Tight End Deep Sleepers

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Chris Gragg, Bills

With wide receiver-type speed, standing at nearly 6’3”,Gragg had to be on this list. Gragg ran a 4.50 second 40-yard dash at last year’s combine before being drafted in the last round of the draft. In his one chance with more than 10 pass routes in his rookie year, he was targeted six times and caught four of them for 25 yards and a touchdown. With his size and speed at just 23-years-old, the play-making possibilities are endless.

 

That is, if the Bills decide to let 29-year-old Scott Chandler loose this offseason. Head coach Doug Marrone said the Bills would like Chandler back, which would mean Graggwould continue a minimal tandem role. But if Chandler chooses to leave the Bills in the offseason, Gragg could be in line to pick up a big chunk of Chandler’s 931 snaps that he was on the field for in 2013.

 

A good comparison to Gragg, size-wise? Aaron Hernandez. Though, Gragg is a bit more impressive, at nearly an inch taller, and a 4.5 40-time in comparison to Hernandez’s 4.64.He’s going to be available for little to nothing in your dynasty league, so go ahead, take a shot. What do you have to lose?

 

Rob Housler, Cardinals

Yes, I know you heard this last year, and yes, I know that Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians just said that Houslerand other  will continue to stay in and block. But hear me out on this one. Housler has nearly the same build as last year’s breakout tight end Jordan Cameron, except Houslerran a faster 40. Of course, in the current offense, none of that matters.

 

However, Housler will be a 26-year-old free agent with minimal wear after the 2014 season. At the price that you can probably pick him up at now, because of his underwhelming performance last season, he’s worth a stash on your bench. If he lands on a tight-end happy team in 2015, Housler has what it takes to be gold.

 

Brandon Bostick, Packers

As of now. Bostick stands as “the most talented tight end on the Green Bay Packers roster”, per the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel.  From basketball player and Newberry College to receiver to tight end. With Jermichael Finley attempting to make a comeback, the impending free agent should have some teams willing to pay up despite his recent surgeries. If Finely is out, the door for six-foot three-inchBostick will swing open. With a similar build to Finley, some say Bostick’s football skills are superior to Finley’s, primarily his route running. As of now, it looks like that opportunity will arise.

 

Looking for a even deeper addition? Take a look at Raymond Webber, who the Packers added a few weeks ago. Standing at six-feet two-inches, Webber is another wide receiver/tight end tweener who ran a 4.50 at his pro day coming out in 2011. He may be worth a stash in even deeper leagues, but I wouldn’t expect him to overtakeBostick at this point.

 

Ryan Griffin, Texans

Griffin may be on a lot of dynasty radars after the work he did down the stretch last season, as he ran over 30 routes of each of his last four games after Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham went down with injury. Over his last three games he caught 14 passes and averaged over 50 yards a game with a mess under-center.

 

Things should only go up for a the six-foot six-inch Griffin. Incumbent starter Owen Daniels hits the open market this season, and is not expected to return.. Garrett Graham, who started at tight end for the majority of 2013, is also not expected to return as his contract has expired. That leaves Griffin as the tight end in Houston on a team that should be looking up if they decide to go with a quarterback with their first overall pick.

 

Adrien Robinson, Giants

I’ve been on Robinson since he was drafted, so of course he had to show up here.  Standing at six-foot, four-inches, Robinson ran a 4.56 at his pro-day when he came out of the draft two years ago. Robinson recently said he sees 2014 as his breakout season, and he’s been hyped up by teammates and coaches for years.

 

With Brandon Myers hitting the free agent market, Robinson stands atop the Giants tight end depth chart as of now. We haven’t seen much of Robinson on the field, so that is a question mark, but his build says he has a lot of unleashed potential.

 

Taylor Thompson, Titans

This one is a long-shot, but at six-foot six-inches out of Southern Methodist, Thompson has always caught my eye when looking at dynasty tight end prospects. If Locker returns next year and Thompson can find a consistent role with Delanie Walker in the fold, he has some serious potential. Of course, at this point in his career he’s still a project, so it’s going to take some waiting, probably more than the others. But if he can continue to work on his pass-catching skills, he has some big-time potential with his size.

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