2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Tight Ends
Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz
Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz
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Posted Aug 8, 2013


CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - Tight Ends


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Player Rankings - TEs


Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects.

2013 CFN Preseason Player Rankings  
Preview 2013 | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
Tight Ends | Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

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Cornerbacks | Safeties | Punters | Placekickers | Returners 
 
1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr. Washington
The junior was arrested on a DUI charge in March, and was subsequently suspended from all team activities. He’s back on the team, but it remains to be seen if he’ll miss any time during the season. Huskies’ fans are holding their collective breath, because Seferian-Jenkins is arguably the most talented and most dangerous pass-catching tight end in the game. The 6-6, 266-pound Mackey Award finalist caught 69 balls for 852 yards and seven touchdowns, showing why he’s a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers and defensive backs.

2. Jacob Pedersen. Sr. Wisconsin
Pedersen is in a salary drive. The next Badger at the position to go off to the NFL, he’s not massive at 6-4 and 237 pounds, but he can block and he’s great at finding his way down the seam catching 27 passes for 355 yards and four scores. He has the athleticism and the hands to make the tough catch, and he’s a solid route runner who works his way open on third downs.

3. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Sr. Iowa
Fiedorowicz was big-time recruit and has NFL tools, but he chose to come back for one more season after finishing third on the team with 45 catches for 433 yards and a score. After originally signing with Illinois, the 6-7, 265-pound senior switched allegiances and has been a key part of the Iowa offense – no he needs to be used more. He has the tools, the size and the athleticism, but the former high school star basketball player has to start stretching the field a bit more and has to be targeted on a regular basis.

4. Blake Jackson, Sr. Oklahoma State
Jackson, a former JUCO transfer, is a big 6-3, 235-pound senior who’s built like a tight end, but has inside receiver skills. Used in a variety of ways, he’s a physical target across the middle and a bit of a field stretcher averaging 19.9 yards per catch on 30 grabs for 598 yards and three scores. A matchup nightmare, the NJCAA All-American at Scottsdale CC was awesome early and good for around three catches per came throughout the year.

5. Eric Ebron, Jr. North Carolina
The junior earned a spot on the All-ACC Second Team in 2012 by nabbing 40 balls for 625 yards and four touchdowns; those 40 receptions were a single-season school record for a tight end. Much more than just a safety net on intermediate routes, Ebron has the gait and the hops to exploit the seam of the defense. The future NFL H-back will again be an underrated component of the passing game, creating mismatches with opposing defenses.

6. Ernst Brun, Sr. Iowa State
7. Arthur Lynch, Sr. Georgia
8. Chris Coyle, Sr. Arizona State
9. Malcolm Johnson, Jr. Miss State
10. Xavier Grimble, Jr. USC
11. Gator Hoskins, Sr. Marshall
12. Alex Bayer, Sr. Bowling Green
13. Jace Amaro Jr. Texas Tech
14. Alan Cross, Soph. Memphis
15. Crockett Gillmore, Sr, Colorado State
16. Sean Price, Soph. USF
17. Kennard Backman, Jr. UAB
18. Kolby Arendse, Sr. Nevada
19. Jake McGee, Jr. Virginia
20. Zane Fakes, Sr. Ball State
21. Nick O’Leary, Jr. Florida State
22. Colt Lyerla, Jr. Oregon
23. Troy Niklas, Jr. Notre Dame
24. Asa Watson, Sr. NC State
25. Rory Anderson, Jr. South Carolina
26. Ted Bolser, Sr. Indiana
27. Jordan Najvar, Sr. Baylor
28. Gabe Holmes, Sr. Purdue
29. Kaneakua Friel, Sr. BYU
30. Richard Rodgers, Jr. California