Pats, B's, Sox
Is this truly a "DEEP" draft for TEs? Or is it Hockenson (Elite) and a bunch of average players behind him??
I'm liking Josh Oliver from San Jose St, but he's not a great blocker. None of these guys are.
Oliver is the only guy I've seen so far that you could isolate on a CB, and he'd win that matchup.
I do think he has blocking potential though, to clarify. He shows some strength, just a little indecisive about going for the block. Also in his defense, SJSU is absolute garbage.
Another guy is Kahale Warring. He runs some really nice routes for a big guy. He seems like a tough guy too. I'd label him a Patriots guy.
Warring would require Gronk returning as he’s a development guy, albeit with strong upside. I could see them using him as a blocking TE that offers some help in the pass game that replaces Gronk should he retire at the end of next season.
NB “replace Gronk” is meant relatively.
I don't know, he might be a guy who's ready to play. SDSU runs a pro style offense and asks their TEs to do actual TE things. It's not like I know a ton about him, but I think he could play.
I just don't see a lot of great talent at TE this year. Just a couple guys with some (key word: some) talent that no one is talking about and a couple guys at the top who are just role players, in my opinion.
It’s an ok class once you get past the top two. Obviously Hockenson is the next best thing to Gronk but after that there aren’t many who could be a force in the passing game AND give us Gronk level blocking. But there are reasonable options depending on where we draft. Warring certainly provides upside, blocking potential and enough athleticism to be a good receiver. I think he’s got starter upside. But he came late to the sport so I imagine he’s behind in learning the nuances of the game.
I still don't see what is so special about Hockenson. Well rounded, sure. But what does he do really well? Seems like a role player that lasts a long time, maybe even has good career numbers, but never does anything amazing.
Daniel Jeremiah calls him the best blocking TE he’s ever scouted. And aside from the forty, which was fine but not great, he had an excellent combine. I think he’s a first rounder for sure but whether he’s the next best thing to Gronk is more debatable.
Moreau's a project with high upside, very raw...Day 3 guyThe tight end from LSU appears to be rising up draft boards. I had him mocked to us on the sixth Round, but a lot of people have him in the fourth and some in the third.
Him, sternburger and a healthy gronkowski (izzo on the practice squad) would be a nice stable for 2019.