Anatomy of a prospect: North Carolina TE Richard Quinn 11:00 AM Tue, Apr 21, 2009 | Permalink Rick Gosselin E-mail News tips The NFL is starting to feel the influence of spread offenses in the college game. There are few prototypical pro fullbacks and tight ends on this draft board. The fullback is becoming extinct and tight ends have become pumped-up wide receivers in the spread-the-field college game. The NFL wants fullbacks and tight ends who can block -- but that's a lost art on this draft board, especially at tight end. Most play in a two-point stance and focus on running routes, which is why two of the top five receivers in the nation last season were tight ends. James Casey of Rice caught an NCAA runnerup 111 passes and Mackey Award winner Chase Coffman caught 90 for Missouri. Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew is the top tight end in this draft because he is the only three-down tight end. He can block on first and second down and become a pass receiver on third down. The completeness of his game will make him a first round NFL draft pick. The NFL covets blocking tight ends to make the running game go -- and the next best blocker on this draft board is Richard Quinn of North Carolina. But he caught just eight passes last season and 12 in his career. He goes 6-3 1/2, 264 pounds and can hold up at the point of attack. That's a valuable commodity for the tight end position in the NFL -- and it will make Quinn a mid-round draft pick.