1. Dallas Goedert – North Dakota State
Dallas Goedert will likely need time to move from smaller college opponents to NFL size and strength. He has a higher ceiling as an overall tight end, but will need more time to develop.
Pro Comparison: Greg Olsen
The potential is there for Goedert to be a very talented every down tight end like Olsen, he will just need time to adjust to NFL speed and strength.
2. Mike Gesicki – Penn State
He will be used more as a “move” tight end that is mostly used as a slot receiver or end zone target. He is a freak athlete with size and could be a beast in the redzone.
Pro Comparison: Eric Ebron
Even though Ebron gets downplayed a lot as a “bust” tight end, he is still a very productive tight end that is a mismatch nightmare for defenses. Gesicki and Ebron are both elite athletes for their size and can be very effective.
3. Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
He is the most complete tight end in the class and could contribute in an NFL offense immediately. He is older and with a low ceiling, but can give you talent right away.
Pro Comparison: Gary Barnidge
A better athlete than Barnidge but a solid overall pass catching tight end that you can count on as a possession receiver.
4. Dalton Schultz – Stanford
He is a tight end that you can plug in as an in-line blocker that can help in the run game to setup play-action. Stanford is known for pumping out solid tight ends and Schultz is yet another solid one.
Pro Comparison: Jack Doyle
Schultz is a solid option like Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts. He will make a nice addition for a team that needs steady contributions from their tight end in the run and pass-game without needing extreme athleticism.
5. Dimitri Flowers – Oklahoma (FB/TE)
He is a versatile weapon for a creative offensive coordinator that can line him up at fullback or tight end, wherever he best creates mismatches.
Pro Comparison: Kyle Juszczyk
A chess piece for Kyle Shanahan that has proven to be a nice weapon for Oklahoma.