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2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Tight Ends

Our favorite tight ends in the upcoming draft.

California v Stanford

The_Coach: Adam Trautman (Dayton)

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Dayton’s NFL alumni include guys like Bob DeMarco and Jim Katcavage, but the Flyers haven’t had anyone in the league since the 1970’s. That could change in 2020 with massive tight end Adam Trautman. A player who helped his stock with a strong Senior Bowl showing, the 6’ 5”, 250-pounder grabbed 70 catches for 916 yards in 2019 and tallied 14 touchdowns along the way. He’s projected as a second-day pick.

Ross Parker: Colby Parkinson (Stanford)

NCAA Football: San Diego State at Stanford Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Beaver fans know all too well how Stanford has turned into Tight End U in the college football world. Colby Parkinson continues that legacy of good tight ends from Stanford and will turn his attention to the NFL now. For what he does well, Stanford teaches their tight ends to block well before they do anything else and Parkinson can do that, just not to the extent that past Stanford tight ends could. His route tree could use some work, but he is lethal down the seam and a legit threat in the red zone at all times. In addition, Stanford lined Parkinson all over the field which has taught him versatility, which will be a huge asset to fitting into a large number of offenses. Parkinson has an appealing ceiling, but needs some coaching up in the NFL. This tight end class is not very good, so a team could reach in the draft for a high upside guy like Parkinson. His success in the NFL could be hugely decided on where he goes and who is his quarterback.

John Severs: Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)

NCAA Football: Missouri at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Okwuegbunam is a classic boom or bust prospect. He has amazing size and speed, and tore up the SEC in his three years with the Tigers. However, he’s not a great route runner or a skilled blocker. If you’re picking him, you’re taking a big risk, so I would say not before the fourth round, but with the right scheme and coaching Okkwuegbunam could become an elite offensive threat.

Want more of our favorite players in the upcoming NFL Draft? Check out our previous position groups below: