Browns: Top 5 tight end targets in the 2018 NFL Draft
4. Dalton Schultz, Stanford
Moving away from the prototypical Troy Fumagalli, Stanford’s Dalton Schultz is a bit slower, but a bit taller and leaner, and he has amazing catching ability. Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 240 pounds (according to WalterFootball.com) Schultz is a fantastic physical specimen.
Schultz’s catching ability has been fantastic for his entire career, and it has shown during his time with the Stanford Cardinals. He totaled only 22 receptions (for 212 yards and three touchdowns) in 2017, but like Wisconsin, Stanford operates in an almost run-exclusive offense.
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Fortunately for Schultz, this gave him the opportunity to show off his blocking prowess.
Even at a somewhat slight 240 pounds for his frame, Schultz showed amazing blocking ability. Perhaps he was part of the reason for Bryce Love’s incredible success in 2017.
With Schultz blocking for him, Love rushed for 2,118 yards in 2017, and had 19 rushing touchdowns on the year. Love’s supreme running attack carried the Cardinal offense, and Schultz helped that offensive on the blocking front.
NFL.com‘s NFL Draft profiles describe Schultz as follows:
"“Schultz is a Y-tight end with the abilityhttp://www.nfl.com/draft/2018/profiles/dalton-schultz?id=2560111 as a run blocker to help bolster a team’s rushing attack very quickly. While his frame could still use more mass, he plays with good technique and play strength at the point of attack and shows an ability to impose his will upon edge defenders if they half-step into the rep.” — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com"
Clearly, the incoming rookie tight end is fundamentally sound. He could go as early as the late first round, but he is more likely to be a day two pick. If the Browns want to add size, catching ability, and fundamentals to their tight end room, they’ll be happy to land Schultz.