NFL Draft 2013 best available: Dion Sims leads tight ends


Dion Sims leads the remaining tight ends into the third and final day of the 2013 NFL Draft.

There have been six tight ends selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, but there are several talented ones left for the taking in the final four rounds on Saturday. The first tight end to come off the board was Tyler Eifert, selected by the Bengals in the first round. Then, on Friday, Zach Ertz, Gavin Escobar and Vance McDonald were selected in the second round while Travis Kelce and Jordan Reed were selected in the third.

Here's a look at the best remaining tight ends available for Saturday, the third and final day of the draft.

Top Tight Ends Available

1. Dion Sims, Michigan State

Sims has a big frame and will be a nice, big target for his quarterback at the next level. For his size he has surprising speed and he displays soft hands to bring the ball in. He does have some trouble adjusting to throws and he will likely struggle as a blocker early in his career.

2. Michael Williams, Alabama

Williams has soft hands and excels at catching the ball in traffic and across the middle of the field. He's also a very solid run blocker, which should get him some extra playing time in the NFL. He doesn't have great straight-line speed and will struggle to separate himself from his defenders, though.

3. Ryan Otten, San Diego State

Otten will likely be the second tight end drafted out of San Diego State in 2013 as Escobar was a second-round selection. Otten has strong hands to catch the ball in traffic and can turn upfield for some extra yards after the catch. He lacks in the bulk department and he isn't as quick as elite NFL tight ends.

4. Nick Kasa, Colorado

Kasa played defensive end until late in his junior year when he was switched to tight end. In his one and only season as a full time tight end, Kasa caught 25 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns and was an excellent blocker. He is also famous for letting slip that teams continuously asked if he liked girls the Combine.

5. Levine Toilolo, Stanford

Toilolo is big and will be a good red zone threat because of his ability to go up and get the ball in the air. He has good speed and has the ability to get open deep. However, he can be inconsistent and he struggles as a blocker at times.

Honorable Mention

Joseph Fauria, UCLA

Ryan Griffin, UConn

Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky

Chris Gragg, Arkansas

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