2024 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: TE Edition (4/6/24)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL Prospect Rankings: TE Edition.

Player Comp = *(Playstyle Not Career Projection)

1.) Brock Bowers – 6’3″ 243 lbs. (Trey McBride)

Bowers is a physical player that finishes his runs with leverage and pop. Maximizes opportunities with high level effort. He has incredible burst and ground reaction force. Willing and effective blocker. Next level YAC ability and can outrun LB angles.

Catch attempts outside of his frame get away from him sometimes. Averaged a drop about every 25 targets. Smallish size for the traditional TE archetype. Awkward build in the lower portions usually leads to injuries.

His role at the next level should be extensive. You can use him to attack every level of the field. He’s almost positionless in that sense. Bowers should add explosive plays to any offense that he joins.

2.) Ben Sinnott – 6’4″ 250 lbs. (Dalton Schultz)

Sinnott is a run blocking menace especially in space with a running start. He has sufficient route salesmanship to get open. He can make people miss in the open field. Was used in a multitude of ways at Kansas State. H-Back, Y, I think he can legitimately be a Fullback as well.

Average game speed. Ability to separate is a concern.

His role in the NFL ranges from a Kyle Jusczcyk type of dirty work road grader with occasional pass catching to a Dallas Clark feature receiving threat role. I think he’s a healthy mix. He’s come into a lot of people’s radars recently but I’ve been on him since the start. Sinnott could be the next household name at the TE position in the league.

3.) Cade Stover – 6’4″ 247 lbs. (Adam Trautman)

Stover is a high energy player. Hard working and adaptable. He’s a high point combat catcher. Excels and gets open with sufficient speed and a frame that shields off defenders. No nonsense highly efficient short area offensive option.

Top heavy build. Thin Lowers. Average athleticism. Ability to separate is an area of concern. New to position. DE convert.

Stover has been slightly underrated thus draft cycle but he profiles as a chain moving Y/H-Back option for a club that covets physical/traditional TE types.

4.) Jaheim Bell – 6’2″ 241 lbs. (Brevin Jordan)

Bell is a well-rounded TE that rounds off Tier 1. He makes defenders miss in the open field. He can be targeted and be relied upon downfield. Multi-dimensional usage and can be used on end arounds and in the backfield. Solid run blocker. He’s one of the highest graded TE’s over the last three seasons

Too many drops based on targets. 52 targets. 4 drops. Size could be an issue but he’s no smaller than Brock Bowers.

Bell has the profile of the shorter/stocky types the Titans have coveted for years. Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith, MyCole Pruitt, and Chig Okonkwo. Texans have liked that type as well. Jordan Akins and Brevin Jordan come to mind. Usually they have to be schemed open and aren’t a high volume option but the impact is significant because they’re essentially running backs who are being targeted downfield and on the perimeter.

5.) Ja’Tavion Sanders – 6’4″ 245 lbs. (Eric Ebron)

Sanders starts off Tier 2 and has tremendous upside. He has exceptional play strength and route nuance. Tall with above average hands. Uses stiff arms and finishes runs. Has run after catch ability.

Ball security is an issue. Fumbles and close calls from lack of keeping the ball from harm’s way. Run blocking needs improvement. He was schemed wide open a lot. His routes consisted of flat-seams-crossers. Moderate quick game and zone beater traits.

Sanders is young. He has a chance to develop and be one of, if not the best, TE of this class but as of right now, his role may be a reduced role of strictly being a pass catcher/chain mover. He has all the tools to be effective.

6.) Theo Johnson – 6’6″ 259 lbs. (Logan Thomas)

Johnson is a big target that can catch. Big time upside. Had great athletic numbers. Developmental. If he becomes a sufficient blocker he improves his utility and he’ll see the field sooner.

Johnson has below average performance data grades. Needs to improve his blocking technique. His game speed is a tick slower than his athletic metrics.

There’s not much Johnson has to do to be an effective pro. If he sures up his blocking he can easily fulfill a Marcedes Lewis role. Some think he’s closer to Jimmy Graham. I don’t see that level of above the rim prowess but he should be tough to deal with at that size.

7.) A.J. Barner – 6’6″ 251 lbs. (Drew Sample)

Barner is an excellent run blocker. Was used as a short yardage receiving threat in his stint with Indiana. He has enough length and speed to continue to be a significant contributor in the pass game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the George Kittle of the bunch that can already block well but just needs a team to unlock his receiving ability.

Lack of production is due to his offense being run first. Thinner lowers than you’d like.

Barner profiles as a player that should see the field immediately due to his blocking prowess. He has Top 3 ability in this class because of his overall utility. Once again he’s a much better pass catcher than you think.

8.) Dallin Holker – 6’3″ 241 lbs. (Hayden Hurst)

Starting off Tier 3, Holker has flexible hips and above average movement skills for the position. Elusive for his size. The small school Ja’Tavion Sanders if you will. Finesse TE that can make plays downfield and has sufficient YAC ability.

He has a low floor if he doesn’t develop as a blocker. Needs show more consistent clean catches.

Holker profiles as a player that could get a lot of tread with a pass happy team or be shelved for a year or two as a developmental piece. He needs to become a more physical presence in the run game but outside of that he can make plays for you downfield and that may be enough to overweigh everything else.

9.) Tanner McLachlan – 6’5″ 244 lbs. (Pat Friermuth)

McLachlan shows several athletic plays on tape. Broke Rob Gronkowski’s receptions record at Arizona. Route running dexterity is there and the abilty to run after catch is too. Displays good hand eye coordination and strong hands to catch in traffic.

Blocking. Pre-draft injury. Had on a left knee brace one season.

There’s a lot of reports about McLachlan’s athleticism and movement ability being insufficient. I don’t agree. I think he moves better than 75% of TE’s in this draft and is one of the best pure receiving threats at the position. He boasts more than enough blocking ability to earn reps next year, too. McLachlan is definitely underrated at this point of the draft cycle, and if he stays healthy, he should produce early.

10.) Jared Wiley – 6’6″ 249 lbs. (Austin Seferian-Jenkins)

Wiley has Top 5 ability to being a pure vertical threat from this year’s draft. He’s like a receiver when he’s at the flex position and can separate like one too. Ironically the more college teams moved these players inline as a Y-TE the higher they were graded analytically. But it doesn’t benefit these programs to move these types of athletes inside to block and catch sit routes all game. So many of these guys are not taught how to be that 6th offensive linemen and help in that way.

On-field physicality needs to improve. Blocking technique as well.

Although the theme of Tier 3 is athletic/pass catcher first options. Players like Brevyn Spann-Ford and Tip Reiman are deserving to be here as well. Their utility as both blockers and viable options in the pass game can’t be overstated. Spann-Ford has had some drop issues (his 9 drops would classify as some of the worst hands in the class based on target share) and Reiman’s ability to separate may limit his versatility in as a pass catcher. All are able to be worked around depending on the coaching staff.

Brevyn Spann-Ford, Tip Reiman, Erick All, Austin Stogner, Trey Knox, Easton Dean, Isaac Rex, Zach Heins, Baylor Cupp, McCallan Castles, Maleak Bryant, Devin Culp, Jacob Warren, Brenden Bates, David Martin-Robinson, Messiah Swinson, Mason Pline, Cam Grandy, Trent Pennix, Marshel Martin IV, Treyton Pickering, Neal Johnson, Jack Westover, George Takacs, Owen Glascoe, Kyle Lepkowski, Steele Roring, Keaton Upshaw, Dante Zanders, Gee Scott Jr.

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