NFTC Position Breakdown: Tight Ends

A look at the top tight ends at the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp...

There were a handful of tight ends at the Oakland NFTC, but the top tight end was no surprise, it's the top tight end in the country, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham's Dalton Schultz.

The four-star punched his ticket to The Opening with a stellar performance in Oakland, looking great in his routes, showing the soft hands we've been seeing from him for two years now and good speed.  Schultz was a difficult matchup for the linebackers in the half-skelly and even tougher for the DBs in the one-on-one's. Schultz is ranked #1 at tight end by Scout and further cemented his standing there.

Granite Bay (Calif.) tight end Dylan Keeney has pretty good speed, as his pick-six against Long Beach Poly in the state bowl game can attest, and while some schools like him as an outside linebacker, his heart is at tight end and he showed that he's more than capable of playing that in college.  Like Schultz, Keeney is a good route runner and has the speed for his size.  His hands are good as well, though he does need to use a little better body control on some throws.  He still has a frame to get up to around 240 at the 6-5 he already is.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2015 tight end Kyle Penniston was probably the top underclass tight end there, and he's got good size and above-average speed.  He too does a good job in his routes and his hands are pretty steady.

Bellevue (Wash.) Newport's Drew Sample probably had the second best day for the tight ends, doing a good job getting off the jams and making some very good adjustments to some of the poorer thrown balls.  We've seen Sample a lot in the past, playing in a veer offense where he's not targeted nearly as much as other tight ends, but he showed on Sunday at least that he should have the ball in his hands more.

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard 2015 tight end Ricky McCoy is a big-bodied and physical tight end but didn't look like a natural pass-catcher, fighting the ball some and his route running can be cleaned up, but he was impossible to defend when being jammed, as he easily separated himself with a good shove.

Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley's Chad Olsen and Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont tight end Trey Olsen also had good days.

Greg Biggins, Scott Kennedy and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

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