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2019 NFL Combine Results: Iowa tight ends dominate the position workouts

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It’s Hockenson’s and Fant’s world at tight end this year, and everyone else is just living in it.

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

If the two Iowa Hawkeyes tight ends are not the first two players at their position off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft, it will be a major surprise. Both Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson staked their claim as the top two tight ends on Saturday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, with each player living up to the hype that has been coming their way since the conclusion of the college football season.

Hockenson is currently seen as the better overall prospect, due to superior blocking abilities. Still, his athletic ability left nothing to be desired. At 6-foot-4 34 and 251 pounds, Hockenson’s 4.70-second time in the 40-yard dash is very good. The same goes for his 37.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. However, his agility numbers are the equal of many of the better wide receivers in this year’s draft class, with a 7.02-second time in the 3-cone drill and a short shuttle time of 4.18.

Fant, meanwhile, is drawing praise as a move tight end who will primarily contribute in the passing game. And for as impressive as Hockenson’s workout was, Fant’s testing numbers were simply absurd. 6-foot-4, 250-pounders rarely run a 4.50-second 40, and they almost never put up a 3-cone time of 6.81 seconds. Both of those numbers are in the 95th percentile or above for tight ends, as were his numbers in the vertical (39 12 inches) and broad jump (10-foot-7).

Meanwhile, LSU’s Foster Moreau and Alabama’s Irv Smith both had solid workouts as well, though not quite as impressive as the two Iowa players’. There should be plenty of intriguing options for the Green Bay Packers if they choose to go draft a tight end early in the 2019 NFL Draft.

TEs - 2019 Combine

Player Position College Height Weight Arm Hand Bench 40 Vert Broad 3-Cone 20 Shuttle
Player Position College Height Weight Arm Hand Bench 40 Vert Broad 3-Cone 20 Shuttle
Blanton, Kendall TE Missouri 6062 262 33 3/4 10 3/8 22 4.95 31 113 7.37 4.42
Brown, Keenen TE Texas St. 6024 250 34 1/2 9 7/8 17 4.75 33 117 7.27 4.51
Conrad, C.J. TE Kentucky 6044 249 31 9 1/4 -- -- -- -- -- --
Fant, Noah TE Iowa 6041 249 33 1/2 9 3/4 20 4.50 39.5 127 6.81 4.22
Gentry, Zach TE Michigan 6081 265 34 1/8 9 1/2 12 4.90 29.5 110 7.40 4.53
Helm, Daniel TE Duke 6041 249 33 3/8 9 1/2 14 4.89 -- -- -- --
Hockenson, T.J. TE Iowa 6046 251 32 1/4 9 1/2 17 4.70 37.5 123 7.02 4.18
Knox, Dawson TE Mississippi 6046 254 33 1/2 9 3/4 16 -- 34.5 -- 7.12 4.27
Mack, Alize TE Notre Dame 6040 249 33 3/4 9 3/8 22 4.70 36 120 7.27 4.34
Moreau, Foster TE LSU 6041 253 33 1/2 9 5/8 22 4.66 36.5 121 7.16 4.11
Nauta, Isaac TE Georgia 6032 244 31 7/8 9 3/8 19 4.91 28 -- 7.45 4.43
Oliver, Josh TE San Jose St. 6045 249 33 1/2 10 3/4 22 4.63 34 117 7.21 4.47
Raymond, Dax TE Utah St. 6046 255 32 5/8 10 1/4 15 4.73 32 109 7.15 4.39
Sample, Drew TE Washington 6046 255 33 3/8 9 5/8 -- 4.71 33.5 115 7.15 4.31
Smith Jr., Irv TE Alabama 6023 242 31 1/2 9 1/2 19 4.63 32.5 110 7.32 4.33
Smith, Kaden TE Stanford 6050 255 32 1/4 9 5/8 15 4.92 32 108 7.08 4.47
Sternberger, Jace TE Texas A&M 6040 251 32 1/8 9 3/4 17 4.75 31.5 113 7.19 4.31
Sweeney, Tommy TE Boston College 6044 251 32 3/4 9 3/4 17 4.83 -- -- -- --
Warring, Kahale TE San Diego St. 6051 252 32 3/4 9 3/4 19 4.67 36.5 122 7.21 4.25
Wesco, Trevon TE West Virginia 6034 267 34 3/4 9 1/2 24 4.89 31 117 7.18 4.38
Wilson, Caleb TE UCLA 6042 240 33 9 3/4 -- 4.56 29 113 7.20 4.40