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NFL Draftnik Greg Cosell Thinks One Tight End In This Year’s Class Best Compares To Heath Miller


When talking about draft prospects, sometimes you will hear them compared to current NFL players. During a recent episode of the Ross Tucker Football Podcast, NFL Matchup executive producer and well-known draftnik, Greg Cosell, talked about the tight ends in this year’s draft class and said he thinks one of them compares to Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller.

“I thought that this kid out of Georgia named Arthur Lynch, and again, I’m just giving an example so people can get a sense, I don’t think he’s as good as this player, but I think that there’re similarities to a Heath Miller, in that he’s a combination blocker, receiver,” said Cosell. I wouldn’t put him at Heath Miller’s level right now, Heath Miller was a first-round pick as I recall when he came out of Virginia. Arthur Lynch will not be a first-round pick out of Georgia, but I think his skill set is reminiscent of that.”

Lynch, who will turn 24 in June, started 26 games during his career at Georgia and caught 56 passes for 970 yards and eight touchdowns during that span. Five of those touchdowns came inside the red zone, in case your curious.

While he certainly resembles Miller as far as height, weight and build go, Lynch doesn’t appear to have as long of arms as the Steelers longtime tight end. In addition, he doesn’t get up the field as quick as Miller did in his younger days. His straight-line speed is OK, but not great.

When you look at Lynch on tape, you can also see that his blocking needs a lot of work. Often times he will get over-extended and he appears to slide off blocks at times way too easy. In addition, he will let defensive ends get their arms into his chest more often than what you would like to see. He is strong, however, and he showed that by doing 28 reps on the bench at the combine.

Depending on what you read, Lynch will likely be drafted either in the fourth or fifth round come May as most have him as the sixth or seventh best tight end in the class. The Steelers could certainly use another tight end this year to groom, so if they pass up Eric Ebron in round one, you would have to think Lynch would be a possibility in the middle of round four or five.

Below are some game cutups of Lynch from last season.

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  • Brian Tollini

    Personally, I like Troy Niklas out of Notre Dame, the guy can flat out block.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    When I saw the title I was sure you were talking about C. J. Fiederowicz from Iowa. He is 6′ 5 and 262 pounds with 10 1/4 hands, so he seems more of a Heath Miller clone, although he is not in the same class. I still wouldn’t mind the Steelers taking one of these guys for the future.

  • steeltown

    I’d be happy with some fresh blood at the TE position.. Lynch, Fiedorowicz or Gillmore in the 4th-5th would be welcomed

  • dgh57

    I could see us drafting a mid round TE to replace Paulson, or D. Johnson that could be a replacement for Spaeth in 2015.

  • Steelers12328882

    OMG, taking someone that can block like that in the 4th-5th rd to replace Paulson would be great! I could also see us taking Ebron in the 1st, but this would be a welcome addition as well.

  • tim

    YES Bill! That is the TE I want..him or the Jenkins kid from Washington…both SHOULD be available in 3 rd or so…id love to see ine of them and then have some 3 TE sets etc

  • Andrew Alberico

    The Steelers need players, including a tight end, who can run. The Steelers are a slow team. Need speed at WR, RB, OLB, DB, TE. They move the ball up and down the field, then settle for field goals. Enough of that.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    That would look good to me, too. They can’t trust Paulson as a blocker, so what good is he? The new guy will have time to work into the system and next year will move up to the number 2 TE when Spaeth leaves.

  • Derick L Young

    i thought the same thing

  • Derick L Young

    some players get better through the years.

  • Derick L Young

    Ebron is not know for his blocking, just saying.

  • Derick L Young

    I don’t think “speed” will solve the RZ issues. I think a tall WR will, such as Mike Evans!

  • ATL96STEELER

    Granted, but you don’t draft Ebron to be a blocker imo…the deep middle of the field should be available to Ben, and RZ production should go up with tis kind of talent, but I like Evans also.

  • Derick L Young

    very true, couldn’t agree more. Evans and Dennard are my 2 in a perfect world.

  • Steelers12328882

    I meant “also” as in taking a receiving TE early would be the complete opposite of taking a blocking TE late in the draft.

  • Ala_Steelerfan

    Actually, if you want a Heath Miller type, wait until next year for McGee out of Virginia.

  • Chris Ranieri

    Those Auburn highlights make us dawg fans cringe. I’d love to see Lynch get picked up by the Steelers, but I am pretty certain he won’t be there in the 5th. I see him as a 3rd or 4th round prospect at the latest.

  • RMSteeler

    Absolutely right about better team speed, but also need a catching TE with speed. Ebron can be split out in the slot or wide and clear the middle or one half of the field, making Bell more effective. Especially since the team supposedly has the best blocking TE in the League in Spaeth. Spaeth can block for the running plays out of the FB position, or on the line for the short slants and reverses. Heath needs to be replaced before long. Ebron would be a good pick for improvement in 3 areas: Red Zone, an extra receiver that happens to be tall, and matchup problem for other teams that opens the secondary. Blocking by him can come later and can be coached. With depth issues at WR, he can cover two areas of need. I still believe that one of the two CB’s if available should be first pick, but unless an unexpected monster DEF player falls if the CB’s are gone, Ebron might be the BPA. If he’s gone, I have no problem with the other mid round TE’s mentioned by posters under this topic, but I think there will be better options available than Lynch that Cosell mentions.

  • Jollyrob68

    Paulson needs to get stronger but he’s a decent receiver. If they took Ebron in the first they can get a Wr with the comp 3rd or a good one in the 2nd. However we really need Defensive help.

  • HiVul

    Personally I don’t want another Heath Miller right now. I want Heath Miller and a more athletic tight end. Draft the next Heath either next year or the year after, we have him for 2-3 more years don’t we?

  • HiVul

    Plus we have Spaeth by the way

  • shawn

    Ya me TOO … exactly what i was thinking !

  • shawn

    yuck and double yuck

  • shawn

    Thats EXACTLY what I’m thinking … lets get the 2 set TE that can catch while we still have Heath for the next couple years … we can draft Heaths replacement in a year or 2 down the road !

  • tim

    Some players, YES…..Paulison, nope!

  • Derick L Young

    should they draft a TE early though? Much more pressing needs but we do have to see how the draft unfolds.

  • Derick L Young

    Defensive help indeed. this draft has a lot of WR talent. Steelers draft WRs pretty well.

  • Derick L Young

    Same place Miller is from, UVA.

  • tim

    Did….did you REALLY say you dont want another Heath now? Holy baby Jesus, if we can get another Heath you would have everything you’d need for your pass AND run games…two TE and two WR sets with TE’s who can block AND catch, unlike the Pats TE’s and former TE who only wanted to catch and were weak blockers, our O would be better than the Pats if we choose to score like that…

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