2011 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE OVERVIEW – Tight Ends

TE Lance Kendricks was very impressive at the 2011 NFL Super Combine!

2011 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE OVERVIEW – Tight Ends
by
SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER

 
 On the first day of the NFL Scouting Super Combine, there were four Super Stars that emerged and all three of them were tight ends. All of these four Super Stars recorded some very impressive “eye-popping” MEARS RATINGS. TE Lance Kendricks of Wisconsin; TE Virgil Green from Nevada; TE Rob Housler (6-5, 248, 4.46) of Florida Atlantic; and TE Jordan Cameron from Southern Cal were very impressive on Saturday.
 
Thumbnail Virgil Green (6-4, 248, 4.64) of Nevada might have been one of the biggest surprises of the four-day Scouting Combine as he recorded some of the most impressive numbers of any player in the Scouting Combine. First of all, he recorded a 42.5 vertical jump which is unheard of for a tight end. His 42.5 vertical jump was the best of any offensive player at the Scouting Combine.
 
Green then ran a 4.4 in the pro-agility shuttle; did an unheard of 130 in the Standing Broad Jump; and finally a 23 Rep in the 225 bench press. This gave Green an incredible 1,928 MEARS RATING. This MEARS RATING would be the highest MEARS of any #1 player in the country for the last seven years.
 
Lance Kendricks (6-3, 243, 4.65) of Wisconsin ran an outstanding 4.57 while weighing 247 pounds, but his 38.5 in the Vertical jump and 4.12 in the pro-shuttle was pretty incredible for a player that big. Kendricks recorded a 122 Standing Broad Jump and finished with the best MEARS RATING for Tight Ends with a great 1,934 MEARS. Kendricks did a 34.5 vertical jump; a 4.15 pro-shuttle; a 122 Standing Broad Jump; and 25 reps of 225 on the bench press. Kendricks was an All-American tight end as a senior and a John Mackey Finalist as the outstanding tight end in the country.
 
Housler did a 37 vertical jump; a 4.21 pro-shuttle; a 117 Standing Broad Jump; and 22 reps of 225 on the bench press, but his unbelievable 4.46 in the forty made him stand out from the rest of the other tight ends. Housler actually ran faster in the forty than many of the wide receivers and running backs and his stock went completely off the charts, just as Green did with his 42.5 vertical jump. Housler recorded a great 1,931 MEARS.
 
Another surprise for a tight end was Jordan Cameron of Southern Cal. Cameron (6-5, 246, 4.59) did one of the fastest pro-agility shuttles of any skill player at the Scouting Combine as he recorded an unbelievable 4.03 shuttle. At one time, in the past, a 4.03 would have been an excellent time for a cornerback or a receiver, but not a 246 pound tight end. Cameron also did a 37.5 in the vertical jump; did a 119 Standing Broad Jump; and 23 reps on the 225 pound bench press. Cameron ended with an outstanding 1,887 MEARS RATING. Cameron actually played wide receiver as a junior.
 
Luke Stocker (6-5, 258, 4.68) of Tennessee also finished with outstanding MEARS RATINGS. Stocker did a 33-inch vertical jump; did a good 4.4 in the pro-shuttle; a 115 Standing Broad Jump; and did 27 reps of 225 on the bench press. Stocker is a tight end that has a very good chance to be a very high Draft Choice and although he did not test as well as the previous four, his 1,901 MEARS RATING would still have been the best HS MEARS RATING in the country for the last six years. Stocker still has great hands, runs great pass routes, and played in a great pro-offense that will help him adapt to the NFL faster than a tight end who did not play in an NFL offense.
 
Oordt Schuylar (6-6, 261, 4.63, 36 VJ, 4.25 SH, 119 SBJ, 18 BP of Northern Iowa; Lee Smith (6-6, 269, 4.8, 29 VJ, 4.28 SH, 108 SBJ, 25 BP) of Marshall; Julius Thomas (6-5, 246, 4.64, 35.5 VJ, 4.31 SH, 111 SBJ, 16 BP) of Portland State; D.J. Williams (6-2, 245, 4.67, 33.5 VJ, 4.51 SH, 111 SBJ, 20 BP) of Arkansas; Charlie Gantt (6-4, 252, 4.85, 30.5 VJ, 4.4 SH, 112 SBJ, 27 BP) of Michigan State; and Andre Smith (6-5, 269, 4.8) of Virginia Tech are other tight ends who will be considered in the 2011 Draft.
 
D.J. Williams was selected as the John Mackey Award winner in 2010 as the Top tight end in the country and he made some fantastic catches in the last two years from Ryan Mallett, but he did not test well and it is going to be a mystery as to when he will be taken in the Draft. He looks like that he would make a great H-Back, because of his size and great blocking ability.
 
Lee Smith played in out 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic and he was a beast at both DE and TE in our game. Williams was scheduled to play in our All-American Bowl Game Classic, but he was injured. Preston Dial (6-3, 246, 4.7) of Alabama and Ben Cleveland (6-4, 256, 4.67) of Arkansas both played in our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
 
Kyle Rudolph (6-6, 265, 4.64) is the odds on favorite to be the Number One Tight End chosen in this 2011 NFL Draft, but he is injured and he did not work out at the Scouting Combine. Rudolph was my #1 Tight End in the country when he came out of high school in 2008. He started as a true freshman for Notre Dame and he started six games for the Irish as a junior in 2010 before he was injured and lost for the season after those six games.
 
If Rudolph is healthy or not healthy, some NFL team will still take him in the First Round, because of his 6-6 height, great hands, and great leaping ability to make any catch in traffic. The only problem is that his injury is not a simple injury. His injury is a hamstring injury where his muscle completely tore apart from the bone. Never-the-less, Rudolph will still be a #1 Tight End Selection. Now, let’s sort out the rest of the tight ends and in order that they might be taken. 

SUPER SCOUT DANDY DOZEN TIGHT ENDS

1. Kyle Rudolph – Notre Dame
2. Lance Kendricks – Wisconsin
3. Rob Housler – Florida Atlantic
4. Virgil Green – Nevada
5. Jordan Cameron – Southern California
6. Luke Stocker – Tennessee
7. D.J. Williams – Arkansas
8. Oordt Schuylar – Northern Iowa
9. Lee Smith – Marshall
10. Julius Thomas – Portland State
11. Charlie Gantt – Michigan State 
12. Andre Smith – Virginia Tech

Click their Current MEARS RATINGS:

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My mission and goal is to search for that hidden high school football talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity. In 2003, 2004, 2005. and 2006, I hosted my Annual 7on7 National Championship. My goal was to get great athletes to one area where I could evaluate them and then help them with college coaches. The only drawback was that college coaches wanted to see the hidden gems in a game-type highlight film and so the college coaches suggested to me that I host a real All-American Bowl Game so that they could view these talented players in a highlight film, playing against other talented players. It's noted that the NCAA doesn't allow the college coaches to attend All-American Games or practices and so the Game Film is a great tool for the college coaches. In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In nine games in nine years, my wife and I have helped 549 HS football players to get a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. This also does not count over 1,000 players who we have helped that did not play in our game, including over 100 players in the 2010 Recruiting Season. My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a Top Gun Camp so that all of my coaches and I can evaluate them, rate them, rank them, and promote them. There will always be "Diamonds in the Rough" to be found. My First Annual Max Emfinger's Super Elite Top Gun Camp was in July of 2010. The Camp was amazing and loaded with unknown and known talent. Many of them were invited to play in our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In 2007, in my 3rd Annual All-American Bowl Game, a player by the name of Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday practice, without a single scholarship offer. Jackson decided to come out early and he became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
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