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TE Scouting Reports - 2024

Bird’s Eye View: Positional Analysis

The 2024 TE class is a case of regression to the norm after last year's fantastic class that featured Sam LaPorta (Detroit), Dalton Kincaid (Buffalo), and Luke Musgrave (Green Bay). This year's class has neither the high end talent nor depth of the 2023 TE class, although the best prospect observed at the position in three decades is Brock Bowers (Georgia), an elite talent with true difference making ability. Other top prospects with starting potential in this year's class include Ja'Tavion Sanders (Texas) and Theo Johnson (Penn State).

Positional Grade: B-

Brock Bowers / Georgia

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Player Comparison:
George Kittle / San Francisco

Brock Bowers / Georgia

6031 / 243 / 9.6” Hands / 32.6” Arms / 78.2” Wingspan

Desired size, height, and length for an in-line TE. Extremely athletic and fast – runs and moves like a WR. Soft, natural hands. A load to tackle in space – creates YAC through speed, power, and tenacity. Lowers his pads and delivers blows to defenders. Legit deep speed normally not seen in TEs. Physical blocker who lacks some desired size in-line but gives good effort. Used as a ball carrier in the running game and runs like a young Mike Alstott. One of the best prospects at the position seen in three decades of scouting.

Ja'Tavion Sanders / Texas

6037 / 245 / 10.1” Hands / 32.7” Arms / 78.2” Wingspan

4.69 40

Looks like a big WR lacking the build or mass desired for an in-line TE. Very fast with great agility for his size. Uncovers easily. Covers ground with huge strides. YAC monster due to speed and gait. Can adjust to the off-target throw. Moves and plays like a big WR. Very well-coordinated and is a smooth athlete. Great potential with only middling production in college.

Ja'Tavion Sanders / Texas

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Player Comparison:
Hayden Hurst / LA Chargers

Jaheim Bell / Florida State

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Player Comparison:
Gerald Everett / Chicago

Jaheim Bell / Florida State

6020 / 241 / 10” Hands / 33” Arms / 78.6” Wingspan

4.61 40 / 35” vertical / 10’4” broad jump

Transfer from South Carolina. Average size and length. Large catch radius for his size. Fast and powerful – gains YAC in chunks. Looks like a RB with the ball in his hands – drops pads and delivers punishment. Improving blocker. Size may translate best to H-back or FB but competes and has enough blocking ability to try in-line.

Isaac Rex / BYU

6051 / 244 / 31.4” Arms / 77.6” Wingspan

Prototypical NFL size. Large wingspan. Athletic and is dangerous in the open field. Reliable target in the middle of the field. Fast and covers ground with huge strides. Great concentration skills – very good hands. Can reach outside the frame of his body and snag the off-target throw. Ineffective in-line blocker who may not have enough blocking ability to start in the NFL.

Isaac Rex / BYU

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Player Comparison:
Dawson Knox / Buffalo

Mason Pline / Furman

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Player Comparison:
John Bates / Washington

Mason Pline / Furman

6061 / 255 / 32.4” Arms / 78.5” Wingspan

Transfer from Ferris State where he played basketball for two years. Possesses desired frame and mass for in-line blocking duties. Large wingspan. Sneaky athlete that catches the ball and is a load to take down in space. May need a season or two on the practice squad but looks like an NFL TE.

Dylan Leonard / Georgia Tech

Lacks some desired size and mass but has an athletic frame. Works hard as a stalk blocker and gives outstanding effort. Lacks some strength and falls off some blocks. Lines up primarily as an H-back. Runs good routes and displays reliable hands. Uses size and reach well via leaping ability and high pointing the ball. Athletic and runs well in the open field.

Dylan Leonard / Georgia Tech

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Player Comparison:
Luke Farrell / New Orleans

Trent Pennix / North Carolina State

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Player Comparison:
James Mitchell / Detroit

Trent Pennix / North Carolina State

Good size with good height and a solid build. Runs well and covers ground with speed and physicality. Tough and willing to get drilled to make a play. Physical and tough in-line blocker who gets minimal movement in the run game. Movement skills project well for a possible conversion to FB. Athletic enough to be developed into a solid contributor.

Ben Sinnott / Kansas State

6037 / 250 / 9.4” Hands / 32.3” Arms / 77.4” Wingspan

4.68 40 / 40” vertical / 10’6” broad jump / 6.82 3 cone drill

Possesses desired height with a solid frame. Athletic and moves easily – effective against both man and zone coverage. Fluid and can create separation through quickness and route precision. Soft hands. Quality H-back / FB lead blocker on running plays. Lacks some size and strength for in-line blocking duties but gives maximum effort.

Ben Sinnott / Kansas State

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Player Comparison:
Noah Gray / Kansas City

Mason Fairchild / Kansas

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Player Comparison:
Drew Sample / Cincinnati

Mason Fairchild / Kansas

6026 / 248

Good height and build. Experienced and reliable. Strong hands. Will compete at the catch point. Average speed and gains little YAC due to athletic limitations. Physical blocker – quality in-line TE who can generate movement at the POA. High effort player who may not have the athleticism to contribute to special teams in the NFL.

Jared Wiley / TCU

6061 / 249 / 9.4” Hands / 33.2” Arms / 79.2” Wingspan

4.62 40 / 37” vertical / 9’10” broad jump / 7.19 3-cone drill

Tall, well-built TE with a large catch radius. Lines up both in-line and out wide. Excellent leaping ability. Strong hands. Great body control and can extend, pluck, and make the acrobatic catch. Gains YAC through power and grit. Gives effort in blocking but needs to improve strength and tenacity to become more than a wall off blocker. Good speed but is not overly sudden or explosive.

Jared Wiley / TCU

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Player Comparison:
Donald Parham / LA Chargers

Cade Stover / Ohio State

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Player Comparison:
Hunter Henry / New England

Cade Stover / Ohio State

6037 / 247 / 9.6” Hands / 32.6” Arms / 77.2” Wingspan

4.65 40 / 34.5” vertical / 9’9” broad jump

Ideal build for the modern era TE – tall, thick body, powerful legs, and long arms. Nice hands. Runs with power and is a load to take down in the open field. Gains YAC through power and tenacity. Good blocker when he sinks his hips and plays with leverage. Minimum long speed and won’t run away from safeties. High points the ball at the catch point and displays good leaping ability.

Erick All / Iowa

6043 / 252 / 10.1” Hands / 33” Arms / 79” Wingspan

Transfer from Michigan. Good size, frame, and wingspan. Runs well. Reliable hands. Quality route runner. High points the ball and typically wins at the catch point. Tough and competitive blocker who lacks some desired strength and power. Tore his ACL in October 2023 and missed the rest of the season.

Erick All / Iowa

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Player Comparison:
Juwan Johnson / New Orleans

Brevyn Spann-Ford / Minnesota

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Player Comparison:
Payne Durham / Tampa Bay

Brevyn Spann-Ford / Minnesota

6064 / 260 / 10.2” Hands / 33.3” Arms / 80” Wingspan

4.76 40 / 31.5” vertical / 9’8” broad jump / 7.38 3-cone drill

Large man with a huge wingspan. Surprisingly fast and agile for his size. Possesses big, soft hands but is prone to concentration drops. Athletic and can dig out passes despite his size. Solid route runner. Gains YAC through power, speed, and tenacity. Good positional blocker who could use more physicality at the POA. Waist-bender who falls off some blocks in the running game.

AJ Barner / Michigan

6060 / 251 / 9” Hands / 33.3” Arms / 81.7” Wingspan

Transfer from Indiana. Good size with a large catch radius. Competitive blocker who works hard to maintain blocks through the echo of the whistle but lacks some desired strength to maintain blocks. Very large target with soft hands and good hand-eye coordination. Limited YAC ability and won’t threaten the defense with speed. Leverages the field effectively against zone coverage. Smart and assignment sound.

AJ Barner / Michigan

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Player Comparison:
Will Dissly / LA Chargers

Theo Johnson / Penn State

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Player Comparison:
TJ Hockenson / Minnesota

Theo Johnson / Penn State

6061 / 259 / 10.2” Hands / 33” Arms / 80.6” Wingspan

4.58 40 / 32.5” vertical / 10’5” broad jump / 7.15 3-cone drill

Possesses ideal size with a large frame, good mass, and a large catch radius. Uses size well to block out DBs on intermediate and short patterns. Very good hands and can reach and snag passes thrown outside the frame of his body. Good coordination and athleticism. Fast and sudden and is difficult for LBs to cover. Experienced and solid run blocker with the desired size for in-line blocking responsibilities.

Tip Reiman / Illinois

6047 / 271 / 10.4” Hands / 32.7” Arms / 79.4” Wingspan

4.64 40 / 33.5” vertical / 7.02 3 cone drill / 28 reps (225 lbs)

Very big TE possessing mass, length, and frame for traditional in-line blocking TE duties. Little experience or production in college. Moves well for his size. Primarily blocked for a run-focused attack at Illinois. Worked out exceptionally well at the combine and may be a better NFL than college player – great athlete with untapped upside.

Tip Reiman / Illinois

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Player Comparison:
Darnell Washington / Pittsburgh

Zach Heins / South Dakota State

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Player Comparison:
Zack Kuntz / NY Jets

Zach Heins / South Dakota State

6061 / 254

Has the desired frame and mass for in-line blocking duties. Large catch radius. Athletic with good leaping ability. Tough and willing to climb the stairs to snag the ball, even when contact is incoming. Tough and has experience in operating as an in-line blocker in a pro-style system.

Devin Culp / Washington

6031 / 251 / 9.2” Hands / 32.7” Arms / 78.4” Wingspan

4.47 40

Good size and length for an H-back but lacking some mass for in line blocking. Athletic and fluid – creates separation with quickness and agility. Soft, natural hands. Looks and moves like a WR – difficult match up in space for most LBs and safeties. Ineffective blocking on the line and will be a mismatch piece in the passing game as an H-back or move TE.

Devin Culp / Washington

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Player Comparison:
Ian Thomas / Carolina

Dallin Holker / Colorado State

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Player Comparison:
Tucker Kraft / Green Bay

Dallin Holker / Colorado State

6033 / 241 / 10.2” Hands / 33.5” Arms / 78.1” Wingspan

4.78 40 / 32.5” vertical / 10’2” broad / 6.83 3-cone drill

Transfer from BYU. Has minimal starting experience having only started one year at CSU. Possesses an adequate frame and mass for an H-back. Lacks some mass and power for in-line blocking. Athletic – displays good body control and hand-eye coordination. Tracks the ball in the air well. Gains YAC through speed and toughness.

Jack Westover / Washington

6025 / 243 / 9.1” Hands / 32.1” Arms / 77.1” Wingspan

Undersized in-line TE who feasts on single coverage. Reliable hands. Dangerous end zone target. Adjusts well to the off-target pass. Good body control and sideline awareness. Clutch player who comes up with big plays when needed. Undersized and underpowered for in-line duties but athletic, scrappy, and tough. Competes on every rep.

Jack Westover / Washington

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Player Comparison:
Brock Wright / Detroit
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