Thomas Frank Carr
ESPNR Radio 1450 Draft Analyst
1. Eric Ebron North Carolina
2. Austin Serafin-Jenkins Washington
3. Troy Niklas Notre Dame
4. Jace Amaro Texas Tech
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa
The modern day NFL has changed the priority of the tight end position. Ten years ago C.J. Fiedorowicz would be one of the best of this group, Jace Amaro would be playing another position, Troy Niklas would be playing tackle and Eric Ebron would be described as 'too finesse' to play the position. Now Ebron could be a top 10 pick, Jace Amaro is a one year wonder who could explode at the next level and the classic tight end, Fiedorowicz, is the fifth player on this list. It's an interesting group to be sure. None of them are in the elite class of athletes like Tony Gonzalez, Vernon Davis, or Jimmy Graham, but each possesses something that will help them contribute at the next level.
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I have Austin Serafin-Jenkins ranked as my second tight end but it’s very close between him and Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas. Jenkins is the more finished product at this point but I really like the upside of Troy Niklas. He’s a natural pass blocker, he’s huge and he’s got very good hands. He’s only been playing the position for two years so he is only scratching the surface of his talent. He’s a more natural mover in space than Serafin-Jenkins but at this point he’s a bit of a project.
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