DEEP FRIED DRAFT
2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the TEs
1 Josh Oliver San Jose State Sr 6'5 250
Oliver leaped onto my radar early this year and has steadily risen up my board since. He is athletic enough to stretch the seam. Oliver has excellent hands. He also reportedly runs in the 4.5 range. Look out for this guy.
2 Tommy Sweeney Boston College Sr 6'4 255
Sweeney is a throwback tight end. He is a solid blocker with reliable hands. Sweeney is a great red zone presence. He does not have seam-stretching speed. The ceiling for Sweeney is probably a #2 tight end.
3 Drew Sample Washington Sr 6'4 260
Sample was an under-utilized player in the Huskies offense. He is a reliable target and he will get his nose dirty blocking. Sample should be able to carve out a niche for himself at the NFL level.
4 Dax Raymond Utah State Jr 6'5 250
Raymond is an early graduate. He is a name I had not heard of until he declared for the draft. Raymond will be an older rookie because of serving an LDS mission. He has 70 career catches. His ability to block is something that will interest me this week.
5 Foster Moreau LSU Sr 6'4 255
Moreau is an old breed of tight end. A get your nose dirty type. His numbers aren’t eye-popping. Moreau has less than 600 career receiving yards. However, he can make himself a solid target.
IC Donald Parham Stetson Sr 6'8 240
Parham was a late add to the game. He replaces Alize Mack. I have never watched Parham play. He has ridiculous size. In 2018, Parham led all tight ends across all levels with 85 catches and 1319 yards. Now truth be told, up to this point, he is a tight end in name only. Parham never lines up inline. Senior Bowl week will be huge to see if he can be a tight end or just a big WR.
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. Beginning January 22nd, 110 senior football prospects will interview with and practice in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. Tuesday morning, the players will weigh-in and then both teams will lightly practice in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest practice days when both squads practice in full pads. This culminates in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game can also be seen live on NFL Network.
Deep Fried Draft will have it covered all week. Look for daily write-ups about the practices each day.
Below I rank the tight ends playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst.
**Please note that these rankings are based on what I have seen up to this point. What I see upon further tape study, Senior Bowl performance, and the rest of the draft process will likely change these rankings.**
***This also reflects the roster that was announced in early January***