The Dolphins will enter the season with Tony Fasano, Julius Thomas and MarQueis Gray as their tight ends. While I love Fasano’s blocking ability, Thomas’ receiving/red zone threat and Gray’s upside, I would say this is yet, another weak spot in our roster. Fasano is a quality NFL talent, but his prime days are behind him; Thomas, even though he thrived with Gase and Peyton Manning, has been injury-plagued for much of his career, and Gray is a younger guy that has flashed but has yet to show starter type talent. What would happen if one of the three got injured? All of them have different talents and abilities, but I certainly wouldn’t be upset if we added a young prospect to the mix we have at TE. This year’s class is dynamic, but it’s been kind of a frustrating film for me. All these prospects can catch the ball, which is awesome; but the blocking has been...bad, in some cases just embarrassing. I don’t consider this class to be a strong one, which leads me to believe that we will be either looking through FA, drafting late or sticking with what we have at TE next season. Really, who knows though; Julius Thomas could have a bounce back year, Gray could take the next step and in off-season we might not even be thinking about the TE’s as a need (I hope so!!). However, here’s a look at next year’s draft class and what they offer.
Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin - Senior
6-5 249 lbs
Fumagalli is one of the more well-rounded TE prospects I’ve watched so far. He’s got the NFL size, and really does everything pretty well. He’s a capable blocker and can be a weapon in the passing game. I think he needs to improve in both areas, but in this draft class he’s clearly in the top half. I really like how he uses his hands while blocking but definitely needs to drive opponents better and square his shoulders. I think he will need to get stronger and his athleticism won’t wow anyone but he’s a smart player who’s one of the best blocking TE’s in this class. That alone will certainly help him stand out in a class where I haven’t found a single prospect that I would consider a good blocker. Interesting fact: He had his left index finger amputated one month after birth; still has some of the reliable hands in the country.
Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma - Junior
6-4 253 lbs
Mark Andrews is one of the best tight end weapons in college football. He’s got good size, able to win one on one battles on jump balls, tough to bring down, reliable hands, decent route runner, and good speed for how big he is. Now, I think his blocking is bad; although, he does put forth the effort. I’ve seen him multiple times running downfield to make a block, he’s just not very good at it. He doesn’t square up, doesn’t drive, needs to get lower, but these are things that can be improved on. Also he’s not going to make a living in the NFL blocking, he will be drafted to score TDs and he’s got the skillset to do just that.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn St. - Senior
6-5 252 lbs
Gesicki is another offensive weapon at TE, but his blocking is downright awful. He’s a long strider with good, reliable hands that knows how to get open and come down with some ridiculous catches. However, his blocking is really bad; he doesn’t get low, gets beat by various moves, doesn’t have the acceleration to catch up....he’s a liability when he’s called to block. He’s one of the bigger names in this TE class but until he can be more of a complete TE prospect, I would have a hard time putting a decent grade on him.
Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts - Senior
6-4 252 lbs
A transfer from Penn St.; Breneman has become a solid weapon for UMass. He’s a great receiving TE that has the capability of being a decent blocker. He’s a smart player that understands how to get open, get separation and has great hands. When blocking he does have good hand use, but needs to get lower and drive more rather than just latch on. Now, again, he’s one of the better blockers in this class, but I wouldn’t say he’s a good blocker; he’s ok. He will need to get a lot stronger and improve for the NFL but he’s got potential. He also does have a history of knee issues (that almost caused him to stop playing) and ultimately caused his transfer from Penn St. So that is sadly a big concern for me.
Dallas Goedert, TE, North Dakota St. - Senior
6-3 255 lbs
I didn’t have a lot of film on Goebert but from what I saw he’s an average blocker, strong handed receiver who is tough to bring down. He’s not overly quick , not super fast, and not dominate when blocking. He looks thick, and strong though, has a high motor and is sure handed (he’s made some crazy catches also). He may not be a top tier prospect but he definitely has NFL talent.
Marcus Baugh, TE, Ohio St. - Senior
6-5 258 lbs
Marcus Baugh is more of your classic inline blocking TE but he does offer more than expected in the receiving game. He’s a sure-handed receiver that runs hard and is tough to bring down. He’s definitely not a fast guy or super quick but when he gets up to speed he’s a force and can deliver a blow to anyone trying to tackle him. He’s a bigger guy which makes blocking a little easier for him then some of these other TE prospects but he’s still just an average blocker. He does a great job of latch onto defenders but he doesn’t drive, isn’t low, and his awareness isn’t good. Overall, the weaknesses I see can certainly be fixed and he’s got the skillset to be a quality/good TE in the NFL; now if he shows improvement this season he will absolutely be a top TE prospect in next year’s draft.
Cam Serigne, TE, Wake Forest
DeAndre Goolsby, TE, Florida
Christopher Herndon, TE, Miami
C.J. Conrad, TE, Kentucky
Ethan Wolfe, TE, Tennessee
Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA (RS Soph)