2019 NFL preview: Tight Ends

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Topping this years draft board are two very talented tight ends who happen to be teammates.

Iowa’s T. J Hockenson and Noah Fant top many NFL draft analyst top 2 spots.

First on the board is T. J Hockenson, who surprised many as he declared for the 2019 NFL draft. It looks like his timing couldn’t have been any better.

With the news of New England Patriots all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s retirement, Hockenson quickly became a favorite to replace Gronkowski in New England. He had a favorable combine, running a very respectable 40 at a time of 4.7 seconds, and a vertical leap of 37.5″.

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2019 NFL Combine: QBs, WOs and TEs

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Ok, so the first thing I learned at the NFL Combine is that they call Wide Receivers… Wide Outs. Frankly, I’m not sure why. They all SAY the words “wide receiver” when talking about them, but the official literature calls them “wide outs.”

The second thing I learned is that you have to be really (REALLY) quiet at the workouts in Lucas Oil Stadium. ZERO tolerance for noise, clapping, anything that might distract the players from having their best results. With over 6,000 fans in attendance, the stadium workers were kept pretty busy policing the crowd.

All-in-all, it was an amazing experience for me today to see first-hand what these young men were going through. While the TV gives you an up-close perspective, the sights and sounds of being in that stadium must be experienced in person.

Today it was all about Quarterbacks, Tight Ends, and Wide Outs. Let’s take a look at who the top performers were in each category.

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