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Top 5 Tight End Draft Prospects

Who are the best tight ends in this year's draft class?

Who are the best tight ends in this year's draft class?

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There is some mobility among the top five, depending on the source, but most analysts agree that Minnesota's Maxx Williams is the top tight end in this year's draft.

"Williams comes from NFL bloodlines and has the self confidence often found in a former player's son, but he needs to improve his route running in order to become a more complete receiving threat," NFL.com wrote in their scouting report on Williams. "Williams led all college tight ends with 9 explosive catches (25-plus yards) in 2014 and should be an early target for teams looking for pass-catching weapons."

Williams is projected as a late first-round or early second-round draft pick. He finished his college career with the third-most receiving yards (986) in school history among tight ends.

Some analysts have Florida State's Nick O'Leary ranked as high as No. 3 on their tight end boards while others have him as low as No. 8. O'Leary won the John Mackey award in 2014, which is given to the nation's top tight end.

Below are the top 5 tight end prospects, according to NFL Media's Mike Mayock:

  1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota
  2. Clive Walford, Miami
  3. Blake Bell, Oklahoma
  4. Nick O'Leary, FSU
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