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, UABPowered by Sidelines