The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his Top 10 tight ends in this year’s 2020 NFL Draft:
1. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame, 6-6, 262 lbs
Unanimous best of the bunch in a down year at the position who could rapidly develop now that football is sole focus. Ten career saves for Notre Dame baseball.
2. Adam Trautman, Dayton, 6-5, 255 lbs
Matchup nightmare who needs to improve his blocking to become a starter. Former QB with 14 touchdown catches in 2019 and 28 over three years.
3. Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic, 6-5, 243 lbs
High school offensive lineman didn’t lose his blocking toughness after changing positions. Ability to gain separation suggests it was the right move.
4. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri, 6-5, 258 lbs
Red-zone threat running down the seam, with 23 touchdowns in three seasons. Tantalizing ceiling when his routes become more polished.
5. Hunter Bryant, Washington, 6-2, 248 lbs
Classic ’tweener who struggles blocking and ran slower than expected for a big slot receiver, raising questions about his history of knee injuries.
6. Thaddeus Moss, LSU, 6-2, 250 lbs
Completely different player than father Randy Moss. Willing run blocker who complemented LSU’s dynamic outside receivers.
7. Brycen Hopkins,, Purdue, 6-4, 245 lbs
Knack for finding open space and willing to take hits over the middle, but too many drops. Problem with focus or hands?
8. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 257 lbs
Statistics plummeted from 2018 to 2019, and he showed frustrations with the struggling offense around him.
9. Devin Asiasi, UCLA, 6-3, 257 lbs
All but eight of his 52 career catches came in 2019. Michigan transfer has a lot to learn but plenty of untapped potential.
Long-strider will stretch the field and high-point tough catches but not a true in-line tight end like others from Stanford.
Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri: Fourth-fastest time (4.49) by a tight end at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2003. Reward to be had for looking back at 2018 film playing with QB Drew Lock.
Thaddeus Moss, LSU: Cited LSU’s long season when deciding not to do combine drills, despite limited resume after missing two full seasons (transfer, redshirt). Underwent foot surgery, too.
Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State: Athleticism doesn’t stand out. Good attitude does, which will serve him well in his indoctrination to special teams.