Last Updated: Apr 26, 2011 2:23 PM
In addition to our rankings and combine recap, we had our friend Todd DeVries, who runs our brother site CollegeFootballGeek.com and is the leading expert in College Fantasy Football, add some insight about this incoming group of players.
1 Kyle Rudolph, Norte Dame(6'6 259 pounds): Rudolph did not participate in the combine's physical drills because he is still recovering from hamstring surgery. Though scouts, coaches, and team GM's didn't get to see Rudolph in action, he's still considered this year's top Tight End. At 6'6, Rudolph towers over Defensive Backs and most linebackers. Plus he has the speed to get open and break out of routes. In terms of receiving ability, Rudolph is best in class, blocking on the other hand isn't his forte.
College Football Geek Insight: Great playmaker with nice athleticism. Good speed for his size (6-foot-6 and 260 pounds). Not a great blocker. Outstanding hands. One concern is durability as Rudolph dealt with numerous injuries while in South Bend.
2 D.J.Williams Arkansas(6'2, 245 pounds) Williams was a big part of the Razor Backs passing attack during his tenure at Arkansas. He's got decent speed (ran a 4.67 40 yard dash) and consistently caught passes thrown his way while playing in the tough SEC. He was a quality run blocker and should be able to hold his own on the Pro Level. But his height for an NFL TE is a bit below average, so he isn't going to be much of a Red Zone threat.
College Football Geek Insight: Athletic receiver with good hands. Good character guy. Good inside blocker. Could also play H-back or fullback. Not very fast. At 6-foot-1, he is not an ideal height.
3 Luke Stocker, Tennessee e(6'5, 259 pounds): Stocker is big and strong but not overly fast. He ran a 4.78 40 yard dash (about average for TEs), but tied for most repetitions in the best bench press with 27. He's a decent route runner and knows how to get open in zone coverage. Stocker uses his weight and height to his advantage by warding off Defenders when catching passes. But when Defenders man up against him in the NFL, Stocker will likely find it difficult to get open.
College Football Geek Insight: Blue collar grinder who does all of the little things well. Not very fast or elusive. Not an outstanding receiver but can get the job done.
4 Lance Kendricks Wisconsin (6'3, 243 pounds): Kendricks displayed his athleticism at the combine with a 4.75 second 40 yard dash, 25 repetitions on the bench, and a 10'2 broad jump, which was the 2nd longest jump among TEs. He has the speed to run past linebackers but lacks the ball awareness needed to consistently make catches down field. He'll need to develop a solid rapport with his NFL QB, because in college he dropped some very catchable passes.
College Football Geek Insight: Has enough speed to create mismatches with linebackers. His receiving numbers don't wow you, but remember Wisconsin is a power running team. Pretty good blocker. Needs to catch more with his hands, less with his body.
5 Virgil Green, Nevada (6'3, 249 pounds): If there is any player out of this group that can draw comparisons to an athletic Tight End like Vernon Davis or Jermichael Finley, it's Green. His 42.5 inch vertical leap was the best for TEs. He ran the 3rd fastest 40 yard dash (4.64 seconds), and pumped out 23 reps on the bench. His size, speed, strength, and athleticism make him a promising NFL prospect. While playing for Nevada, Green flashed the ability to come down with the difficult catch and make plays downfield, but he'll need to develop into a better route runner in order to succeed in the NFL.
College Football Geek Insight: Physical freak. Very athletic. Didn't see a whole lot of targets as Nevada's bread and butter was the running game. Blocking is a question mark.
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