We want to know which schools have the best collection of talent in the NFL at five different positions -- QB, RB, WR, TE and DB. Using rosters from Week 1 of the NFL season as the criteria, College Football 24/7 analysts ranked the top three schools at each position, with points assigned to each school accordingly -- three points for each first-place ranking, two for each second-place ranking and one for each third-place ranking. The points were totaled, resulting in final rankings. We continue the series today with a look at who deserves the title of Tight End U.
Tight End U
Daniel Jeremiah: 1) Miami 2) Notre Dame 3) Stanford
Bucky Brooks: 1) Miami 2) Stanford 3) Notre Dame
The "U" has a long history of producing quality NFL tight ends since the Jimmy Johnson era. The pipeline continues with the likes of Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham dominating the pro game as "MOF" (middle-of-the-field) playmakers. With Clive Walford making his mark as the Oakland Raiders' TE1, scouts will continue to pay close attention to every tight end that lands on the Miami campus.
Charles Davis: 1) Miami 2) Notre Dame 3) Tennessee
Greg Olsen (Miami) is treated like a No. 1 receiver (did you see Denver defend him with a cover CB in the Super Bowl?!). Notre Dame produced Pro Bowlers in Tyler Eifert and Kyle Rudolph. Former Tennessee TE Jason Witten's career has been amazing, and Mychal Rivera is improving in Oakland. Just missing the cut is Cincinnati with Travis Kelce and Brent Celek.
Gil Brandt: 1) Stanford 2) Notre Dame 3) Miami
All three of these schools have a long history of outstanding tight ends. To play tight end, a player needs to be able to run, block and catch.
Lance Zierlein: 1) Miami 2) Stanford 3) Notre Dame
Stanford and Notre Dame might have more tight ends in the NFL at this time, but Miami has been synonymous with TE talent dating back to the early 2000s and has studs like Greg Olson and Jimmy Graham on its list. Stanford has the numbers, but it also has young talent like Austin Hooper, Coby Fleener and Zach Ertz, who should be pros for a while. Besides Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame has blockers and solid guys, but its pure volume lands it third.
Chase Goodbread: 1) Miami 2) Stanford 3) Notre Dame
Chad Reuter: 1) Stanford 2) Notre Dame 3) Miami
NFL teams looking to find tight ends go to Stanford, with the likes of Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz, and Austin Hooper coming through their ranks (the team has multiple pro prospects at the position right now). The Fighting Irish have had five tight ends picked in the top two rounds of the draft since 2006, including Anthony Fasano, Kyle Rudolph, and Tyler Eifert. Miami has been the home of athletic tight ends for some time. Its alumni includes Kellen Winslow, Jeremy Shockey, Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Kevin Everett and Clive Walford.