Thomas Duarte
Dolphins' Thomas Duarte: Selected in seventh round by Miami
Thomas Duarte, TE, DRF
6:17 PM
News: The Dolphins selected Duarte in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 231st overall.

Duarte was a receiver at UCLA but moves to tight end due to a lack of NFL speed. A ceremonial move to tight end would do well for his fantasy potential, but not necessarily his odds of making the roster. If he does stick, though, he's worth monitoring to see if fantasy owners can more or less get a wideout with tight end classification.

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Jerell Adams
Giants' Jerell Adams: Picked by Giants in sixth
Jerell Adams, TE, DRF
3:11 PM
News: The Giants selected Adams in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 184th overall.

Adams was widely expected to go in the third or fourth round, so this should turn out to be a nice value for the Giants. It's also a close to ideal landing spot for Adams -- unheralded tight ends like Larry Donnell and Will Tye have made fantasy impacts with the Giants in recent years, and Adams is almost certainly more talented. Standing at 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, Adams showed 4.64 speed at the Combine.

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Temarrick Hemingway
Rams' Temarrick Hemingway: Rams select in sixth round
Temarrick Hemingway, TE, DRF
2:51 PM
News: The Rams selected Hemingway in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 177th overall.

Hemingway could have easily gone in the fourth or fifth round, so this looks like a nice value for the Rams. Hemingway (6-foot-5, 244 pounds) has good size and equally good athleticism, highlighted by his 4.71-second 40 and 6.88-second three-cone drill.

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Tyler Higbee
Rams' Tyler Higbee: Fourth-round pick by Rams
Tyler Higbee, TE, DRF
11:53 AM
News: The Rams selected Higbee (knee/legal) in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 110th overall.

Recovering from a knee surgery and with very serious allegations of race-influenced assault hanging over him, Higbee carries far more baggage than anyone selected to this point in the draft. He's a rare athletic talent at tight end, but his April 10 arrest leaves his situation highly uncertain. Higbee claims he's not guilty, and his arraignment is May 5.

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Jace Amaro
Jets' Jace Amaro: Healthy for 2016
Jace Amaro, TE, NYJ
7:05 AM
News: Amaro (shoulder) is back in uniform and expected to be ready for offseason workouts, the team's official website reports.

Amaro missed all of last season due to his shoulder injury, but if he can get up to speed quickly, he could be a decent option in the passing game. Unfortunately, the Jets have a plethora of weapons there, including Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte, which likely means Amaro isn't heading for a huge season.

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Nick Vannett
Seahawks' Nick Vannett: Third-round pick by Seattle
Nick Vannett, TE, SEA
4/29/2016
News: The Seahawks selected Vannett in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 94th overall.

Vannett is a fine player, but his skills don't really translate to fantasy football, as he figures to make a lot of his living as a blocker. He won't be able to push the far more athletic Luke Willson for targets.

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Austin Hooper
Falcons' Austin Hooper: Selected in third by Atlanta
Austin Hooper, TE, ATL
4/29/2016
News: The Falcons selected Hooper in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 81st overall.

Hooper might not have a great deal of upside, but he has a high floor and should be a meaningful contributor to an Atlanta offense that never bothered to replace Tony Gonzalez. Rookie tight ends almost never produce, however, so don't expect returns on Hooper until 2017 at the earliest.

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Hunter Henry
Chargers' Hunter Henry: First tight end selected
Hunter Henry, TE, SD
4/29/2016
News: The Chargers selected Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 35th overall.

The Chargers lost Ladarius Green in free agency, and Antonio Gates will turn 36 in June. Given those facts, it's easy to understand why the Chargers would covet Henry, the consensus top tight end in the draft. While Henry doesn't boast obvious star potential, he heads into the NFL as an accomplished pass catcher and experienced blocker. Timed around the 4.7-second range in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Henry has the athleticism and size to turn into a standout fantasy tight end a couple years from now.

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Brandon Williams
Seahawks' Brandon Williams: Signed by Seattle
Brandon Williams, TE, SEA
4/28/2016
News: Williams was signed by the Seahawks on Thursday, Stephen Cohen of seattlepi.com reports.

Williams, a 28-year-old tight end, has recorded just four career catches so it's unlikely he'll make much of an impact in Seattle. He'll be a long-shot to get through the offseason without being cut, while Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson figure to lead the tight end corps.

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Garrett Graham
Broncos' Garrett Graham: Headed to Denver
Garrett Graham, TE, DEN
4/25/2016
News: The Broncos have signed Graham to a one-year contract.

Graham gives the Broncos added depth at tight end to go along with Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman, Richard Gordon and Manasseh Garner. His chances of securing a role in the Denver offense this season are bolstered by his past experience working with coach Gary Kubiak, while the two were with the Texans. Graham caught just four passes for 30 yards and a TD in eight games in 2015, but he did snag a career-high 49 catches for 545 yards and five TDs in 13 games for Houston back in 2013.

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