2014 NFL Draft: Young and Beastly Tight Ends

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Bowl season is upon us which means getting our last looks at top NFL prospects.  The other day I looked at Running Back declarations to monitor and today we’ll look at tight ends.  As you may have read in Tyler Wilson and the curse of the old quarterback or We need to have a talk about Giants WR Rueben Randle I believe that prospect age DOES matter, so it’s interesting to look at which players have the right blend of talent and youth.

For Tight Ends it is VERY RARE for a player to play his rookie season at age 21.  Only seven TEs in NFL history have recorded 10+ catches in their age 21 season.  In a minute you’ll meet one 2014 TE who could join this elite club:

Aaron Hernandez, 45

Rob Gronkowski, 42

Jason Witten, 35

Tony Gonzalez, 33

Martellus Bennett. 20

Johnny Mitchell, 16

Todd Heap, 16

Pretty spectacular list, huh?

For the purposes of this article, I’m looking for Tight Ends who:

1) are eligible for 2014 NFL Draft

2) would play their rookie season at age 21 or 22

3) are taller than 6’4”

Here are my results and opportunities for you to watch them during bowl season.  Please understand that the likelihood of them being in the draft varies greatly from guys who have graduated to guys who are eligible but haven’t declared.

UPDATE: Check out Johnny Manziel and the 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Age Project for ages of (almost) every player eligible for the `14 Draft.

TE School Born Height Bowl
Eric Ebron* North Carolina 4/10/1993 6’4”1/8 Belk
Colt Lyeria* Oregon 11/13/1992 6’4” 5/8
Rory Anderson South Carolina 10/2/1992 6’5” Capitol One
Austin Seferian Jenkins* Washington 9/29/1992 6’5” 3/4 Fight Hunger
Xavier Grimble USC 9/2/1992 6’4” 5/8 Las Vegas
Jace Amaro* Texas Tech 6/26/1992 6’4” 5/8 Holiday

Ebron is the real standout of this group as he is destined to join that 21 year old, 10 catch group.  The others would be 22 in their rookie years.  If you think I’m missing someone, please leave a comment!

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