The tight end class for the 2014 NFL Draft has a clear-cut No. 1 player in Washington junior Austin Seferian-Jenkins. After him, there are some questions.
Last season, Seferian-Jenkins had 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers were better than Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert and Stanford's Zach Ertz. He's a highly athletic player who used to moonlight on the Huskies' basketball team. He even lined up at defensive end at times.
But there are some injury issues with Seferian-Jenkins. He had a leg issue last season and broke his finger this offseason. He also been hit with a DUI and spent a day in jail. When everything is right with Seferian-Jenkins, though, he's one of those tight ends you see as being the next Rob Gronkowski.
Oregon's Colt Lyerla is a dynamic player. But how much is he a product of the Ducks' system? C.J. Fiedorowicz of Iowa has the size, but is he a good enough athlete? It's just the opposite with North Carolina's Eric Ebron.
Here are our initial tight end rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft. Who is too high and who should be lower?
|1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins | 6'6, 276 pounds | Tight end | Washington * - Preseason notes|
|2. Colt Lyerla | 6'5, 246 pounds | Tight end | Oregon *|
|3. C.J. Fiedorowicz | 6'7, 265 pounds | Tight end | Iowa|
|4. Xavier Grimble | 6'5, 250 pounds | Tight end | Southern California *|
|5. Eric Ebron | 6'4, 245 pounds | Tight end | North Carolina *|
|6. Jace Amaro | 6'5, 260 pounds | Tight end | Texas Tech *|
|7. Marcel Jensen | 6'6, 270 pounds | Tight end | Fresno State|
|8. Arthur Lynch | 6'5, 254 pounds | Tight end | Georgia|
|9. Jacob Pedersen | 6'4, 241 pounds | Tight end | Wisconsin|
|10. Chris Coyle | 6'3, 222 pounds | Tight end | Arizona State|
|11. Ted Bolser | 6'6, 254 pounds | Tight end | Indiana|
|12. Asa Watson | 6'4, 235 pounds | Tight end | North Carolina State|