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2018 NFL Draft TE Rankings

By Jim Johnson
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Ranking the draftable tight end prospects from the 2018 class, out of Southern Pigskin's coverage area.

These intial rankings are comprised of what right now are the draftable/PFA worthy prospects from our coverage area here at Southern Pigskin -- the ACC, SEC, Sun Belt, and SoCon.

These pre-combine rankings include a basic rundown of strengths and weaknesses, however, after the combine, they will be updated with round projections, player comparisons, and a more in-depth summation of my personal opinion on each respective player.

Starting with the quarterbacks, they will be released one day at a time until all of the position groups are up. After that, they will be easily found in a comprehensive database from a homepage that includes a first round mock draft.

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | IOL (OG/C) | EDGE (DE/3-4 OLB) | DL | LB | CB | S


1. Hayden Hurst, South Carolina: 6’5, 250

Strengths: Might be the most well-rounded tight end in the draft. Competes on every snap. Plus speed for the position. Sure handed, reliable pass catcher. Prototypical size, athleticism.

Weaknesses: Is probably fully developed, physically. Will be a 25-year old rookie. Routes need some polish.

2. Jaylen Samuels, NC State: 5’11, 223

Strengths: Doesn’t fit cleanly into any one position, but there is something to be said for just being good at football -- he is. Dominating pass catcher out of the slot. Gaining comfortability as a ball carrier. Makes plays on screens.

Weaknesses: No real position. Not a great blocker. More drops than would be ideal.

3. Christopher Herndon IV, Miami: 6’4, 252

Strengths: Plus athleticism, can make plays after the catch. Maybe slightly above average hands. Capable blocker. Good release into his routes.

Weaknesses: Speed covers up some of his technical shortcomings. Lack of crispness in routes. Had season ending MCL surgery in 2017.

4. Cam Serigne, Wake Forest: 6’3, 245

Strengths: After battling a case of the drops in 2016, Serigne was one of the sport’s most reliable options in 2017. Above average catch radius. Fearlessly works the middle of the field.

Weaknesses: Has neither ideal size nor athleticism. Effort falls short as a blocker. Not a good enough route runner, given his minus speed, change of direction ability.

5. Ethan Wolf, Tennessee: 6’6, 258

Strengths: Soft hands -- makes catches in traffic. Plus run blocker when he tries. Adequate athleticism. Consistent.

Weaknesses: Never really stood out at Tennessee. Play style could be described as occasionally lackadaisical.

6. Blake Mack, Arkansas State: 6’3, 229

Strengths: Very good athlete -- went to A-State as a receiver. Sure handed. Extremely impressive after the catch.

Weaknesses: Undersized for the position. Not much of a blocker. Lack of strength allows him to be rerouted.

7. Jordan Thomas, Mississippi State: 6’6, 270

Strengths: Physical freak of nature. Rare size-speed combination. Potential-not-production pick.

Weaknesses: Routes are a disaster. Looks unnatural catching the ball. Very raw.

8. Jeb Blazevich, Georgia: 6’5, 245

Strengths: Willing, capable run blocker. Slightly above average athlete. Adapted to his diminished pass catching role at Georgia, over the past two seasons.

Weaknesses: Only average strength for a blocking tight end. Pass catching production is almost nonexistent since 2015, whether it’s his fault or not.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP