Rookie Tight Ends

In-depth fantasy outlooks for all of the top tight end prospects entering the 2019 NFL Draft. Outlooks include player analysis, college stats, combine metrics, best team fit, fantasy ceiling and floor analysis, player comparisons projected draft round, projected draft team, highlight videos and full-game film.

Dawson Knox – Ole Miss

Dawson Knox from Ole Miss is one of the more intriguing rookie fantasy options at the TE position because he flies so low under-the-rade thanks to the big names on top and the depth of this class. However, Knox finessed his way into the 3rd round of the NFL Draft, on his way to make Bills Mafia proud, thanks to a stellar combine performance. His 4.64 40-yard dash time (84th percentile weight-adjusted) was phenomenal give his size (6’4-254).

Kahale Warring – San Diego State University

One of the biggest draft board risers following his impressive NFL Combine numbers, Kahale Warring’s raw stats won’t jump off the screen at you, but just about everything else will. In the context of San Diego State’s run-heavy offense, Warring was one of the primary pass-catchers, accounting for nearly 20% of the teams receiving yards and touchdowns as a redshirt junior on his way to 3rd round draft capital by Houston.

Noah Fant – University of Iowa

The first round capital is great, unsurprising, but lights the path to early involvement in Denver’s offense. The offense, however, is what makes me put the brakes on when I hear other fantasy peeps leading a Fant for Prez this year. As a prospect, Fant is about as dynamic and explosive as they come at Tight End: unbelievable measurables and metrics. His route-running and hands are subjective, but I won’t say he’s NOT a body catcher, if you pick up what I’m putting down.

T.J. Hockenson – University of Iowa

T.J. Hockenson became just the fourth tight end to be selected in the top 10 since the year 2000. The others: Kellen Winslow in 2004 (6th), Vernon Davis in 2006 (6th) and the beloved Eric Ebron in 2014 (10th) – we all remember how that turned out.

Irv Smith Jr. – University of Alabama

My initial concerns for Irv Smith Jr. as an NFL prospect far out-numbered the positives I saw for the former Crimson Tide tight end. At 6’2, Smith will be one of the shortest tight ends to take the field in 2019, but he’s a bit thiccer than anticipated at 242, so the frame isn’t necessarily a death sentence. Smith is a player that’s risen up my rankings dramatically post-NFL Draft because of his draft capital, where he landed, the QB he’s tied to, the lack of weaponry in Minnesota and the trade rumors swirling around current Vikings tight End Kyle Rudolph. Let’s break each of these factors down individually.