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2017 Draft Preview: Tight Ends

Mike Mayock's Top Five

O.J. Howard
6-6, 251, Alabama

The Crimson Tide product has cemented his position as the top tight end available throughout the pre-draft process. With size, speed and solid blocking ability, Howard checks all the boxes and could come off the board in the top 10. Finished his four-year career with 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns. Howard is often compared to Greg Olsen, Carolina's Pro Bowl tight end.

David Njoku
6-4, 246, Miami (Fla.)

"Raw" is a word often used to describe the former Hurricane, but he certainly looks the part of a game-changing tight end. In two seasons, Njoku compiled 64 catches for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns -- eight of which came in 2016. Njoku is considered a first-round prospect with major upside.

Evan Engram
6-3, 234, Ole Miss

Engram was at his best as a senior, posting 65 receptions for 926 yards and eight touchdowns to earn All-America honors. Doesn't have the size of the two tight ends listed above him, but Engram is a matchup nightmare with his athleticism. Most expect Engram, who led all tight ends with a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, to hear his name called in the second round.


Gerald Everett
6-3, 239, South Alabama

After stops at Community College and Alabama-Birmingham, Everett landed at South Alabama and emerged as an intriguing NFL prospect. Compiled 90 catches for 1,292 yards and 12 touchdowns. His game needs some refinement, but evaluators have been impressed with his physicality and natural receiving skills.

George Kittle
6-4, 247, Iowa

Kittle's final two seasons with the Hawkeyes caught the attention of scouts, as he recorded 42 receptions for 604 yards and 10 touchdowns. His experience in Iowa's pro-style offense should ease his transition to the NFL.

Look back: Tight ends taken in top 10

2014: Eric Ebron, 10th overall to Lions

2006: Vernon Davis, 6th overall to 49ers

2004: Kellen Winslow, Jr., 6th overall to Browns

1996: Rickey Dudley, 9th overall to Raiders

1995: Kyle Brady, 9th overall to Jets

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