The 2018 RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) tracks NFL draft prospect rankings from a variety of traditional scouting sites, giving you quick insight into how incoming rookies are currently being valued over in “real football” land.
This serves as a counterpoint to our usual stats-and-metrics-based analysis. Discovering where the stats and film crowds agree and disagree is not only fun but often illuminating. We’ll track the rise and fall of player values throughout the draft season and assess the impact on player fantasy valuations. We’ll be aggregating rankings from a number of well-respected sources.
NFL DRAFT TIGHT END PROSPECT RANKINGS
In order to ensure that you understand where our data comes from and how the scores are calculated, I recommend reading the introduction to this series.
The 2018 RotoViz Scouting Index Top Tight End Prospects
There has been serious movement at the top of the index, notably at the very top spot. Hayden Hurst is now the leader of the pack, sending Dallas Goedert into second place. Hurst’s average rank jumped from 3.4 to 3.0. His RSI score rose from 91 to 93. Goedert went from a 2.9 average rank to 3.0, while his score fell to 91.
Another mover was Mike Gesicki. He rose from fourth to third thanks to a rise in his average rank and RSI score. I wrote this week that Gesicki landing with the Saints could be something of an ideal marriage. Lance Zierlein may agree with me to some extent. He closely compared Gesicki with a former favorite of Drew Brees, namely Jimmy Graham.
That isn’t to say that everyone is a huge fan of Gesicki, of course. Optimum Scouting has him as TE8. Unsurprisingly, this is thanks to his blocking ability, or lack thereof. In their 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Guide, they write that Gesicki
“is a proven difference maker in the passing game, but he has a lot of room to improve as a blocker. He will likely come off the board in the late second round, but could slip to the third due to his struggles as a blocker.”
Chad Reuter lists Gesicki as his Most Overrated Prospect among WRs and TEs, citing issues with Gesicki’s route running and “inconsistent hands.” Reuter doesn’t think that Gesicki will be a total bust, mind you.
Further down the RSI, David Wells returns to the top 15 after a two-week absence. Jordan Akins is the big loser, falling from 12 last week to all the way out of the top 15.