As we approach the end of the season, I’ll be releasing my early top-five players at each position, along with some brief notes on each player. Keep in mind, these are early rankings and subject to change as we gather more information and take a closer look at each prospect during the pre-draft process.
The next installment of our updated 2018 rankings takes a look at the tight end position. After a historic TE class last year, this year the class may not be as talented, but there are still plenty of solid prospects.
1. Dallas Goedert, Senior, South Dakota State
Goedert is an impressive FCS standout who can do it all as a TE. He has an aggressive mean streak while blocking, and has excellent hands as a receiver. Goedert would benefit from improving his route running and being more precise on his cuts. The biggest question mark surrounding Goedert is the competition he faces. Playing in the FCS, Goedert hasn’t faced the level of completion that other prospects do week in and week out. The offseason draft process, especially the Senior Bowl, will be huge for Goedert.
2. Troy Fumagalli, Senior, Wisconsin
Fumagalli is a well-rounded TE without many glaring weaknesses in his game. Even while missing a finger, Fumagalli is one of the more reliable pass catchers for the position, and his 6’5” frame makes him an opposing blocker. Fumagalli may not be the most athletic prospect in the class, but he is one of the more consistent. Fumagailli will stand out the most has a blocker, but is also an excellent safety valve for his quarterback.
3. Mark Andrews, Junior, Oklahoma
Mark Andrews is an electric playmaking TE with special abilities after the catch. Although still a good blocker in space, Andews has much to improve upon. He will need to fire out of his stance more aggressively to get a better initial push. A receiving TE through and through, runs solids routes and has excellent hands.
4. Deandre Goolsby, Senior, Florida
An above average athlete, Goolsby is a decent pass catcher and an above average blocker. His athleticism makes him a dangerous threat after the catch, with the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Goolsby will not wow anyone with his athletic ability, but could be a solid contributing TE for years because of his blocking ability.
5. Mike Gesicki, Senior, Penn State
Gesicki is a lanky athletic TE with good hands and an unreal catch radius. A former volleyball player, Gesicki is at his best when the ball is in the air and he is able to use his enormous frame and leaping ability to get the ball at the highest point. Gesicki will need to add more strength to fill out his frame and will need to become a more serviceable blocker in the both the passing and running game.