By Lance Zierlein
April 23, 2013
This is an exciting group of TEs. The NFL game is increasingingly becoming a league of matchups and one of the best ways for offenses to create matchup problems is to find TEs who are strong pass-catchers and who can be moved around the field. The top six TEs in this draft have been used in the slot or out of the backfield or even split out and they all have the talent to come in and start by year two.
LZ Favorites - Vance McDonald and Nick Kasa: To me, there is nothing more dangerous than a bigger TE who can run. Those types of combination TEs are tougher on defenses because they can be effective in the running game or passing game on any given snap. McDonald has and outstanding combination of size and speed and is just scratching the surface. Kasa is a tough blocker who is a former DE and who has the ability to get down the field. Kasa has issues with catching cleanly, but he's still learning the position.
|Tyler Eifert||Notre Dame||1st/2nd|
|Gavin Escobar||San Diego St.||2nd/3rd|
|Jake Stoneburner||Ohio St.||5th|
|Dion Sims||Michigan St.||5th|
|Ryan Otten||San Jose St.||6th/7th|
|Jack Doyle||W. Kentucky||7th/FA|
|Justice Cunningham||South Carolina||7th/FA|