2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Brock Bowers leads an interesting tight end class

Previewing the 2024 NFL Draft tight end class.
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2024 NFL Draft tight end class ranking No. 9-12

9. Bryson Nesbit, North Carolina: North Carolina’s Bryson Nesbit is another tight end who will likely be used as a pass catcher in the NFL. As a receiver, he shows the speed to work downfield having averaged 14.3 yards per catch this season. He also shows impressive agility and does a great job of making the tough catch on passes underthrown. As a blocker he has limited experience having mainly lined up outside for the Tar Heels. When asked to block he shows average power, and will most likely not be able to hold up against defensive ends or even linebackers in the NFL. Draft Grade: Seventh Round.

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10. Dallin Holker, Colorado State: Colorado State’s Dallin Holker made a wise decision to transfer from BYU to Colorado State. In his three seasons with the Cougars, he had 42 career receptions and only three touchdowns. However, in his one season in Fort Collins, he led all FBS tight ends with 767 receiving yards and also accounted for 64 receptions and six touchdowns. While these statistics are impressive he only carries a seventh-round grade on my board. One of the reasons for this low draft grade is he possesses only average speed and athletic ability. He also is not an elite blocker and is not asked to play as an in-line tight end often. While his potential may be limited at the next level he is a good-sized target (6-5) who can make the tough catch in traffic. Draft Grade: Seventh Round.

11. Jake Briningstool, Clemson: The 2023 season was a breakout year for Jake Briningstool, as he set the school record for most receptions for a Clemson tight end with 50 catches, and also set the single-game receiving yard mark for a tight end with catching five passes for 126 yards against Miami. Despite these numbers though he will be looked at as a late-round draft prospect or undrafted free agent. The main reason for this is his lack of bulk coming in at 6-foot-6 and only 230 pounds. He also doesn’t offer much as a blocker despite giving good effort due to a lack of functional strength. Overall, look for teams to look at him as more of a big slot wide receiver, than your all-around tight end. Draft Grade: Seventh Round.

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12. Isaac Rex, BYU: Issac Rex is a good receiving option who uses his 6-foot-6 255-pound frame to shield defenders from the ball. To go along with his size he also has solid speed and is a good mid-range passing target. His biggest flaw is his run-blocking ability. In this area, he doesn’t show much strength and has trouble breaking down in space. One more concern scouts will have with him is his long list of injuries he suffered in college. Draft Grade: Seventh Round