2018 NFL Draft: Analyzing 2018’s Top Tight Ends
We have gone through the QBs, RBs, and WRs, and now, we have one more offensive weapon position to go over, the Tight Ends. I don’t think this year is a great crop of TEs, but there are a couple I like who are worthy of a 1st or 2nd round pick. Today, I’m going to be going over who I consider the top six TEs because, after those six, I think there is a solid drop-off. So, without further ado, let’s get to the top TEs in the 2018 NFL Draft. (Players are listed in order of my rankings)
Dallas Goedert – South Dakota State
Most have Goedert as the 2nd or 3rd best TE, but I have him as No. 1. In today’s NFL where TEs aren’t truly TEs, Goedert has an early jump on playing like a WR. Even though he still has the size at 6’5 255 pounds, Goedert plays a lot like Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. Last year he caught 72 balls for 1111 yards and seven TDs. The year before, he caught 92 balls for 1293 yards and 11 TDs. He’s a legit offensive weapon.
Mark Andrews – Oklahoma
Andrews may not get picked until day 3, but I really like what he did last year. Andrews is a lot like Goedert in that he can play like a big slot WR. He showed off his speed with a 4.67 forty despite his frame of 6’5 256 pounds. He has gotten better every year and peaked as No. 1 of Baker Mayfield’s favorite targets by the end of the year last year. He finished the year with 62 catches for 958 yards and 8 TDs.
Mike Gesicki – Penn State
Gesicki is the man that most people have at the top of their TE list. He will be likely taken 1st and in the middle of the 1st round. He is a great athlete and can separate in his route. He’s a really good route runner and has nice hands. He needs to get a little stronger and 10 pounds of muscle could really help that. He needs to commit to being a better blocker, but practically all the TE’s need to do that. Other than that, he doesn’t really have any glaring weaknesses.
Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
Hurst is another good option at TE. He has good athleticism and played both in the slot, as well as inline. He does a little of everything and is more of the traditional TE that catch and block, ala Jason Witten and Dallas Clark. Biggest knock is that he’ll be 25 soon and most think he is already at his peak. It’s his job to prove everyone wrong.
Ian Thomas – Indiana
Thomas is someone who I feel should be a day 3 pick, but with the lack of depth in this year’s TE group, he will likely be taken in round 3. He is still very green and has a lot to learn. He has good raw talent, but the team that picks him probably shouldn’t expect a lot early. He also sometimes shows a lack of desire, so he needs to be motivated.
Dalton Schultz – Stanford
Schultz is more of the old school blocking TE that will catch a pass every once in a while. If you want a TE to help your running game, he may be the best one to take in the draft. He knows how to get open on short routes and can find the holes in zones. It would help if he put on 10 pounds of muscle to support his strength in blocking.
Tight Ends typically aren’t the most talked about position and this year won’t be any different. It’s a solid group, but I’d say that last year’s class was better. Despite that, they still have some pretty good athletes and a nice mix of pass catchers and blockers. I think that only 1 will go in round 1, but as much as 4 could be taken by the end of round 2. It will be interesting to see where thee guys go and if they can maximize their potential.