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.
Moore has some traits that can get you excited. He is tall, fast and is coming off a 1000 yard receiving season in the SEC. That speed is for real – just look at how he blew away Georgia’s Dominick Sanders in a race for the end zone in 2016. At the same time, there are some major question marks about Moore as well. He has never been a firm favourite of the Missouri fan base – he was one of the leading figures in the race protests that were later shown to be a canard, raising some doubts about his judgement. His hands are also quite erratic; whilst he can make some circus catches, he is also prone to a disproportionate number of relatively simple drops. He has the productivity and the measurables to attract the interest of NFL scouts but he needs to show that he has a) improved his concentration and b) developed into a team leader if he is going to surge up draft boards. He also needs to circle the games against the top defensive backfields in the SEC. Against Louisiana State and Florida in 2016, he had only two catches in eight quarters of play – if he is going to be drafted, he will need to make a conspicuous improvement in his performance against the strongest opposition.