Analyzing The 2009 Drafts Top Tight End Prospects

Published on April 19, 2009 by     

brandon-pettigrewPettigrew is a versatile tight end with all-around skills that translate well to the pros. Though he lacks elite speed, Pettigrew shines as a receiver due to his exceptional hands and ball skills. As a big target over the middle of the field, Pettigrew should thrive as a “move the chains” playmaker in the passing game. Additionally, he possesses the blocking skills that are a tough find at the position. Pettigrew’s status has taken a tumble since his disappointing showing at the combine, but his overall ability is too good to ignore in the first round.

Rank
Player
School
Height
Weight
Projected round
1.
Oklahoma State
6-5
263
1
Analysis: Pettigrew is a versatile tight end with all-around skills that translate well to the pros. Though he lacks elite speed, Pettigrew shines as a receiver due to his exceptional hands and ball skills. As a big target over the middle of the field, Pettigrew should thrive as a “move the chains” playmaker in the passing game. Additionally, he possesses the blocking skills that are a tough find at the position. Pettigrew’s status has taken a tumble since his disappointing showing at the combine, but his overall ability is too good to ignore in the first round.NFL landing spot: Pettigrew would give Matt Ryan the that he needs in the middle of the field. Look for the Falcons to pull the trigger with their first-round pick (No. 24).

Rank
Player
School
Height
Weight
Projected round
2.
South Carolina
6-5
246
2
Analysis: As an explosive athlete with an outstanding combination of size, speed and receiving skills, Cook is an ideal threat down the middle of the field. He is a rare deep threat at the position, and is sure to boost any passing game. While Cook’s blocking and inconsistent effort frustrates some scouts, his talent is so enticing that some teams rate the former Gamecock as a borderline first-round pick.NFL landing spot: The Bills are attempting to surround Trent Edwards with enough weapons to field a potent , and Cook would be an excellent target down the middle. Cook should still be on the board when the Bills (No. 42) are on the clock in the second round.

Rank
Player
School
Height
Weight
Projected round
3.
Southern Miss
6-5
240
2-3
Analysis: The Golden Eagle standout is an athletic pass catcher with excellent movement skills and hands. Though he is not as explosive as others at the position, Nelson is a reliable weapon who excels as a playmaker in the middle. Moreover, he shows the potential to excel as a blocker at the pro level, and is clearly one of the top tight end prospects available in this year’s draft.NFL landing spot: Nelson is one of the few players with the potential to develop into a complete tight end, and a team will look to scoop him up at the bottom of the second round. Possible suitors could include the Eagles (No. 53) and Cardinals (No. 63).

Rank
Player
School
Height
Weight
Projected round
4.
Rice
6-3
246
3
Analysis: The ultra-versatile playmaker is a pass catching phenom with the potential to be a matchup nightmare on the perimeter. Casey’s athleticism overwhelms linebackers, and his size advantage allows him to dominate smaller defensive backs. The former pro baseball player has the adaptability to be a vital part of a “wildcat” offense after playing multiple positions during his collegiate career (Casey lined up at tight end, fullback, quarterback, safety and defensive end during his stint at Rice). Though Casey will need time to develop into a conventional tight end, his special skills make him an intriguing prospect as a utility player.NFL landing spot: Casey’s talent and versatility make him an ideal “move” tight end for a team that employs multiple tight end sets as part of their base offense.

Rank
Player
School
Height
Weight
Projected round
5.
Missouri
6-6
244
3-4
Analysis: The former Tiger projects as an H-Back prospect after enjoying a stellar career at Missouri. As a natural pass catcher with outstanding ball skills and awareness, Coffman is an outstanding player well versed in the passing game. Not only does he stand out as a pass catcher, he enters the league as one of the best route runners in the game. Though he lacks experience as a conventional blocker, his receiving skills are so superb that he could shine as a “move” tight end as a pro.NFL landing spot: With the tight end slowly replacing the fullback in most offenses, a versatile pass catcher such as Coffman could fill many roles as a possible H-back. The middle of the draft is where one-dimensional tight ends typically come off the board, so expect to hear Coffman’s name called in the third or fourth round.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

141124wagner660

Bobby Wagner goes from not playing for five games to playing all but one play vs Cardinals

After missing five games with a toe injury, Bobby Wagner was back at middle linebacker for Sunday’s win ...
141125-nfcwest-660

Know Your Enemy: NFC West Update on 49ers, Rams, Cardinals

Seattle's Week 12 win over the Arizona Cardinals should make for a more interesting stretch-run in the hyper-competitive ...
141124mmm660

Russell Wilson’s impromptu plays paved way for important victory

This one, as it turned, also was on Russell Wilson. After a week in which the Seahawks’ third-year quarterback ...
141123wagner660a

Seahawks cut Cardinals’ lead in NFC West to two games

In a game they had to have, the Seahawks regained their swagger and recaptured their dominating ways in ...
140904glance660

Seahawks play like the champs, roll Packers, 36-16

So this is what defending a Super Bowl championship looks like. Actually, it looked plenty like how the Seahawks ...
140902britt600

The Avril affect has played into Justin Britt’s development

If Pete Carroll has said it once, the Seahawks’ coach has said it just about every time he ...
140828walters600

Seahawks re-sign WR Bryan Walters, waive WR Phil Bates

Bryan Walters’ weekend was a lot like his performance in the Seahawks’ preseason finale on Thursday night. It ...
20140901upnext600

Up next: Green Bay Packers

As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks will host the NFL regular-season opener at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz