Ranking the Pac-10 tight ends

August, 27, 2009
8/27/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Tight end is another strong position, with a handful of guys likely to be NFL draft picks. No. 1 here might be a surprise.
UCLA: This is about outstanding depth. Ryan Moya earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, but started 2008 as Logan Paulsen's backup. Sophomore Cory Harkey and touted true freshman hybrid Morrell Presley give the Bruins depth and athleticism to spare.
Arizona: Let there be no doubt: Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in the conference and maybe in the nation. But missing preseason camp with a nagging back problem is a concern, and the Wildcats aren't terribly deep at the position.
Oregon: A lot of the Ducks' huge receivers look like tight ends, and their athletic tight ends look like receivers. It's hard to keep track. What is known is Ed Dickson is on the NFL radar and is the conference's second-best tight end.
USC: Anthony McCoy may not get as much publicity as other USC stars but he also is an NFL prospect. The Trojans are hoping talented sophomore Blake Ayles overcomes the injury and health issues that have riddled him.
Oregon State: Howard Croom and Brady Camp are solid, but they only combined for 29 receptions last year. They might help most by supporting an offensive line that is questionable at tackle.
Stanford: Senior Jim Dray is back from injury, and Coby Fleener and Notre Dame transfer Konrad Reuland provide depth. What's more, the Cardinal signed three tight ends in 2009.
Washington: Sophomore Kavario Middleton and Chris Izbicki were two of the Huskies' more heralded recruits over the past couple of seasons. Both have the ability to be strong contributors. JC transfer Dorson Boyce is a good blocker and will see plenty of action.
Arizona State: There are high hopes sophomore Dan Knapp, who has battled injuries, will break through as a physical presence. His backup is senior Jovon Williams.
California: Cameron Morrah, the Bears' second-leading receiver in 2008, entered the NFL draft a year early. Physical Tad Smith suffered a season-ending injury. That leaves a host of unproven players, topped by sophomore Anthony Miller, whose only reception last year was the game-winner in the Emerald Bowl.
Washington State: The Cougars lost their top-two tight ends from 2008, and senior Tony Thompson is mostly a blocker. Senior and former walk-on offensive lineman Zach Tatman and redshirt freshmen Skylar Stormo and Andrei Lintz will provide depth.

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