We love Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams as a player.
A solid, not outstanding, outing from Williams among the tight ends who ran and benched at the 2015 NFL Combine in terms of his speed and strength, may eliminate him from consideration for the Steelers at 22.
The guy they're reportedly speaking with, Penn State's Jesse James, had a solid day.
The tight end position testing at the Combine isn't usually one to garner much attention, but it's interesting in the sense strong players, fast players and balanced players can all have value in their own right. Smaller school guys, like Southern Illinois's, Mychol Pruitt, may not have great height but perform well athletically. Guys like Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman have a great build for the position and are as strong as many tackles, but may not be the best athletes.
Here are the measurements, 40-times and bench press results for the tight ends.
|Rory Anderson||South Carolina||6'5||244|
|E.J. Bibbs||Iowa State||6'2||258||20|
|Cameron Clear||Texas A&M||6'53||277||4.98|
|Jeff Heuerman||Ohio State||6'5||254||26|
|Jesse James||Penn State||6'7||261||4.83||26|
|Ben Koyack||Notre Dame||6'5||255|
|Nick O'Leary||Florida State||6'32||252||4.93||21|
|Mycole Pruitt||Southern Illinois||6'22||251||4.58||17|
|Wes Saxton||Southern Alabama||6'33||248||4.65|
|Randall Telfer||Southern Cal||6'55||250||20|
|Clive Walford||Miami (FL)||6'4||251||4.79||20|