North Carolina’s Eric Ebron dazzled at the NFL Scouting Combine and has been widely linked to the Ravens at pick No. 17.
But he’s not the only tight end that could interest Baltimore.
There are a lot of big-bodied prospects to choose from in this year’s class, and Head Coach John Harbaugh was very impressed with what he saw in Indianapolis, calling it a “really good tight end group.”
When asked who stood out, Harbaugh said all of them.
“There was nobody that didn’t [stand out],” he said. “I liked them. They’re just different. Ebron is different. The kid at Notre Dame [Troy Niklas] is different. They’re all just a little different.”
Here’s a look at some other tight ends:
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Junior; 6-foot-5, 265 pounds
2013: 106 receptions, 1,352 yards, 7 touchdowns
Amaro was considered a late first-round pick before the combine and may have improved on that in Indianapolis. He was in the top five among tight ends in every category except for the three-cone drill. He particularly stuck out on bench press, where he had the second-most reps with 28. Amaro is a big-bodied receiver who is tough to take down. In Texas Tech’s spread, aerial attack, Amara set the FBS all-time tight end record with 1,352 yards in a single season.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Junior; 6-5, 262
2013: 36 receptions, 450 yards, 8 touchdowns
Seferian-Jenkins is another big-bodied target who is a size problem for both linebackers and especially defensive backs. He was the John Mackey Award winner, given to the nation’s top tight end. Seferian-Jenkins was limited by a stress fracture in his foot during the combine, and said he played with pain all last season. Jenkins only did the bench press and had just 20 reps. He’s considered to be a second-round pick.
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Junior; 6-6, 270
2013: 32 receptions, 498 yards, 5 touchdowns
Nicknamed “Hercules,” Niklas helped live up to the hype in Indianapolis. He had the fourth-most bench press reps among tight ends with 27. Niklas is a converted defensive end who was in the shadow of last year’s top tight end, Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals). Niklas is a big target over the middle and in the red zone and has playmaking ability. He shows promise as a blocker as well, making him one of the more well-rounded prospects at tight end this year.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Senior; 6-5, 265
2013: 30 receptions, 299 yards, 6 touchdowns
Fiedorowicz was one of the Senior Bowl’s top tight ends and built on that at the combine. He had the best three-cone drill (7.1 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.26 seconds) performances at his position, showing he can lower his hips and get out of breaks well. In Iowa’s power running style, Fiedorowicz did a lot of run blocking. But he’s also shown he’s a viable chain-moving pass catcher. He’s a typical hard-nosed Iowa player who can make plays in traffic and deliver a blow after the catch.
Colt Lyerla, Oregon
Junior; 6-4, 242
2012: 25 catches, 392 yards, 6 touchdowns
Lyerla has excellent physical tools and talent, but a lot of red flags in his background. Lyerla left Oregon early in the 2013 season after receiving a one-game suspension for violating unspecified team rules. He pled guilty to cocaine possession on Dec. 27, 2013. Out of football since October, Lyerla showed off in Indianapolis. He had the third-fastest 40-yard dash (4.61 seconds) among tight ends, tied for the farthest broad jump (128 inches) and had the best vertical leap (39 inches) by a staggering four inches.