The best: Vernon Davis, Maryland; Leonard Pope, Georgia; Joe Klopfenstein, Colorado; Marcedes Lewis, UCLA; Anthony Fasano, Notre Dame; Dominique Byrd, USC.
The next wave: David Thomas, Texas; Tim Day, Oregon; Tony Scheffler, Western Michigan; T.J. Williams, N.C. State.
Possible sleepers: Daniel Fells, Cal-Davis; Jai Lewis, George Mason.
First-round projections: Davis, Pope.
Quick hits: Davis, whose nickname is "The Duke," set a scouting combine record for tight ends by running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. ... Lewis is a starter on the George Mason basketball team that shocked everyone and reached the Final Four. ... USC's Byrd is a gifted athlete but he battled numerous injuries (toe, knee, jaw) in college. ... Pope followed NFL draft picks Randy McMichael and Ben Watson as Georgia's starting tight end. ... Thomas doesn't have great size or speed, but he caught 10 Vince Young passes in Texas' Rose Bowl victory over USC.