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    2009 NFL Draft: Dan Pompei's top tight ends

    By Dan Pompei | Tribune staff reporter


    1. Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State

    He is easily the best combination blocker/receiver in the draft. He has excellent hands, but he is not a fluid runner. He was unimpressive at the combine. Pettigrew plays the game with an attitude. He is a little unrefined but has the potential to improve. He was a captain in college and he plays like you want a leader to play.

    2. Jared Cook, South Carolina

    This junior will be drafted as a tight end, but he really has not proven he can do everything an NFL tight end will be asked to do. Cook plays in a spread offense and rarely is asked to block in-line. But he is an outstanding athlete who has had excellent workouts. A former wide receiver, he has soft hands and big-play ability. Cook gets knocked around on his pass routes at times.

    3. Shawn Nelson, Southern Mississippi

    This is an athletic tight end who is more receiver than blocker. Nelson does have the potential at least to be a functional blocker, though it's unlikely he ever will be a weapon in the run game. He can create mismatches against linebackers and safeties.

    4. Travis Beckum, Wisconsin

    A good receiver who knows how to run routes and find seams. He can stretch the field and is dangerous after the catch. As a blocker, Beckum is not very powerful at the point. He can wall off and cut off the backside pursuit, but hasn't been a lead blocker. Beckum is smaller than you would like. Scouts compare him to 2008 first-round pick Dustin Kellar.

    5. James Casey, Rice

    A former White Sox farmhand, Casey is an excellent athlete who can run and catch. The underclassman also has been tried at defensive end, quarterback and wide receiver and once played seven positions in a game. Casey has a feel for getting open. He lacks the girth and power to be effective in-line so might be best as an H-back.

    6. Cameron Morrah, California

    This junior is a nice combination tight end who puts together blocking potential with receiving ability. He needs to get stronger and more physical, but is a willing blocker who can develop. As a receiver, he can run by most linebackers.

    7. Cornelius Ingram, Florida

    He is a very gifted receiver who can make big plays. He is a savvy route runner with speed who catches almost everything and gets yards after the catch. He has had a hard time staying healthy and he missed the 2008 season with a torn ACL. When he last played, he weighed 225 and he hardly ever was asked to block in-line. He has added more than 20 pounds since then, which could improve his blocking potential and/or take away from his abilities as a receiver.

    8. Chase Coffman, Missouri

    This is a tall tight end with a great catching radius and soft hands. He is not a real sudden or speedy runner, but he has a knack for getting open, especially against zones. He wins jump balls. Coffman has not been asked to block much so that element of his game is an unknown. He is hard worker with NFL genes—his father Paul played tight end for the Packers and Chiefs.

    9. Richard Quinn, North Carolina

    He may be the best blocking tight end in the draft. Quinn has the toughness to be used as a "sixth" offensive lineman, and the quickness to get out and take care of linebackers. He is not a very quick or elusive route runner, and his hands are just average.

    10. Darius Hill, Ball State

    Scouts see him as more of a big receiver than a tight end so don't expect much from him as a blocker. At 6-6, he is built like a string bean and needs to improve his strength.



    11. Bear Pascoe, Fresno State

    He is a blocker first and a receiver second. Pascoe is a big, burly, powerful tough guy with punch at the point. He is a tenacious competitor. As a receiver, he is decent on shallow routes, but he is not very nifty or fast. His hands are good enough.

    12. Ryan Purvis, Boston College

    Purvis has decent skills across the board but does not excel at anything. He is an average blocker with some bulk. He is not overly athletic, and his speed is so-so. His hands are decent.

    13. Anthony Hill, North Carolina State

    Hill has the mass, power and skill to develop into a decent blocking tight end. As a receiver, he does not have the speed to stretch the seam, but he can be reasonably effective on short routes. He helped himself at the Senior Bowl and combine.

    14. John Phillips, Virginia

    An average athlete with average speed, Phillips gets by with effort, toughness and instincts. He has decent size and nice hands.

    15. Dan Gronkowski, Maryland

    This is a tough tight end with a big frame who doesn't offer much as a receiver. He can extend his arms and catch the ball, but he is a stiff, mechanical route-runner without much speed.

    16. Kevin Brock, Rutgers

    He has the height, weight and speed NFL teams look for, but he is not a very physical or explosive player. Brock has adequate hands but needs to develop as a blocker.

    dpompei@tribune.com

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