- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
There has been at least one tight end selected in the first round of each of the past eight drafts, but that trend is in danger of coming to an end.
As things stand right now, the only two tight ends from the 2008 class who look capable of sneaking into the bottom of the first round are Fred Davis and John Carlson. Davis is the more athletic of the two and is coming off a breakout season as USC's leading receiver with 62 catches, 881 yards and eight touchdowns. Carlson, on the other hand, saw his production take a huge hit as a senior thanks mostly to an inexperienced supporting cast. While he's not as much of a receiving threat, Carlson is bigger and a stronger blocker than Davis.
USC's Fred Davis and Notre Dame's John Carlson are the top tight ends in a 2008 class lacking elite talent.