Top Tight Ends For 2010

I already posted my top wide receivers…now a look at HP’s top tight ends for 2010.

1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame–Big, rangy and fluid with WR skills.  Future first-round pick if he stays healthy.  He should flourish in Brian Kelly’s offense.  The Mackey Award front runner.

2. Weslye Saunders, South Carolina–An amazing specimen, his size and quick feet just jump out at you.  Another likely first-round pick for the Gamecocks.  With a better quarterback, he’d be a household name.

3. Orson Charles, Georgia–A hybrid type, almost a big receiver.  He was impressive as a true frosh and I expect him to blossom this year.  He can really stretch the field with his speed.

4. Joe Halahuni, Oregon State–A scrappy H-back with high football intelligence, he is a great fit for Mike Riley’s offense.  He presents a real matchup problem for linebackers.

5. D.J. Williams, Arkansas–Williams doesn’t have ideal size, but he’s perfect for Bobby Petrino’s system.  He’s an excellent runner after the catch and has soft hands.

6. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin–Another in a long line of elite–though undersized–Badger tight ends.  Athletic enough to chip in 106 rushing yards, too.

7. George Bryan, NC State–Few tight ends toil in as much obscurity, but Bryan went out and caught 40 balls last year and scored six touchdowns to earn first-team All-ACC honors.

8. Anthony Miller, California–A reliable target with good athleticism, Miller is primed for a breakout year after snaring 26 passes as a sophomore.

9. Willie Jefferson, Baylor–This is easily the biggest projection on this list, but I like the potential that the 6-6 Jefferson–a former basketball player–showed last year. With Robert Griffin back from injury to jumpstart the passing game, Jefferson could make a huge impact for the Bears.

10. Ben Guidugli, Cincinnati–I don’t see the Bearcats missing a beat offensively.  Guidugli is a prime weapon in Cincy’s attack and he should have a huge season.

Others to watch: Jordan Reed, Florida; Zach Pianalto, North Carolina; DC Jefferson, Rutgers; Kendrick Moeai, Utah; Kavario Middleton, Washington; Jeffrey Anderson, UAB

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8 Responses to Top Tight Ends For 2010

  1. slippy June 8, 2010 at 3:00 am #

    I know I’m 97% likely to eat these words knowing a Tressel offense…but Jake Stoneburner from OSU could be legit.

  2. Will McLean June 8, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    are you kidding me? Weselye saunders is the best. He has the speed of a WR and is HUGE and garica is not a bad Qb GO COCKS!!

  3. Anonymous June 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    Auburn’s Philip Lutzenkirchen has the best hands in college football…period! The kid will be a go to target for Cam Newton. If DB’s double our wide outs or LB’s drop into coverage he will eat em alive underneath. Then again if they try to press the line to stop the runnin game he’ll lite em up on the medium and deep slip routes. Thge kid has also improved his blocking skills. So at 6’4″ and 246lbs and great hands look out. He’s overlooked by all the experts but Gus will have a QB at the helm with legs which will buy time for passing lanes to develope. Lutz will be open on every play he’s not asked to block. He’s a hoss after the catch too. Hard to bring down by one man. Just a lil ole hidden gem about to shine down on the Plains.

  4. TTK July 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm #


    my prediction for ’10
    40 CATCHES 500 YDS 5 TDS


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