The Dolphins have had a need a tight end for some time now. Ever
since Dennis Hickey decided that Charles Clay’s contract from the Bills was not
worth matching. I don’t disagree with Hickey’s decision to not match, because
Clay has not lived up to that contract, however, Miami’s tight ends have not
filled the void.

 Jordan
Cameron was a good signing, but he never reclaimed some of the magic he had
with the Browns in 2013. Cameron ended up retiring after the 2016 season due to
concussions. Dion Sims actually filled in nicely in 2016 but didn’t really
offer much in the passing game.

 I
noticed that Gase seems to covet blocking the most out of all attributes from
his tight ends. That seems to come from his time under Mike Martz. Maybe that
is why Gase loved Sims so much and brought in Fasano. According to PFF’s
Scott Barrett
, Miami’s tight ends were not very good fantasy options, there
reason; Miami left their tight ends in to block more than 31 other teams.

With
that said, let’s take a look at some Tight Ends in Free agency that fit that
profile



Levine
Toilolo (26) 6’8 265



Brandon
Williams (30) 6’3 260



Jeff
Cumberland (30) 6’4 260



Troy
Nikklas (25) 6’6 270



The
Free Agent class isn’t very flashy, but the draft has a lot of tight ends to
keep an eye on. Along with the names, I’ve attached the size and production
scores. All scores are out of 10.



Prospect                                     
        Size Score      
Production Score



Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State)  7.74    
            10.00



Troy Fumagalli (Wisconsin)          
      7.55                
8.83



Dalton Shultz (Stanford)        
             6.79                
5.34



Will Dissly (Washington)       
              6.99    
            5.90



Duran Smythe (ND)           
                 6.88    
            5.32



Ryan Izzo (FSU)         
                     
  6.73                
5.90



Hayden Hurst (SC)             
                7.03    
            8.20



All of
these tight ends have one thing in common, all of them are adequate to good
blockers. Something Miami really covets with their tight ends.
Goedert/Fumagali/Shultz are my favorite three on this list. They are athletic
and have the ability to block, which makes them perfect fits. If Gase wishes to
continue using his tight ends to block more, than guys like Ryan Izzo and Will
Dissly could be targets for the Dolphins.