Originally Posted by Cardinal96
That's a fair point and that was the homer in me speaking. I am a big Stanford fan. I try to keep any homer instincts out of how I look at where prospects may get drafted but it doesn't always work.
Ha yeah, it also has to do with the TE position and how they are viewed on draft day. Guys who have gone first round have either been freak athletes or very saavy, productive guys. When you look at the top guys only a few were selected in the first round. Gronk, Witten, Graham, Hernandez, Gates etc weren't and then even when looking at them there are some major differences between them.
Gronk fell due to his injury but I'm still not sure he was a sure fire first rounder. Most people pegged Gresham as the clear cut top guy that year.
Graham and Gates were both basketball players who turned football players and became mismatches.
People didn't know if Hernandez had a position in the NFL and had some character concerns.
Since teams know there will be guys later on they tend to wait. Add in that different teams are looking for different types of guys and you simply have a position which is overlooked early in the draft.
Do teams want an inline guy like Gronk or Witten who are too big for safeties and too fast for LBs? Do they want an F tight end like Hernandez or Graham? Do they want a H back? And then, how do teams value their importance?
With teams like the Pats, Saints, 49ers etc using the TE position as major matchup problems other will likely follow suit and therefore the value of good TEs will rise. However for a TE to be drafted in the first he needs ot be a special prospect and Eifert is the only one this year IMO