The 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board will be rolled out over the course of four weeks by position, featuring players to watch and a breakdown of what NFL scouts look for through the eyes of Collegiate Bowl Director of College Scouting, Dane Vandernat.
Today, we feature tight ends:
THREE TO WATCH
Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt: A mismatch for linebackers (too fast) and safeties (too big), Pinkney served as a red zone mismatch last year, accounting for seven touchdowns, while collecting 50 catches for 774 yards. The Commodores will line him up in various spots, including at H-back, the slot and even outside at times. Pinkney’s blocking has been adequate, and he possesses the size, speed and hands to be one of the first tight ends off the board.
Harrison Bryant, FAU: The buzz you hear coming out of Boca Raton originates from the excitement surrounding Bryant, whose high energy and tenacious demeanor has been contagious for the Owls. Whether it’s sacrificing his body to make a big catch over the middle or sealing off a running lane with a key block for his halfback, Bryant has the makeup of a NFL tight end due to his great size and dependable hands. He has totaled 83 catches for 1,133 yards and nine touchdowns during his career and compares favorably to Nick O’Leary (Dolphins).
Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State: A first-down machine, Taumoepeau means “move the chains” when translated. All joking aside, the big-play tight end has served as an offensive weapon for the Vikings, averaging an impressive 17.3 yards per catch for his career. A three-sport standout in high school (football, basketball and track), he is clearly an athlete with huge upside. Level of competition shouldn’t be an issue for Taumoepeau, who combined for eight catches, 255 yards and four touchdowns in his two games against FBS opponents (Nevada and Oregon).
Evaluating tight end prospects in college has become increasingly more difficult with the popularity of the spread offense. Nowadays, most tight end prospects are one of two types: a bigger-bodied blocker who specializes in holding up versus defensive ends in the run game; or a more athletic receiver with the potential to be a mismatch versus linebackers and safeties in the passing game.
Despite the two variations, the constants that scouts and coaches are looking for remain the same: grit, high FBI (football intelligence), play strength, short-area quickness, production in their sphere, and the ability to consistently finish strong. Rarely does a talent evaluator find a prospect who can be both an inline blocker and athletic mismatch; but when he or she does he throws a first-round grade on that player.
NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL BIG BOARD: TIGHT ENDS
|First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Height||Weight|
|Siale (Charlie)||Taumoepeau||Portland State||TE||6-3||245|
|Tyrone||Wheatley Jr.||Stony Brook||TE||6-6||265|