Early Look Depth Chart: Tight End

The strength of the Spartans offense a year ago looks to have several question marks heading into camp. Here is a preseason look at the tight ends as Michigan State prepares to open camp.

The core of the Spartans tight ends from the past couple of season is gone as Garrett Celek and Brian Linthicum have both graduated.

While the Spartans have great numbers, there are questions that will need to be answered in camp before anyone will say there is quality depth.

TIGHT ENDS Dion SimsDenzel DroneAndrew GleichertDerek HoebingPaul Lang

There is no mistaking the talent of Sims since he arrived on campus. The problem has been off the field issues and injuries that have slowed him from becoming one of the top tight ends in the country. If Sims can put it all together, look out because at 6-foot-5, 285-pounds, he's not your average tight end.

Last season Sims showed the toughness many had questioned in the past by playing the stretch run with a broken hand.

However, after Sims is where the questions begin as the Spartans will look to converted defensive end Denzel Drone who played the position in high school. While Drone could see a pass or two come his way, look for him to be used more as a blocker when the Spartans look to power up the running game.

Derek Hoebing has yet to show what many Spartan fans had hoped for when he came out of high school and some have asked if he might be better served as an offensive tackle. Paul Lang has fought injuries and there was some question about his return this fall.

Walk-on Andrew Gleichert could see reps if others fail to produce the results needed.

INCOMING FRESHMEN Josiah PriceEvan Jones

Both Price and Jones come in with high expectations for the future. If those ahead of the two new faces don't get the job done, don't be surprised to see one of these guys to get some reps. The plan should be to redshirt both players to continue the depth at a position the Spartans have no plans of getting rid of.

Price may be more advanced as he projects as a player capable of lining up on the line or as an H-back if needed. Jones will have some growing pains as he makes the adjustment from the high school level to college and could be another player who down the road could be moved to another position.

OTHERS - Jamare Mills

We listed Mills here because there is still work needed by the Ohio native before he is official a member of the program. While all indication points to Mills making it, we'll have to wait and see. At 6-foot-4, 275-pounds, Mills could find early reps as a blocker in two tight end sets.


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