Three Draft Sleepers at Every Position: Tight Ends

The NFL draft is quickly approaching, and scouts are looking to find the diamond in the rough. Finding sleepers is every GM’s dream, and the tight end position has some reputable sleepers. Jason Witten was a fifth rounder, Aaron Hernandez was a fourth rounder and Rob Gronkowski was a second round pick.

This tight end class is littered with talent from top to bottom, so let’s analyze the three, lesser known tight end prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Cam Serigne, Wake Forest

Serigne is one of my favourite prospects in this draft. He’s athletic with a solid catch radius. His vision is impeccable and makes his offense better.

Projected Round: 4th round

Projected Team: Seattle Seahawks

With Jimmy Graham gone to Green Bay and Luke Willson probable to leave the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks will need a new tight end. Serigne is a versatile receiver who could be a great fit for the 12s.

Wake Forest TE Cam Serigne.

Durham Smythe, Notre Dame

Smythe is the epitome of a sleeper. He’s not going to wow you with his catching ability, but he’s a phenomenal blocker. He’s a throw back tight end who will excel in any system.

Projected Round: 6th round

Projected Team: Denver Broncos

Denver has last year’s pick Jake Butt at tight end, who essentially redshirted his rookie year, but they’ll need another tight end. Smythe can become a decent blocker who is a competent receiving threat.

Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe.

Jordan Akins, UCF

Akins isn’t much of a blocker, but he’s a decent receiving threat and has good speed for a tight end. He’s raw, but he has upside.

Projected Round: 6th round

Projected Team: Baltimore Ravens

There are questions surrounding the Ravens’ receiving corps, and having a large, agile receiving threat could be a benefit for the Ravens moving forward.

UCF TE Jordan Akins.


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