Last year was another down year for tight ends after the elite six or seven. There was a sense that around 15 tight ends around the league could have a strong impact on their team. The position that is known as a safety blanket and the QBs best friend doesn’t come into this draft with a lot of hype this year. As a matter of fact, there only seems to be one tight end that stands that stand a chance of going in the 1st round and that is Hunter Henry from Arkansas. He came in at what was expected from him, measuring 6’5 250 lbs with a 32 and 3/4th inch arm length and a hand size of 9 1/4th inch.
Of the other tight end prospects, Austin Hooper from Stanford and Nick Vannett of Ohio State are 2 interesting prospects that with a good day of field drills could find their way into the 2nd round. After those 3 guys, no one is expected to crack the top 2 rounds and probably will not be one taken early in the 3rd. This seems more like a year to find a solid blocking tight end or someone that you can pick late in the draft with a higher upside.
Below is a list of all the heights, weights, arm, and hand lengths of all the Tight Ends who are at the 2016 NFL Combine.
|Jerell Adams||South Carolina||6-5||247||34 3/8||9 3/4|
|Stephen Anderson||California||6-2||230||32||9 1/4|
|Ben Braunecker||Harvard||6-3||250||32 3/4||9 1/2|
|David Grinnage||N. C. State||6-5||248||34 1/2||10 1/8|
|Temarrick Hemingway||South Carolina State||6-5||244||34||10|
|Hunter Henry||Arkansas||6-5||250||32 3/4||9 1/4|
|Tyler Higbee||Western Kentucky||6-6||249||33 1/4||10 1/4|
|Austin Hooper||Stanford||6-4||254||33 3/4||10 5/8|
|Ryan Malleck||Virginia Tech||6-5||247||32 1/2||9 3/8|
|Jake Mcgee||Florida||6-6||250||32 3/8||9 5/8|
|David Morgan||UTSA||6-4||262||33 5/8||10 1/2|
|Beau Sandland||Montana State||6-5||253||34 1/4||10 1/8|
|Nick Vannett||Ohio State||6-6||257||34 1/4||10|
|Bryce Williams||East Carolina||6-6||257||33 5/8||9 5/8|