This is the third, and final, installment of my Underrated Prospects series. This year’s crop of TEs has potential to produce a number of starting-caliber players at the next level. Some are already known and are being talked about, like Irv Smith Jr., TJ Hockenson, and Noah Fant. Others aren’t so well known or regarded. Today, we cover four of these underrated prospects.
Josh Oliver, San Jose St., 6’5” 250
Oliver is a player I believe will be around for a long time at the next level. He’s a very good athlete with good hands, lined up all over the field, and is a polished route runner. Plus, he has a willingness to block. As a senior, Oliver racked up 709 yards and 4 touchdowns on 56 receptions. Against PAC schools Washington State and Oregon, he played well, combining for 11 catches, 92 yards, and a touchdown. Not world-beating numbers, but solid. Oliver is not yet a finished product and will only continue to get better in the pros.
Donald Parham, Stetson, 6’8” 240 lbs
This is a player that just recently came to my attention. Parham is an FCS All-American who was as dominant as any player in the country, concluding a stellar college career with a stat line of 85/1319/13 in his senior season. That’s averaging 146.6 yards and a touchdown per game. Yeah, the NFL is a little tougher than the FCS, I agree, but that’s impressive no matter the competition level. On tape (what little I found), he displays speed, good hands, and no fear going across the middle. With Parham’s height, just chuck it up in the endzone and let him do the rest.
Dax Raymond, Utah St., 6’5”, 250 lbs
Going a little heavy on the small-school prospects in this one. Raymond was a key player on a very successful Aggies team in 2018. The redshirt junior caught 27 passes for 345 yards and 2 scores, despite only playing in 10 of 13 games due to an injury. Raymond played arguably his best game against his toughest opponent, #11 Michigan State, where he made 7 catches for 76 yards. This is an all-around good player, displaying plus athleticism, as well as good hands and the ability to block. He’ll be a valuable piece for dynasty squads everywhere.
Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, 6’4”, 250 lbs
One of my favorite tight end prospects in this year’s class, Sternberger is getting some offseason recognition, but not nearly enough as the top 4 TE prospect he is. Therefore, he’s underrated. Like many college tight ends, Sternberger had his on and off games. This doesn’t worry me. He played well against Alabama and Kentucky, two of the SEC’s toughest defenses in 2018, and, on the year, collected 832 yards and 10 touchdowns on 48 receptions. Sternberger proved to be a dangerous red-zone target, as well as vertical threat. He’ll be a strong, productive contributor early in his career.
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