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Draft Preview: Notable Tight End Highlights


Maxx Williams**

At 6-4 and 249 pounds out of Minnesota, Williams is considered by most draft experts as the top tight end in the class – with skills to contribute as both a receiver and a blocker. A redshirt sophomore, Williams still has room to grow as a player – but must also fine tune some of his technique to become an elite level tight end.

Photos of Minnesota TE Maxx Williams

Clive Walford

This fifth-year senior from the University of Miami has shown the versatility in college to line up in the backfield, on the line and out wide. Proficient as a blocker and a receiver, his raw combine numbers might not wow draft analysts – but he is a player that is well-rounded and could be off the board on Day Two of the draft.

Nick O'Leary

At 6-3, 250 pounds from Florida State, this four-year senior won the Mackey Award for the nation's top tight end last year. Though he doesn't have the length or elite athleticism desired out of modern day tight ends, he has good hands and toughness and consistently got the job done for the Seminoles – no matter what he was asked to do.

Devin Funchess

Funchess played primarily out wide as a tight end at Michigan, and at 6-4 and 232 pounds, some project him as a wide receiver at the NFL level. He has great size, length and athleticsm to create mismatches against opposing defensive backs – but in college he wasn't asked to block much. A player with a very high ceiling, he should be off the board during the draft's first two days.

Photos of Michigan TE Devin Funchess

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