2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE AND NFL DRAFT OVERVIEW – Tight Ends
SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER
After the first day of the 2012 NFL Scouting Super Combine, there were at least five Super Star Tight Ends that emerged and all five of them looked like they could be drafted in the early top three rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. All of these five Super Star Tight Ends recorded some very impressive and even “eye-popping” MEARS RATINGS. At the Super Combine, James Hanna of Oklahoma, Michael Egnew of Missouri, and LaDarius Green of Louisiana Lafayette, might have been the most impressive Tight Ends, but after the Stanford Pro-Day, Coby Fleener has become the “Crown Prince” of the Tight Ends of the 2012 NFL Draft.
I have watched Stanford Super Star Coby Fleener for several years making the impossible catch, from Andrew Luck, for a crucial first down or touchdown and every NFL Scout was at the Super Combine to hopfully see Fleener put-up some great measurables. He did OK at 6-6 and 247, but Fleener was still nursing a hurt ankle and he was not able to really do his best in the forty as he ran a 4.67 and a 4.74. This was certainly not what the Pro Scouts wanted to see, so they were eager to see what he could do at the Stanford Pro-Day and he did not disappoint them.
Fleener is the same tight end that caught six balls for 173-yards and three touchdowns from Luck in the 40-12 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in 2011. Then in Game #6 of his Senior Season, Fleener caught 4 passes for 128-yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass in a 44-14 victory over Washington State in Pullman, Washington.
Talking about big-plays! In Game #8, Fleener caught only one pass for 21-yards and a first down; but Fleener also caught the very important two-point conversion in the Triple-Overtime for Stanford as they beat Southern Cal 56-48 in Triple-Overtime!
If you will look real closely at the photo of Fleener, you will see that he is at least four feet off of the ground, proving his old basketball skills of being able to jump out of the gym. At Stanford Pro-Day, Fleener did an impressive 37-inch vertical jump and ran two forties in the 4.45 range, boosting his MEARS RATING to an incredible 1,986 MEARS RATING and making him an “Iron-Clad” Top 10 Selection in the First Round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Hanna has been making big plays with his great speed and agility for several years for the Sooners and also in High School at Flower Mound, Texas. In game #8 of his senior season, Hanna caught three passes for 59-yards and averaged 19.7 yards per catch as the Sooners beat Kansas State by a 58-17 score
Hanna (6-4, 252, 4.49) not only ran a great 4.49 in the forty; he also ran an impressive 4.11 in the pro-agility shuttle; did a 36.5 in the vertial jump; recorded a great 122 in the Standing Broad Jump; and did 24 Reps of 225 on the bench press. With these outstanding measurables, Hanna recorded an outstanding 1,954 MEARS RATING.
In Week #8 of his senior season TE Michael Egnew of Missouri caught four passes for 51-yards in the huge 38-31 UPSET victory over Texas A&M in Overtime. Egnew (6-5, 253, 4.62) was outstanding all season as he grabbed 90 passes for 762-yards and five touchdowns. He only averaged 8.5-yards per catch, but he was double-teamed on every passing situation and made the tough catch with defenders hanging on him on most catches.
Egnew also was chosen to several All-American Teams at Tight End; plus he was a consensus All-Big-12 selection. Egnew was also outstanding at the Super Combine. All of the NFL Scouts knew about Egnew and he put-up some very impressive measurables at the Super Combine with a great 4.62 in the forty while weighing 253 pounds; did an equally impressive 36-inch vertical jump; ran a 4.32 in the pro-shuttle; plus he did an eye-popping 131 in the Standing Broad Jump.
Egnew was the Missouri Team MVP and the Tigers leader all season and he was theis leader again at the Missouri Pro-Day on the Tigers Campus as he improved his vertical jump from 36 to 37.5 and did another mind-boggling Standing Broad Jump when he went from a 131 at the Super Combine to an incredible 135 at Pro-Day. The 135-inch Standing Broad Jump is believed to be the best on the Planet this season. With these additional bests, Egnew improved his MEARS to a 1,929 MEARS RATING.
Another player that I have been watching for a couple of years is Clemson Tight End Dwayne Allen. He was selected as the consensus All-American Tight End in the 2011 football season. Allen is a huge Playmaker at the Tight End position. In the big 35-30 UPSET over Florida State, Allen caught four passes for 67-yards and a touchdown and in the ACC Championship game in the Orange Bowl, he caught two touchdowns in the 38-10 victory. For the season, Allen caught 50 passes for 587-yards and eight touchdowns, all Clemson records for a Tight End.
Some NFL Scouts consider him to be one of the top Tight Ends available in the NFL draft on April 26-28, but there still is a question about his speed. Allen ran a disappointing 4.89 in the forty at the NFL Super Combine and then he recently declined to be re-timed at Clemson Pro-Day in a workout with Pro Scouts.
“I’m a ballplayer, flat out. I’m not a track guy,” Allen said Thursday after Clemson’s Pro-Day. “My 40 time is what it is. If you watch me on film I play way faster. That’s all that matters.”
I have watched film on Allen and I agree with him. First of all, Allen is not running a 4.89 on his highlight film as he crosses the goal-line when he scores the winning touchdown. I would approximate that by looking at his film, Allen could run at least a 4.69. Plus: You should be able to run a pro-shuttle two-tenths faster than you can run a forty and he did run a 4.37 pro-shuttle at the Super Combine so that would be a 4.57 forty.
Pro Scouts will take two 40-yard clockings and then average the two for a legit timing. So if you take the 4.69 that I think he runs on film and and the 4.57 which is two-tenths faster than his pro-shuttle and average the two; you will have a 4.63 for Allen.
We’re not just talking about some Tight End off the street. Allen was a consensus All-American Tight End who also received the John Mackey Award as the best Tight End in the country in the 2011 College Football season. Allen is also giving-up his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.
Allen (6-3, 255, 4.63) did a 32-inch vertical jump; ran a 4.37 in the pro-agility shuttle; and did an outstanding 27 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press, giving him a 1,930 MEARS RATING.
Another huge surprise at Tight End was Ladarius Green (6-6, 238, 4.53) of Louisiana Lafayette. Green was fabulous all of this past season, but he was a relative unknown to most of the NFL Scouts in the country. Green was a great Playmaker in every game this past season for the Louisiana Ragin Caguns, as he demonstrated his great speed and athletic ability.
In 2011, Green caught 45 passes for 486-yards and seven touchdowns. At the Super Combine, Green shocked the Scouts with a 4.53 in the forty; a 34.5 in the vertical jump; and a 124 Standing Broad Jump. Then at the ULL Pro-Day, as he attracted a host of Scouts, he improved his vertical jump from 34.5 to 35.5 and his Bench Press Reps from 16 to 17. This enabled Green to record a very impressive 1,926 MEARS RATING.
Orson Charles is one of my All-Time favorites at Tight End and he was one of my top Tight Ends in the 2009 Recruiting Class. Charleshelped lead his Tampa Plant team to the 2007 Florida 4A State Championship and as a result of his leadership and athletic ability in that Championship season as a junior, he was one of my top rated Tight Ends in his 2008 senior season.As a result of all of these honors, Charles(6-3, 230, 4.5) was offered by all of the powerhouse schools, including Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, and Southern Cal. He chose Georgia.Charles has had an impressive three years as a Georgia Bulldog as he was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2009; All-SEC Second Team in 2010; and All-SEC First Team in 2011. In 2011, Charleshad 45 catches for 574-yards and five touchdowns and then decided to give-up his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.At the Super Combine, Charles disappointed the Scouts by choosing not to run the forty, but he did record 35 bench press reps which was the best of all of the Tight Ends at the Combine. Then at the Georgia Pro-Day, he ran a 4.73 in the forty; did a 30.5 in the vertical jump; did a 4.37 in the pro-agility shuttle; and did a good 113 Standing Broad Jump. Except for not running the forty in the Super Combine, everything still should look great for Charlesto be Drafted very high in the NFL Draft.DeAngelo Peterson is another great story. He went to Desire Street High School. The school was located in New Orleans, Louisiana in one of the hardest hit areas following Hurricane Katrina, forcing the school to relocate to Florida. Their inaugural 2005 football season was not washed out, but the team had to make a four-hour bus drive from Florida to the New Orleans area to play their district games.
Then in 2006, they relocated back to Louisiana, ending-up in Baton Rouge. In his 2007 senior season, Desire Street finally moved into a 1A District in Baton Rouge.
During all of this time, Peterson was making quiet a name for himself as he was a wide receiver, safety, and linebacker. As a senior, Peterson (6-3, 195, 4.5) was one of the Top Louisiana Recruits and received scholarship offers from LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
At LSU, Peterson was moved to Tight End and with all of his athletic ability, he should have been a Freaky Tight End in the SEC, but LSU started running the football and even their great wide receivers were not used to the fullest. As a senior, Peterson caught 16 passes for 198-yards, but he was in the clear on almost every play that he is in the game.
At the Super Combine, Peterson (6-3, 243, 4.76) did a 36-inch vertical jump and an impressive 121 Standing Broad Jump. Peterson chose not to test at the LSU Pro-Day, but because of his great potential, he could be one of the biggest surprise Tight Ends in the Draft. Peterson recorded a very good 1,875 MEARS RATING.
Adrien Robinson was not invited to the NFL Super Combine, but he really turned some heads at the Cincinnati Pro-Day when at 264-pounds, he did a 39.5 Vertical Jump; ran a 4.37 pro-shuttle; and a great 123 Standing Broad Jump. With these great measurables, and a great 1,873 MEARS RATING, Robinson could surprise some people in the Draft.
Two other versatile players who have played various positions in college are Rhett Ellison of Southern Cal and Derek Carrier of tiny Beloit College in Wisconsin. Ellison (6-5, 251, 4.74) was the starting Trojan Tight End as a junior in 2010, but then he was asked to move to Fullback for his senior season in 2011. Ellison was good enough as a Tight End to be listed on the John Mackey Award Watch in pre-season before he moved to fullback.
In the third game of his senior season, against Syracuse, Ellison caught five passes for 31-yards and a five-yard touchdown. Ellison was not the most athletic or fastest player on the Southern Cal team, but with a very high motor and a tremendous work ethic, he was chosen as one of their Co-Captains. Ellison was invited to the Super Combine as a Fullback and he ran a 4.74 in the forty; did a 31.5 vertical jump; and 109 Standing Broad Jump for an 1,860 MEARS RATING. Ellison can also play both Tight End and Fullback.
Carrier (6-3, 238, 4.42) might be a Super Combine Freak that is unknown, but he also is the kind of player who shocks the world when his name is called in the fifth or sixth round. Carrier obviously is an unknown ato most people nd he was not invited to the Super Combine, but his speed and athletic abilities are unmatched by most of the players that will be drafted.
Carrier is a former Super Star basketball player and he recorded 189 career catches for 3,111-yards and 29 Touchdowns for D-3 Beloit College. There are a few NFL Teams that are holding their breath that some of the other NFL Teams do not find out about him. There are not too many Tight Ends that can run in the 4.4’s except for Fleener and Hanna.
SUPER SCOUT DANDY DOZEN TIGHT ENDS
1. Coby Fleener – Stanford – 1,986 MEARS
2. James Hanna – Oklahoma – 1,954 MEARS
3. Michael Egnew – Missouri – 1,939 MEARS
4. Dwayne Allen – Clemson – 1,930 MEARS
5. LaDarius Green – ULL – 1,926 MEARS
6. Orson Charles – Georgia – 1,892 MEARS
7. DeAngelo Peterson – LSU – 1,875 MEARS
8. Adrien Robinson – Cincinnati – 1,873 MEARS
9. Derek Carrier – Beloit College – 1,866 MEARS
10. Rhett Ellison – Southern Cal – 1,860 MEARS
11. Brian Linthicum – Michigan State – 1,798 MEARS
12T. David Paulson – Oregon – 1,790 MEARS
12T. Chase Ford – Miami – 1790 MEARS
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