Kendall Blanton (TE, Missouri) – 64

Blanton has shown considerable versatility at Missouri – he has lined up as a conventional TE, a slot receiver, an H-Back and a FB.  He has an imposing frame (6-6, 265lb) and is a fluid, powerful athlete.  So far in his career, he has been part of a 3 or 4 man platoon of TEs, which has limited his opportunities to shine; he did, however, show enough in the 2016 season to suggest that he could be a major sleeper in what is a markedly less impressive 2018 TE draft class than the 2017 equivalent.  Blanton has very good hands and will make the contested catch; his TD catch in the South Carolina game is a good example.  He uses his frame well and will bully smaller DBs.  His route running, however, can be a bit sloppy and he needs to become more precise in his breaks.  At the moment, he is more polished as a pass blocker than in the running game.  In pass protection, he anchors well and shows a strong punch, whereas he lacks a bit of explosiveness as a run blocker; I’d like to see a bit more aggression in the running game.  With Sean Culkin, last year’s starting TE for Mizzou, in camp with the LA Chargers, Blanton should get more opportunities this season and I have a funny feeling that this current 5th/6th round borderline grade might improve dramatically over the course of the 2017 season.

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