2015 NFL Draft: Bengals’ Tight End Options

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Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Tyler Kroft (86) runs after making a catch against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the game 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Kroft, Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Tyler Kroft presents similar to Koyack.  He’s a capable and willing blocker, but will be in need of refinement.  A year to develop more size will also help him deal with what the NFL presents.  With respect to this class of tight ends, Kroft is hardly an enigma in this way.

Nonetheless, he presents a solid, reliable target in the receiving game and should give the Bengals another target to bookend the offensive line.  He’s quick and savvy enough to get open, though his quarterback seemed to miss him a lot despite being an option.

Versatility also isn’t a problem for Kroft whose athletic ability likely offers the option of moving him around in an effort to keep defenses guessing.  Like many collegiate tight ends who offer pass-catching ability, Rutgers moved him around, so Kroft also has the experience on top of athletic traits.

The Bengals and Hue Jackson’s approach calls for a few requirements from his tight ends: blocking ability, versatility, and reliability.  As a capable and willing blocker, Kroft shouldn’t be lost when asked to produce in this way.  His versatility should fit the Bengals’ game plan, as they’ve had little issue over the years helping players find their niche.  And as a reliable target, the team won’t have to worry as much about Kroft as they felt they had to with Gresham.  Tyler Kroft could be a nice addition to the team, but only as a Day Three option.

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