Yesterday, I examined the wide receivers available for the 2008 NFL Draft; today, I will look at the tight ends expected to be available for the 2008 NFL Draft. Below, you will find the player’s name, school, a brief narrative about the player and the team expected to draft him. Here we go:
1. John Carlson, Notre Dame
Is what you’d consider a great natural athlete. Has very good size (6’6″, 259) with long arms. Runs very good routes and can stretch the field. Very good blocker; high football IQ with a great work ethic. His downside is his speed is just OK; not overly elusive or a big play threat.
Team likely to draft him: Seattle (2nd round)
2. Fred Davis, USC
Excellent prospect; is very good at reading defenses. Has good quicks. Has fair size (6’4″, 250); has good run and catch ability with excellent body control. Can and will create mismatches due to his intangibles. Downside for Davis – only an adequate blocker, has only average speed for a TE.
Team likely to draft him: Cincinnati (3rd round)
3. Martin Rucker, Missouri
Has very good pass-catching skills, very good speed for a TE. Has a very good work ethic, always looking to get better at his craft. Could possibly be a fullback at times to carry the ball as he did so while at Missouri. His downside – could improve as a blocker; needs to use his size to his advantage.
Team likely to draft him: Buffalo (3rd round)
4. Dustin Keller, Purdue
Converted wide receiver; has good speed and hands. Could create mismatches against linebackers and some safeties as his vertical leap is excellent. Downside – only an adequate blocker; will ply his trade as mainly a pass-catching TE at the NFL level.
Team likely to draft him: Tennessee Titans (3rd round)
5. Craig Stevens, California
Very fluid at the TE position. Has a solid build (6’5″, 254) and quickness. Has good hands; very good route runner and has a very good work ethic. Downside – sometimes catches passes too close to his body. Lacks speed to stretch the field. His timed 40 speed will determine his draft position.
Team likely to draft him: Minnesota (4th round)