Top Five 2011 NFL Prospects – Tight End

1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame, 6’6 265
– Scouting report available

2. D.J. Williams, Arkansas, 6’2 250
– Scouting report available

3. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin, 6’4 240
– Scouting report available

4. Luke Stocker, Tennessee, 6’6 253
Pos: Route running, focus Neg: Speed, elusiveness Draft Pro: 3rd round
Similar: Steve Heiden (Cle)

5. Andre Smith, Virginia Tech, 6’5 272
Pos: Blocking, upside Neg: Speed, route running Draft Pro: 3rd-4th round
Similar: Robert Royal (Cle)

Speed
D.J. Williams, Arkansas
Has the speed and release quickness to get down the seam and challenge coverage. His technique to avoid the jam continued to improve, which allowed him to establish position in his route and get downfield.
Hands
Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
-I didn’t see a single dropped pass from Rudolph. He makes tough catches look easy and is very natural with his hands. He should be a reliable target for years to come at the next level.

Route Running
Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
-Knows how to setup defenders and push them away from his reception point. Has the size and strength to gain and maintain position with consistency; translates well to the NFL.

Blocking
Andre Smith, Virginia Tech
– Andre Smith was almost another lineman for the Hokies. He opened up running lanes, sealed the edge, and neutralized secondary defenders in space, all with great leverage and consistency.


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