The all-star circuit is upon us! After we send 5 staff members to the Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, our entire staff is heading to Mobile for the Senior Bowl. And just wait until you see the coverage we have planned…
To get you ready, we’ve been previewing the prospects slated to participate at the Senior Bowl and next up are the tight ends!
Dax Raymond, Utah State
Raymond has a good shot to be my top-ranked player at the position in Mobile; he and Tommy Sweeney were really tight in my most recent positional rankings. Dax wins with good snappiness through his routes and a ferocious nature with the ball in his hands. The ex-QB convert could improve with his blocking technique, but he projects as a flex TE at the next level anyway.
Josh Oliver, San Jose State
Oliver is an intriguing prospect from a height/weight/speed perspective -- he'll likely tip the Mobile scales around 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. With tremendous length and WR-like ability to attack the football, Oliver will function as a big slot for most NFL teams recruiting his services. A strong performance outside of San Jose State's anemic offense matters a great deal for Oliver, a name to star this week.
Donald Parham, Stetson
Parham is the knock-off Oliver, from an even smaller program, in that he has WR-like ability to track, attack, and corral the football. As I wrote on Parham earlier this month, his 6-foot-8 (!!), 245 pound frame pretty much precludes him from in-line play -- but you're not going to find a much higher ceiling than Parham's.
Tommy Sweeney, Boston College
Sweeney might be painfully moderate, but I think that makes him a likable player. He's an effective run blocker, acceptable in pass protection, and a good receiving threat as a safety valve/underneath option. He catches everything that he can get at least two fingertips on. And by golly, he runs some nice routes, even if they are at 80% of the speed you'd like to see. Ideal depth player.
Drew Sample, Washington
Sample was used by Washington as a West Coast Sweeney, but I think he's an even lesser athlete and doesn't have the same catch radius. Sample brings pretty good power to the point of attack, but can often lose his leverage because he fails to recruit his lower half and drop his hips into contact. Some of his receiving production impresses, especially downfield, but I don't know if he has enough pieces to be more than a TE3.
Foster Moreau, LSU
Great name, Foster Moreau. A full-on throwback blocker who will function more often as an OL6 than a pass-catching option, Moreau has active hands and a powerful base when taking on EDGE rushers and second-level blitzers. He can grab a few balls outside of his frame, but his in-space athleticism generally disappoints.
Trevon Wesco, West Virginia
I kinda have a crush on Wesco. Huge-frame dude mostly did dirty work in the trenches for West Virginia, but when he got downfield targets, he won with catch radius and tremendous tackle-breaking ability. Dude is literally a defensive end playing tight end. He's listed as a fullback/H-back sorta guy on the South squad, but I'll lump him in here.