We've looked at quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and everywhere among the line, but now we're set to tackle the last set of offensive players: tight ends.
So, what could the Rams be doing as far as tight ends go in this years' draft? Chances are, not a lot. Jared Cook is a quality starter and Lance Kendricks was just resigned. With more-than-questionable offensive linemen, weak outside linebackers and some basic desire to add a number one receiver, it's unlikely tight end is anywhere on the priority list.
But, this is the NFL. This is Jeff Fisher. This is Les Snead. We've been wrong before and, hey, this series looks at every position, so let's take a look.
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And, here's the widest array of players we've had in one poll yet. All top votes were split between Funchess and Williams, but it seemed the staff didn't know where to go from there. Of course, Funchess even had low votes because it's unknown if he'll translate to the NFL as a WR or TE.
What can be told from this data? Well, we're lucky to not be selecting from this group. Max Williams, a redshirted Sophmore, led the poll. He has solid blocking abilities and is seemingly athletic; however, his combine time would disappoint. Though unstated, his lack of competition as the #1 TE prospect, aside from Funchess, may have fueled that disappointment.
Funchess has cast doubts as of late. He's not that fast and tends to drop the ball. Not good.
The rest of the pack is, well, a pack. No one is separating. There's a reason for that: they're not special players. May one of them go on to have a fantastic career? Absolutely. As it stands now, they're not special.
It's a good year to be set at tight end.
What're your thoughts on this year's grouping? Strong? Weak? Will Funchess become a special talent, despite several doubts? Comment below!