After all the talk about Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and Orson Charles during the pre-draft process not one single tight end was drafted in the first round. It’s possible, however, that all three come off the board in the second round. After that there are about two more tight ends that could go on day three.
1. Dwyane Allen, Clemson
I’m in the minority here but I favor Dwayn eAllen to the athletic Fleener. Allen is a better football player than he is Combine athlete. Allen is one of the best combination blockers since Brandon Pettigrew and similar in many ways. Pettigrew was bigger though. Allen has great body control and good hands. Allen is one of my best remaining players, not just best TE available.
2. Coby Fleener, Stanford Cardinal
Fleener is an instant pass receiving threat, but I have reservations. First, while he showed off terrific speed at his proday,I think he’s a long strider who builds up speed and is not dynamic in the short area. He’s also a willing, but not great in-line blocker. He’ll be a reliable red zone option though with his terrific size.
3. Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Charles has had a terrible pre-draft process, but he’s still a good football player. Charles is well built and a tenacious blocker. He might never be a great blocker, but he’ll give you all he can. Charles also is a good receiving threat.
4. Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Egnew is a good receiving threat with a good build, but he had a terrible 2011 season. Egnew has decent hands, but drops a lot of catch-able balls
5. Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana Lafyete
A “TE”. Green is a big option as a receiver, but he’s more of a WR than he is a tight end. A lot of upside as a pass catcher, but I’d be stunned if he was picked by a team like the Steelers or Giants.
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