Ranking the 2012 NFL Draft Class by Position – Tight End edition

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend. While I did not post anything over the weekend, I made a lot of progress on scouting the NFL Draft. I started writing a 3 round Mock Draft that will be out Wednesday. Along with that, I completed ranking the rest of the offensive side of the ball. I will start unrolling those posts over the next three days. Starting Friday, I will start working on the defensive side of the ball. Beginning next week, I will begin publishing player profiles.

This year’s TE class features one elite prospect and many, many more average to good prospects.

1. Dwayne Allen, Clemson – Allen is far and away the best TE in the class. I have him as a late first to early second round pick due to his combination of receiving and blocking abilities.

2. Coby Fleener, Stanford – Fleener is a dynamic TE who is better as a receiver than a blocker. He could also line up as a slot WR in the NFL.

3. Orson Charles, Georgia – Charles is a good TE prospect. His strength is as a blocker but he also has some receiving skills. He reminds me of Heath Miller.

4. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame – Eifert is a good prospect who is only a junior. I have not heard if he declared or not but if he did, he will be a third round pick.

5. Evan Rodriguez, Temple – Rodriguez is a versatile prospect who can also play some H-back. He is an average receiver who excels as a blocker.

After the jump see the rest of the rankings.

6. David Paulson, Oregon

7. Michael Egnew, Missouri

8. George Bryan, N.C. State

9. Ladarius Green, Lousiana-Lafayette

10. Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern

11. Nick Provo, Syracuse

12. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn

13. Michael Williams, Alabama

14. Rhett Ellison, USC

15. Josh Chichester, Louisvile

16. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State

17. D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers

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