BearsBeat.com 2009 Draft Board: Tight Ends

April 9th, 2009 - 12:00 am

Here’s a look at how I feel about the 2009 tight ends prospects. The order may change as draft day nears.

1. Brandon Pettigrew – Oklahoma State
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 260 | 40-time: 4.84
What I like about him: Physically a beast. He’s a good blocker and enjoys doing it, too. Hard to bring down after the catch.
What I don’t like about him: Character may be an issue after being charged with felony assault and battery of a police officer. Reaction time may be a little slow and he’s not a good route runner.

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2. Cornelius Ingram – Florida
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 240 | 40-time: 4.65
What I like about him: Former basketball player with great athleticism. Runs smooth routes, has good toughness and will catch the ball well in traffic. Can create mismatches with size and speed combo.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have an extra gear in open space and won’t break many big plays after the catch.

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3. Chase Coffman – Missouri
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 245 | 40-time: 4.85
What I like about him: Tough, physical guy who will run through defenders. Has great hands and instincts.
What I don’t like about him: Needs to improve his strength and blocking ability. Not an elusive runner and can’t stretch the field with his speed.

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4. Jared Cook – South Carolina
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 242 | 40-time: 4.50
What I like about him: Once a receiver that converted to tight end. He’s got good hands and can adjust to poorly-thrown balls.
What I don’t like about him: Not a very good blocker and needs to improve his strength. Has straight-line speed but not very agile.

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5. Travis Beckum – Wisconsin
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 235 | 40-time: 4.66
What I like about him: Talented athlete with a great set of hands that will catch almost anything. Will go over the middle and secure the catch in traffic.
What I don’t like about him: Could have durability issues after a few injuries. Lacks explosive power and strength.

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6. James Casey – Rice
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 235 | 40-time: 4.70
What I like about him: He’s a versatile player that can line up anywhere on the field. He’s got good football intelligence and is a confident player.
What I don’t like about him: He’s a bit smaller than most tight ends and a tad older (24) than most rookies. Not a very good blocker.

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7. Shawn Nelson – Southern Miss
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 240 | 40-time: 4.56
What I like about him: He’s a vertical threat in the passing game due to his ability to get up the field quickly. He can adjust to poorly-thrown balls and can snag the ball in traffic.
What I don’t like about him: He’s certainly not a physical player and lacks the bulk to be a force in the run game.

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8. John Phillips – Virginia
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 250 | 40-time: 4.75
What I like about him: He’s got great size and room for even more growth. He’s a high-motor guy and gives his all at blocking.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have a lot of athleticism and plays a bit rigid. Will struggle to get open in the passing game.


9. Richard Quinn – North Carolina
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 260 | 40-time: 4.75
What I like about him: Very effective in the the run game, firing off the line. He can get to the second level in a hurry to put a block on a linebacker. He’s got good toughness and character.
What I don’t like about him: Not the best receiving tight end in the draft. His hands need more improvement and doesn’t run efficient routes.


10. Bear Pascoe – Fresno State
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 260 | 40-time: 4.95
What I like about him: His size lives up to his name. He’s got good blocking power and leg drive to finish off blocks. He’s a high-character guy and a team captain.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have much speed and will struggle to find open lanes in the passing game. He’s not going to make plays after the catch.


11. Anthony Hill – North Carolina State
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 264 | 40-time: 4.90
What I like about him: With a good build, he’s a force as a blocker and finishes every play. Shows good athleticism for his size and is a good target in traffic.
What I don’t like about him: Not very fast and needs to run sharper routes. Had problems with both knees and durability could be an issue.


12. Ryan Purvis – Boston College
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 255 | 40-time: 4.85
What I like about him: He can line up in the backfield and create mismatches. He’s good at finding the soft spots in zone coverage. He’s a smart player with a good work ethic.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t show power in the run game and lacks explosiveness. Doesn’t do much after the catch.


13. Davon Drew – East Carolina
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 260 | 40-time: 4.82
What I like about him: His versatility allows him to line up in tight or split out wide. He’s got good hands and can separate from defenders.
What I don’t like about him: Not a good blocker and might see limited time because of that. Was suspended a couple games in college.


14. Kory Sperry – Colorado State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 242 | 40-time: 4.90
What I like about him: Good size and uses his hands well to snag the ball in traffic. Can line up in different spots. Smart player and a coach’s son.
What I don’t like about him: He’s not very physical and doesn’t play with any kind of mean streak. Tore his ACL in 2007.


15. Mark Hafner – Houston
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 226 | 40-time: 4.90
What I like about him: He’s a good athlete with quick feet and knows where to find the open seam.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great size or strength and may get bullied on the next level.


Others:
Andrew Davie – Arkansas
Branden Ledbetter – Western Michigan
Brian Mandeville – Northeastern
Cameron Morrah – California
Carson Butler – Michigan
Chris Mark – New Mexico
Dan Gronkowski – Maryland
Darius Hill – Ball State
David Johnson – Arkansas State
Devin Frischknecht – Washington State
Jared Bronson – Central Washington
Kevin Brock – Rutgers
Marquez Branson – Central Arkansas
Nick Walker – Alabama
Rob Myers – Utah State
Shae Reagan – Texas Christian
Steve Brouse – Connecticut
Travis McCall – Alabama
Tripp Chandler – Georgia