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Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior tight end Jordan Leggett, Clemson Tigers.

TE-Jordan Leggett Clemson, 6’5” 255 lbs.

The Clemson senior tight end improved on his receptions every year of school and managed to help his team win a national championship all while trying to transition from a big receiver in high school to becoming a complete tight end at the next level. Does he have the ability to excel in the NFL? As I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the six games I reviewed of the senior play maker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech along with 2015 games against South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida State.. Most of these game videos are available via Here are my thoughts: Read More »


The next talented rookie tight end I wanted to discuss is Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (or simply just “ASJ”). He has a stress fracture in his foot that has prevented him from working out after the season, but he did measure in at 6’ 5” 262 lbs. and recently ran a 4.56 40 yard dash for the Ravens. To get a better feel of his abilities/talents versus the rest of his class, I watched three 2013 games against California, Brigham Young, and Stanford as well as three 2012 games versus Utah, ASJLSU, and USC.

ASJ is a very versatile athlete as he lines up as a traditional tight end beside the offensive tackle, as a fullback, in the slot, and split out wide. Back in 2012, he moon lighted a little at defensive end and looked pretty good at it, but I expound on that later. The tight end is an average run blocker who could seal the edge, turn the defender, but lacks the necessary power to control his man for very long. As a pass blocker, ASJ has good enough footwork to shadow the blitzer, step into the block, but would get knocked back by a bull-rusher. These blocking skills are far from elite, but will do the job in a pinch. Read More »

After watching Twitter and the internet since returning from Mobile, there is already a consensus of people’s opinions on the so-called best NFL Draft and fantasy prospects. Much of their talents get debated over and over. I want to take a m bryantfew articles to discuss the “lesser known” for the lack of a better term. These are the players that have talent, but maybe play in smaller schools or are just less publicized than a Teddy Bridgewater, Carlos Hyde, Sammy Watkins, etc. Here are a few more of those players that might be valuable come rookie draft time:

Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson
The Clemson wide receiver not named Sammie Watkins had a very productive junior season with 42 catches for 828 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.  After you have adjusted your eyes to his 6′ 5″ 201 lbs. size, it is clear that the wide out enjoys run blocking as he steps up and gets in the defender’s face right away.  You might be asking yourself, why does that matter?  A big physical receiver that likes to block will see a lot of playing time versus a tall specialist who only gets work in three or four wide sets. Read More »

After watching Twitter and the internet since returning from Mobile, there is a consensus of people’s opinions on the so-called best NFL Draft and fantasy prospects.  Much of their talents get debated over and over. I want to take a b smithfew articles to discuss the “undiscovered  country” These are the players that have talent, but maybe play in smaller schools or are just less publicized than a Teddy Bridgewater, Carlos Hyde, Sammy Watkins, etc.

There are a lot of player evaluations from many sources, so make sure you know your sources. Like everyone reading this, I am a football fan who started watching the game at age five (I’m 44 now).  Football is in my blood as I have an uncle who coaches at the Ohio Division One high school level, two brothers that made the all-state team at running back, and a cousin that played in the Mid-American Conference.  Speaking for myself, I played high school football in Ohio around the Canton area on the offensive line: center, right guard, and right tackle.  On the defensive front, I was an inside and outside linebacker who started off my career at defensive end.  During college, I worked as a football official for the college intramural program for two years as well as played in that program for three. Read More »

Now it’s time to turn our attention to the 2014 tight end class.  The best “Joker” candidate is Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro.  The young tight end measured at 6’ 5 ¾” 265 lbs., and had a decent 40 time of 4.74.  I will first define the difference amarobetween a traditional tight end and a “joker’ tight end.  The Joker will line up everywhere in the formation that can give him an edge to get a free release, so this could be in the back field, slot, or split out on the line of scrimmage.  This position is not asked to block for very long or often.  Two examples of Joker tight ends are Jimmy Graham and former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez.

A traditional tight end will play a major role as a blocker in the running game as well as excel at catching the ball.  Two examples of a more traditional tight end are Jason Witten and Rob Gronkowski. For instance fellow 2014 class tight end North Carolina’s Eric Ebron plays a role closer to the traditional tight end.  I reviewed six Texas Tech 2013 games (TCU, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Texas, and Oklahoma State) to get a better idea of the skill set that Amaro will bring to the NFL.  Read More »

niklasThe next rookie tight end I want to discuss is the underrated Notre Dame Golden Domer Troy Niklas. In recent years, his college has pumped out some good NFL tight end talent in the Bengals’ Tyler Eifert and the Viking’s Kyle Rudolph. After watching five of his 2013 games against Michigan, USC, Rutgers, Temple, and Arizona State, I think that not only is Niklas the best tight end prospect of the three, but he is also the most complete tight end. There are a lot of things that are impressive about this young man as he measured in at 6’ 6” 270 lbs. and ran a respectable 40 yard dash time of 4.80. The tight end is also cousins with all-pro linebacker Clay Matthews III.

He, like the three tight ends I ranked before him, lines up all over the field: traditional tight end, the slot, split out wide, and in the backfield. At this time, I think he has the most upside of the guys in front of him: Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro, and ASJ. Niklas is clearly a talented blocker, but he has some rawness as a receiving threat. He attacks his defender in the run game, trying to maul them as he squares up, holds his position, but sometimes struggles to knock them back. Unlike the other tight ends in his class, he helps secure the block on a double team and will then move on and find the next player to hit. Read More »

ebronAs far as complete tight end prospects go, you can’t get better than North Carolina’s Eric Ebron.  He is one of the most versatile players in his class.  It would be easier to name the places I didn’t see him line up (quarterback and the five interior linemen spots) than where he did. The great thing about this tight end is that he fits every offensive scheme and will see the field immediately wherever he lands.  Ebron impressed at the Combine measuring at 6’ 4” 250 lbs., and ran a quick 4.6 40 yard dash.  To get a better idea of his skill set, I watched five of his 2013 games against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke, Miami, and East Carolina to get a better feel of what he will bring to the NFL.

The tight end is a high energy, high effort player.  He is the best run blocker in his class as he squares his shoulders, takes control of the defender, and seals the edge when he is lined up in the traditional tight end spot. Ebron is even better as a blocker after the ball is caught down the field by another receiver.  He gets good leverage and keeps a good pad level to clear a lane.  When he lined up in the backfield in shotgun situations, he excelled at opening up an initial hole on the line of scrimmage.  The tight end is such a good athlete that he got used on a reverse sweep and looked like Percy Harvin running with the ball!  He will work his way back to the quarterback to bail them out if he senses quick pressure and is a good special team player as well. Read More »

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After the former Denver Head Coach Josh McDaniels was hired as the new St. Louis Offensive Coordinator, it was just a matter of time before he wanted to use what his first NFL team, the New England Patriots, had discovered…”In the Tight End(s) we trust.”  Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were used well by his former Patriots last year and McDaniels took notice. QB Sam Bradford was very successful in his rookie season using wide receivers and running backs, so McDaniels decided to build on that with a TE target similar to what he had at Oklahoma (Jermaine Gresham) with the move TE Lance Kendricks. 

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Guest writer: Eric Yeomans

When embarking on my first every dynasty football experience, I came in with a plan in mind, as any good team manager did. Lots of it didn’t pan out the way I had anticipated, which meant that my draft contained some disappointment as well as great opportunities.

My first plan: I WOULD own Beanie Wells, and made sure I snatched him up at 82nd overall. I absolutely love that kid, and I will make sure that this gets linked to the love ballad that I write about him in the near future. Read More »