great receiver with terrific route running ability, he's a decent blocker who can do a little of everything for the offense, but he's at his best as a safety valve target. Steady more than spectacular, he's a great veteran who should be one of the Big Ten's best tight ends.

11. Rhett Ellison, Sr., USC
12. Lucas Reed, Jr., New Mexico
13. Coby Fleener, Sr. Stanford
14. Brandon Barden, Sr. Vanderbilt
15. James Hanna, Sr. Oklahoma
16. Joe Halahuni, Sr. Oregon State
17. Jake Stoneburner, Jr. Ohio State
18. Ted Bolser, Soph. Indiana
19. Eric Lair, Sr. Minnesota
20. Anthony Miller, Sr. California
21. Tim Biere, Sr. Kansas
22. Josh Chichester, Sr. Louisville
23. Gavin Escobar, Soph., San Diego State
24. Aron White, Sr. Georgia
25. Nick Provo, Sr. Syracuse
26. Evan Rodriguez, Sr. Temple
27. Kevin Koger, Sr. Michigan
28. Michael Williams, Jr. Alabama
29. D.C. Jefferson, Jr. Rutgers
30. Ryan Otten, Jr. San Jose State

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

- Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Safeties
- Cornerbacks | Kickers | Punters | Kick Returners | Punt Returners