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2014 NFL DRAFT REVIEW

Breaking down the Senior Bowl tight ends

Tue, May 20, 2014

In an effort to wrap up the 2014 edition of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Executive Director Phil Savage has put together his “official” review of this year’s draft class on a position-by-position basis. With 20 years of National Football League experience as a coach, scout, personnel director and general manager, his comments will communicate a professional feel to the discussion of these prospects and their quest to make an impact in the NFL. 

 SUMMARY                                                                                

31 of 32 NFL organizations selected at least one Reese's Senior Bowl prospect this year with a total of 84 being chosen over the draft weekend. Here is a breakdown of each round and the number of prospects selected:           

ROUND SELECTIONS TOTAL PERCENTAGE
1 7 7 of 32 22%
2 11 18 of 64 28%
3 19 37 of 100 37%
4 18 55 of 140 39%
5 13 69 of 175 39%
6 9 77 of 215 36%
7 7 84 of 256 33%

Three of the five tight ends that participated in Mobile were drafted with the remaining two prospects signed as free agents.

 Highest Selection                                                               

The Houston Texans picked Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz in the 3rd round and he should be able to contribute as a rookie in new head coach Bill O’Brien’s offensive system. C.J. has excellent size, can block at the end-of-the-line and has more separation quickness in his routes than NFL evaluators originally thought.

 Senior Bowl Bump                                                             

Colorado State TE Crockett Gillmore was a late invite to Mobile and all he did was show up on Wednesday and literally catch every pass thrown to him the rest of the week. He should provide a developmental option for the Ravens behind Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in 2014.

 Immediate Help                                                                 

Fiedorowicz is the most likely to get on the field as a regular this year. 

 Best Value                                                                         

Wisconsin’s Jacob Pedersen was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons and with his position versatility as a TE/H-Back, he has an excellent chance to stick on their roster. The Falcons coached him in Mobile and realize that he brings more to the table than meets the eye.

 Spotlight                                                                           

Georgia’s Arthur Lynch turned a very solid week at the Senior Bowl into being selected in the 5th round (#155 overall) by the Miami Dolphins. With his ability to block, it may allow Charles Clay even more opportunities to be utilized as a pass receiver downfield.

 Others of Note                                                                  

Fresno State’s Marcel Jensen was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent as was Marshall’s Gator Hoskins who inked with the Miami Dolphins.