2018 NFL Draft Preview: A Look At The Top TE Prospects

The NFL Draft Bible 2018 positional preview series continues with NDB Founder and College Gridiron Showcase Director of Player Personnel Ric Serritella. Below are some of the top tight end prospects in the nation. For more in-depth scouting reports, click here.

ACC 

Christopher Herndon, Miami, Sr. – Used all over the field (tight end/h-back/slot/fullback); he’s a jackknife player. Herndon started over first round pick David Njoku (Browns) and will be more NFL-ready entering the league.

Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, Sr. – After arriving to Wake Forest as a receiving threat, Serigne has since bulked up and has become a refined blocker, while setting the school record for career touchdowns by a tight end (17).

B1G

Mike Gesicki, Penn State, Sr. – A versatile end who flashes great ball skills, balance and instincts, Gesicki is as good as anyone in this draft class, especially when going up and plucking the ball. His blocking needs work but his offensive prowess will make him an attractive high round target.

Troy Fumagali, Wisconsin, Sr. – A very stout blocker at the point of attack, Fumagali can beat you with his size and physicality. His hands and receiving capability has also made him a focal point of opposing defenses this season, as he has played a key role in the Badgers undefeated season.

PAC-12

Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, Jr. – An absolute mismatch, Andrews has great length, plus a penchant for finding the open seam and has proven to have a dependable set of hands for quarterback Baker Mayfield over the past three seasons, hauling in 18 touchdowns.

Drew Sample, Washington, Sr. – The wide-bodied tight end is asked to stay inline and block for the most part but he’ll come up with the occasional catch when needed. He missed three games in 2017 due to a leg injury.

SEC

Deandre Goolsby, Florida, Sr. – The Gators have had their fair share of issues this season, one of them being not getting Goolsby involved in the offense more. He works the sideline as well as anyone and poses a threat inside the red zone.

Hayden Hurst, South Carolina, Jr. – A former walk-on, Hurst spent two seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before walking onto the Gamecocks football program and making his presence felt immediately. He’ll be a 25-year old rookie should he decide to declare for the NFL.

MID-MAJOR 

Metuisela Unga, Hawaii, Sr. – Hidden on late night TV, you might not be familiar with the athletic Rainbow Warriors pass-catcher, who possesses plenty of NFL bloodlines (his brother JJ spent three seasons with the Bills).

Jake Roh, Boise State, Sr. – The H-back has been an offensive weapon for the Broncos inside the red zone, catching six touchdowns and even receiving some time in the backfield, adding two additional touchdowns on the ground on five carries for 23 rushing yards.

FCS

Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, Sr. – The small school talent just might be the best player listed on this page. At 6’5, 270 pounds, he possesses a 35” vertical and should test very well in Indianapolis. An offensive threat, there is some concern about his blocking.

Andrew Vollert, Weber State, Sr. – A transfer from San Jose State, Vollert possesses size and athleticism, to go along with smooth route running. He ran with the big boys against Cal in week two this season and was constantly open, catching seven balls for 84 yards.

INDEPENDENT

Adam Beneman, UMass, Sr. – A top tight end prospect who originally began his career at Penn State, Breneman is a day two talent but his past medical history could determine where he’s selected come April. 

Alize Mack, Notre Dame, So. – While most draft pundits are familiar with his teammate Durham Smythe, it’s Mack who really need to know for the future. The chiseled, agile product from Las Vegas has tremendous upside!

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Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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