Wes and Ryan kick off our draft video series with tight ends, discussing the top prospects and how they might appeal to the Packers. (April 18, 2016)
1. Hunter Henry, Arkansas. Height: 6-4⅞. Weight: 250. Class: Junior. Stats: 51 catches, 739 yards, three touchdowns. 40-yard dash: 4.68. Projection: Round 1-2.
Henry is the consensus top tight end in his class, a mostly polished prospect who has drawn comparisons to Dallas’ Jason Witten and figures to make an immediate impact in the NFL.
2. Jerell Adams, South Carolina. Height: 6-5⅛. Weight: 247. Class: Senior. Stats: 28 catches, 421 yards, three touchdowns. 40-yard dash: 4.64. Projection: Round 2-3.
Though raw, Jerell Adams offers considerable upside to a team that’s willing to be patient with his development.
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3. Austin Hooper, Stanford. Height: 6-3¾. Weight: 254. Class: Sophomore. Stats: 34 catches, 438 yards, six touchdowns. 40-yard dash: 4.72. Projection: 2-3.
Hooper is a third-year sophomore whose transition to the NFL should be benefited from playing in Stanford’s tight end-friendly pro-style offense.
4. Nick Vannett, Ohio State. Height: 6-6. Weight: 257. Class: Senior. Stats: 19 catches, 162 yards, no touchdowns. 40-yard dash: 4.89. Projection: Round 3.
Though a lack of speed limits Vannett to short and intermediate routes, he’s a classic in-line tight end and best blocker in his class.
5. Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky. Height: 6-5¾. Weight: 249. Class: Senior. Stats: 38 catches, 563 yards, eight touchdowns. 40-yard dash: 4.77. Projection: Round 4.
Higbee is a former high school receiver who offers adequate speed and pass-catching ability but faces a steep transition to the NFL.