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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 1 (Offensive Line, Tight Ends)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson was among the Day 1 standouts of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine got underway Saturday morning in Indianapolis with workouts by the offensive linemen and tight ends.

The overall athleticism of offensive linemen has seemingly increased each year, and the 2014 class continued that trend with its impressive showing today.

The tight ends were underwhelming as a whole, with a mix of positive and negative notes to surround each player as none of them were able to put together a complete day.

Following my observations, you can also find a few additional notes from BBD editor Dan Hope, along with a link to full combine results.

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Eric Ebron vs. Jace Amaro vs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Who is the 2014 NFL Draft’s Best Tight End?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Eric Ebron is the most explosive playmaker among tight ends in the 2014 draft class, but is the best all-around player at the position? (Photo: Liz Condo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

With the continued emergence of star tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, and Jordan Cameron, NFL teams are seeing the value of having a playmaking tight end to round out their offensive schemes. Having a big-bodied, reliable pass-catching target at tight end is especially important to help teams with young quarterbacks, like the Buffalo Bills, in their development and long term success.

Fortunately for teams like the Bills who could be in the market for a tight end upgrade, this year’s draft class is full of opportunities to draft a tight end with star potential.

Though they might not agree on how to rank the three, most draft prognosticators agree that the top trio of tight end prospects in the 2014 draft class are North Carolina’s Eric Ebron (6’4’’, 245 lbs), Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro (6’5’’, 260 lbs) and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6’6’’, 276 lbs).

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Fullbacks and Tight Ends

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Scott Chandler’s health will be crucial to the team’s depth chart at tight end. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The American Buffalo was at risk of becoming endangered. Fullbacks on the Buffalo Bills can relate, as the team hasn’t utilized the position consistently in years.

Former Bills fullback Corey McIntyre had just nine carries over the course of the last five years in which he was the Bills’ fullback.

The tight end position, however, has potential under new Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Chan Gailey regime utilized the position more than the last few coaching staffs and in 2013 I’m cautiously optimistic about the position.

Let’s take a closer look at the Bills’ tight ends and fullbacks and how they could perform in 2013.

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins: The Basketball Prototype Tight End of the 2014 NFL Draft

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has the potential to be an elite NFL tight end. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The National Basketball Association held its 2013 draft on Thursday night, in which 60 talented basketball players achieved their dream of being selected by an NBA team.

In recent years, however, the National Football League has begun to see an influx of talented basketball players with the athleticism to be professional athletes, but who just aren’t quite good enough to play in the NBA. The tight end position in football has proved to be a natural transition for many physically-gifted basketball wingers, where the size, athleticism and skill set of a basketball small forward can be ideal.

This modern trend of basketball players-turned-tight ends has produced some of the best tight ends in the NFL today, including Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. Meanwhile, while Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis weren’t college basketball players, both elite tight ends fit the physical prototype standard set by the basketball converts.

This trend has revolutionized the tight end position, and has scouts looking at tight end prospects much differently than they did in previous generations. If a team is going to invest an early draft pick in a tight end, they are looking for a player who has great size and length, great leaping ability and good downfield speed.

Scouts covet those type of athletic specimens in tight end draft prospects, and a background in basketball certainly doesn’t hurt. It certainly won’t hurt Washington junior Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is projected to be the top tight end prospect in the 2014 NFL draft should he declare.

Seferian-Jenkins played college basketball as a freshman at Washington, but he is better known for his ability on the football field.

An explosive athlete listed at 6’6” and 266 pounds by Washington’s official athletics website, Seferian-Jenkins has ideal measurables to fit the NFL’s modern tight end prototype. While he must improve as both a football player on the field and a person off the field, Seferian-Jenkins truly has the potential to be an NFL superstar.

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Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: How Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Could Make Offense More Versatile

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

C.J. Fiedorowicz is a potential upgrade for the Buffalo Bills at tight end that could come via the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Buffalo Bills Draft continues to look ahead and examine 2014 NFL Draft prospects that could be a good fit for the Buffalo Bills roster. One such prospect is massive Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

There is little doubt that the tight end position has morphed over the past few years. Today’s tight ends, quite simply, look different than they did in the past. The size, speed and versatility needed at the position force today’s NFL tight ends to not only be accomplished receivers and route runners, but also excellent blockers. C.J. Fiedorowicz “fits the bill” in all of these categories.

Let’s examine Fiedorowicz and see why he would make a great Buffalo Bill.

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