Preview 2010 - SEC Tight End Rankings
Tennessee TE Luke Stocker
Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top SEC Tight Ends of 2010
Preview 2010 - SEC
The Top Tight Ends
- SEC Skill Position Rankings
1. D.J. Williams, Sr. Arkansas
In the hunt for All-America honors will be Williams, one of the nation's top receiving tight ends with the skills to the NFL right now. Only 6-2, but 251 pounds, he's built more like a fullback, but he has phenomenal hands catching 61 passes for 732 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore before making 32 grabs for 411 yards and three scores last year. With the upgrade in wide receiver he wasn't needed quite as much, but he still produced whenever he got the chance … against the mediocre. While he caught seven passes for 137 yards against South Carolina, he was shut out against Florida, Ole Miss, and LSU, and he was held to two catches for 26 yards against Alabama. The talent is there to become a 50-catch playmaker and a go-to target across the middle.
2. Luke Stocker, Sr. Tennessee
The 6-6, 253-pound senior could've gone early and been a top 100 NFL draft pick, and now he'll be on the All-SEC and All-America tight end short list. He's a do-it-all player who caught 29 passes for 389 yards and five touchdowns as a reliable target and one of the team's best route runners. A bulldozer of a blocker, he's underappreciated for his ability to pound away down the field. Under the new coaching staff, he should blow up with more passes coming his way.
3. Orson Charles, Soph. Georgia
The 6-3, 230-pound sophomore took over the starting tight end job late last year and finished third on the team with 23 catches for 274 yards and three touchdowns. While he's just growing into the job as a key receiver, he has all the tools to be a special target with excellent deep speed averaging 16.3 yards per catch. A top recruit, he's a good blocker, but his worth is more as a big receiver with soft hands and great route running ability.
4. Brandon Barden, Jr. Vanderbilt
Barden finished second on the team with 29 catches for 357 yards and a score as he grew into a more reliable target as the year went on. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, the junior has good size, is a great route runner, and has good hands. The former quarterback is athletic enough to do far more while continuing to be a key target on third downs.
5. Weslye Saunders, Sr. South Carolina
While fullback Patrick DiMarco will spend plenty of time at tight end, more often than not it'll be the massive 6-6, 273-pound Saunders who'll see time after finishing third on the team with 32 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns. Almost like a third tackle who can move just enough to get open in the passing game on a regular basis, he gouged Georgia for eight catches for 96 yards and became a factor over the second half of the year with two catches or more in six of the last seven games.
6. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Soph. Auburn
One of the top tight ends in the 2009 recruiting class, he broke Georgia's and Florida's hearts by bringing his tremendous talent to Auburn. At 6-4 and 246 pounds with wide receiver skills, he has prototype NFL H-Back skills with 4.7 speed, toughness, and next-level hands. He made just five catches for 22 yards and two touchdowns on the year, but now he's expected to be a major part of the passing game and a matchup nightmare down the middle of the field. He could quickly become the team's most dangerous receiver.
7. Jordan Reed, RFr. Florida
Reed will be one of the team's most interesting offensive players. At 6-3 and 240 pounds, the former quarterback is very big, very strong, and he'll try to do his best Tebow impersonation as a runner in place of John Brantley from time to time. Mostly, though, his job will be to take over for Aaron Hernandez as a go-to, playmaking tight end. While he might not be the speedster Hernandez was, he's bigger with an NFL body and the potential to make money at the next level if he progresses into the job over the next few years. It's a bit of a stretch to call him a natural after the change, but he looks the part.
8. Aron White, Jr. Georgia
While Orson Charles is the team's most dangerous receiving tight end, White has a bit more experience starting 12 games last season catching 13 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns. At 6-4 and 236 pounds he's built like a big receiver, but he's a big play target who'll thrive once again in two tight end sets. He's just physical enough to be a plus for the ground game.
9. DeAngelo Peterson, Jr. LSU
Peterson went from being a decent wideout prospect to a potentially explosive tight end. At 6-4 and 240 pounds, he's tall, lean, and moves extremely well. A star this offseason and a primetime target for Jordan Jefferson, he should be a huge part of the passing attack after catching five passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. He could become a dream of an NFL H-Back.
10. Marcus Green, Jr. Mississippi State
For a passing game that needed to find playmakers, Green stepped up. While he's only a fullback-like 6-1 and 235 pounds, the star running back recruit made the adjustment and finished second on the team with 27 catches for 306 yards and three scores highlighted by a five-catch, 100-yard, one touchdown day against LSU. He's a willing blocker, if not a good one, but he's great at getting into the open field and he's shifty enough to be a factor for the short to midrange passing game. He'll be more than just a safety valve.