Grading the 2015 NFL Draft Tight Ends: Inline Prospects
Playing inline for a Tight End is playing the position as it’s traditionally designed. You want a guy that can do well on both ends of offense: Blocking and Catching. The blocking element is important because it not only helps out the running game, but also allows you as a coach to keep your base personnel on the field; which then keeps the defense off-balance in not being able to know what’s coming their way: run or pass. Ideally, you’re looking for guys like this that can do both or at least have above-average skills in the blocking department. Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys and Heath Miller of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the types of styles you’re looking for when you’re judging whether or not a guy is suitable to play inline, flexed or playing H-Back.
Here’s a look at the ’15 college prospects that have graded out as Inline TEs in this year’s draft.