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Draft scouting report: Tight ends

Day One

Eric Ebron*, North Carolina … 6-4 … 250

Jace Amaro*, Texas Tech … 6-5 … 265

Day Two

Austin Seferian-Jenkins*, Washington … 6-6 … 262

Troy Niklas*, Notre Dame … 6-7 … 270

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa … 6-6 … 265

Day Three

Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State … 6-6 … 260

Arthur Lynch, Georgia … 6-5 … 258

Jake Murphy*, Utah … 6-4 … 249

Richard Rodgers*, California … 6-4 … 257

Larry Webster, Bloomsburg … 6-6 … 252

Xavier Grimble*, Southern California … 6-4 … 257

A.C. Leonard*, Tennessee St. … 6-2 … 252

Marcel Jensen, Fresno St. … 6-6 … 259

Blake Annen, Cincinnati … 6-4 … 257

Colt Lyerla, Oregon … 6-4 … 242

Sleeper: Joe Don Duncan, Dixie St., 6-3, 268.


Ebron had 973 receiving yards last season, breaking Vernon Davis’ Atlantic Coast Conference record. Davis is the player he’s drawn the most comparisons to. ... Amaro could sneak into the bottom of the first round. He makes sense for a team looking for a slot receiver disguised as a tight end. New England or Seattle would make sense. ... Seferian-Jenkins’ numbers dipped significantly in 2013. He did have eight touchdowns, though, making him an intriguing option in the red zone. ... Niklas is the best blocker in the class. He’s only played the position for two seasons and is still developing as a receiver. His potential – and his size – have drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski. Fiedorowicz is a big, strong, sure-handed prospect who won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism. His production at Iowa was ordinary – 91 catches in his career.

Gillmore is a good blocker who lacks explosion at the snap. His 10-yard split at the NFL Scouting Combine was second worst among tight ends. ... Lynch is one of the strongest players at his position. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times at the combine. He’s a blocker first who might develop into a dependable short target. ... Rodgers bounced between receiver and tight end in college, and his weight fluctuated by about 40 pounds. ... Leonard started his college career at Florida, but transferred after two run-ins with the law. ... Lyerla has second-round talent, but has likely been removed from the draft board of several teams after quitting the Ducks in October. His college career featured several academic issues, suspensions and an arrest for cocaine possession.

The News’ 10-page NFL Draft Preview is part of Wednesday’s editions.

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