July 20, 2024

2024 NFL Draft: Top 10 Tight Ends (5-1)

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Who are the tight ends to know about in the 2024 NFL Draft? @CodyFolden breaks it down with the second part of his top ten list.

2024 TE Prospects Part 2

By: Cody Folden

 

With the first Tight Ends article out. We found some bigger-name guys just outside of the top 5. With Cade Stover, Theo Johnson, and Ben Sinnott headlining the first article, we have some awesome talent in this class in this article. 

What makes these 5 higher on my particular top 10 list? I ask the question “Which guy is going to help me win a fantasy football championship the soonest?”

I do believe Sinnott and Erick All have relevance in fantasy football going forward, I feel these 5 are just a little better right now. Starting with number 5, we have:

 

 

#5 – Brevyn Spann-Ford (Minnesota)

 

 

 

 

Brevyn Spann-Ford is a massive human, standing at 6 foot 7 and 265 pounds. He had a 5-year career at Minnesota, tallying 95 receptions, 1260 yards, and 9 touchdowns. The Golden Gophers didn’t have the best offense, but Spann-Ford was probably the best offensive talent on that team this year.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLMgF3QV-94

Brevyn has good route-running ability but did not get to show it. He was the “security blanket” really doing crossing or drag routes. This affected his yards after contact. He takes a second to get going but he was good after his initial slow start.

While he can’t separate from pure athleticism like others, he is twitchy. He has a great shoulder drop and head fake that makes defenders bite and that is when he shines. If he doesn’t win, sometimes the ball would still go to Spann-Ford. You can see how good he was at winning the contested catches.  

He has more issues when he does separate and the ball isn’t thrown the best. He needs to get better at tracking the ball. His lower half needs more flexibility for blocking. It will also help his feet gain the acceleration he will need in the NFL.  

The physicality and blocking ability are a highlight. While he needs to develop and gain some speed, there is no question he is an NFL tight end.

 

 

At number 4:

 

 

 

#4 – Jaheim Bell (Florida State)

 

 

 

 

Jaheim Bell is no question athletic. He spent 3 years at South Carolina and 1 year at Florida State. He came into his own with the high-powered Seminole offense this year. His career stats ended up being 95 receptions, 1260 yards and 9 touchdowns. At his size (6 foot 3, 225 pounds), there are questions about if he can play the tight end position at the next level.  

Bell has a good route tree, running in an offense where he could show it off. When Jaheim Bell gets into the open field, he is a monster. He can create separation and shed wimpy arm tackles to create a bunch of yards after the catch.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O__x8t0sjWA

Bell’s strengths are in the passing game. He cannot block which is why I question whether will he be viewed as a tight end. It may be hard for him to play in his first year, based on which team he goes to. Without question, he needs to gain some weight.  He has an uncanny ability to adjust and making a difficult catch look easy. 

He has the flexibility to show it off. Fantasy wise, I’m all in on Bell. I could see him falling in the draft though.

There are far more tight ends now that can do both, receive and block, not just one or the other.

 

 

Coming in at 3:

 

 

 

 

#3 – Dallin Holker (Colorado State)

 

 

 

 

Dallin Holker is winning everyone over. It started in the game against Colorado with his dominant performance. He had 6 receptions, 109 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 1 year at Colorado State was his breakout. In his career, he had 106 receptions, 1288 yards, and 9 touchdowns. With his 3 years of never eclipsing 300 yards at BYU, he had career highs this past season.  

Holker may not be the fastest, but he may have the best hands. He has a problem in man to man without that speed. He has a problem with getting open. He is a contested catch monster. He shows great hands when the ball is thrown his way.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLev07SEs24

Where he lacks in man-to-man, he thrives in zone coverage. A trait not a lot of tight ends have this year is he understands defensive schemes. He can adapt what he needs to do to make a play successful.  

He has some durability concerns with a massive ankle injury his last year at BYU. He needs to gain some explosiveness and work on gaining some agility. This way, he can move a little better in tight spaces. Sometimes he looks like a bull in a china closet. He takes up space ineffectively. 

Like I said above, he is winning people over. His workouts will make him look like eye candy. He is a little less athletic than the top 2 guys. But, he is closer to being a starter than a developmental project. Expect him to be a Day 2 draft pick.

 

 

We are finally here. The cream of the crop at number 2:

 

 

 

 

#2 – Ja’Tavion Sanders (Texas)

 

 

 

 

Ja’Tavion Sanders spent his 3-year college career at Texas. With 99 receptions, 1295 yards, and 7 touchdowns. With prototypical size at 6 foot 4 255 pounds, Sanders shows out on tape. While he has a high pad level in pass protection, he is a really good run blocker and uses effective angles to create space for his teams runner at the line of scrimmage and in the open field.

Sanders greatest strength is anything in space. He has great lateral quickness to be a blocker or move around defenders in the passing game. While being tight end size the NFL needs to use him in the slot or have him use his athleticism to his advantage. 

Being an inline tight end is not his strong suit and you would do him a disservice to make him that. Sanders is a menace in the open field and Texas was very creative in getting him open. Running in a prolific offense, Sanders played a significant role in the play-action and screen game. 

He is very good at making himself invisible at the line of scrimmage and moving linebackers or safeties eyes making him wide open in play action. Ja’Tavion has a diverse route tree and also excels in crossing and swing routes. 

While athleticism is important, he sometimes relies too much on it to get open. Resulting in lazy route running that causes the defense to catch up. While doing this, in off-script plays he catches with his pads and chest too much for my liking. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBSYGcMlt_M

When the NFL game slows down for him he should be a very reliable tight end option for fantasy managers for years to come. He will be the second tight end off the board. I would assume it will be a late first or early second round where we will see him taken in the draft.

 

 

To no surprise here, the number one tight end of this class:

 

 

 

 

#1 – Brock Bowers (Georgia)

 

 

 

 

The best thing since sliced bread reports are saying. Brock Bowers is getting a lot of love and is the generational prospect in the upcoming draft. In his 3 years at Georgia, he put up impressive numbers. 175 receptions, 2538 yards, and 26 touchdowns he also excelled in the running game accruing 193 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.

 

The numbers are there and tell a major part of the Brock Bowers story. What are some other things that make him this highly sought-after tight end? A combination of effort, blocking, and his receiving skills.

 

Let’s start with his effort. The stats show that he puts in the effort in plays he is a part of. What I am referring to are the plays he is not a part of. Even if he is the fourth read or it is a WR or RB screen the other way, he is running full speed to get the defender that is on him out of the play. 

 

He has an uncanny ability to draw defenders away from ball carriers and receivers to make big plays downfield. At 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds, he may need to gain a little muscle to be an effective blocker in the NFL, that is not what we should be using him for. 

 

Brock Bowers is a receiving technician. A fantastic route runner, with the only time he is ever off track is when defenders are in press coverage and get their hands on him. If he can show a little more physicality and create a good arm chop this shouldn’t be an issue. Regardless, he can catch with the best of them. Contested or wide open it does not matter. 

 

While in space, he has some wiggle to make guys miss and is by far the best yards after contact receiving tight end in the draft this year with a total of 479 yards after contact. While the NFL game may seem fast at first, he should transition fine into it. 

 

He is always in the right position at the right time and creates explosive plays every time he touches the ball. Even when he isn’t, as stated above, he creates opportunities. He is the gold standard in what we want to see in a tight end prospect. 

 

Expect Bowers to come off the board in the first round and be used in that system right away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BztmTFfUwf8

 

Like the running back and quarterback lists, there are some omissions, or lower positions that some people won’t agree with. Austin Stogner and Issac Rex are two of the major names that were left off the list this go-round. 

These are some of the other names we will need to watch during this glorious dynasty season. Dynasty Pros will have you covered in all things. Stay tuned.