2017 Devy Report: Tight Ends

By Josh Johnson, DFW Senior Writer and Co-Owner @Josh_DFWPulse

The caveat is as such… come on now say it with me “tight ends taken three years to develop.” So why exactly should you spend your devy draft capital on a TE who is four or five years away from contributing to your dynasty roster. It is certainly not that we as dynasty owners are patient. This is however a devy report and feel the need to shed light on the all worthy positons (there will be no Devy Report for Kickers). So if you need that TE of the future we got your back. And, hey who knows maybe there is the next Gronk contained within but then again maybe not.

O.J. Howard /Alabama / 6’6″ / 242 dt.common.streams.StreamServer

  • Solid when selling route but could run routes with a little more authority
  • Average blocker, needs to use wingspan to chip or slow down would be tacklers
  • Mostly used as a move TE but can play on the line as well
  • Very effective in the slot as a mismatch option
  • Does take some plays off when the ball goes to the opposite side of the field

Evan Engram / Ole Miss / 6’3″ / 227 Ole Miss Engram

  • Undersized but certainly more athletic than your average 6’5″ plus plotter
  • Loose and agile in the midsection which allows him to be a very balanced runner
  • Will be a tweener and he will need the right system to flourish
  • Jordan Reed comparison will be virtually unavoidable but very warranted
  • He can make the tough catch and he shades the ball well to prevent defenders from getting their hands on it

Jake Butt / Michigan / 6’6″ / 248 jb

  • Crisp route runner who finds holes in  zone coverage like a seasoned pro
  • Catches with body more often than with hands
  • Blocks with his whole body and creates leverage to eliminate his man from making the play
  • Calculated risk taker who is not afraid to lay out if the moment requires it
  • Fights for balls in traffic with tenacity
  • Tends to wrap arms around defenders while blocking which will draw some definite yellow flagged attention in the NFL

Jordan Leggett / Clemson / 6’5″ / 255 jl

  • Not a deceptive route runner but he turns upfield with force after the catch
  • Not a punishing blocker but uses his girth to hold his ground
  • Will not test off the charts at combine but has a definite TE2 upside
  • His big mits and branch like arms are red zone nasty (8 TDs in 2015)
  • Very fortunate to have a quality QB who spotlights his strengths

Jeremy Sprinkle / Arkansas / 6’6″  /255

Nov 21, 2015; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Jeremy Sprinkle (83) scores a touchdown in the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

  • A willing blocker who displays dancer-like agility when going from block to route
  • Powerful, aggressive and nimble after the catch
  • Should be able to shine this season on a Razorback team that lost many offensive starters
  • Throws his weight around downfield and as a lead blocker
  • Movable chess piece who sprouts a decent route tree
  • Uses hands well to engage on blocks and rip balls out the air
  • Very Charles Clay-esque but more athletically gifted