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C.J. Conrad already projected as top tight end in 2019 NFL draft

C.J. Conrad (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For two years Kentucky assistant coach Vince Marrow has told me time after time that tight end C.J. Conrad would play in the National Football League.

Yet Kentucky’s offense has never seemed to fully showcase the talent Marrow — and others — feel Conrad has. Last year he had only 16 catches for 286 yards and four scores before missing the final three games with a foot injury. In his career, he has 50 receptions for 697 yards — 14 yards per catch — and nine touchdowns.

When healthy, he can be a dominating blocker and has been a significant reason Benny Snell has rushed for over 1,000 yards each of the last two seasons.

ESPN draft analyst has the 6-5, 252-pound Conrad already projected as the top tight end in the 2019 draft. Listed after Conrad were Tyler Pettitle (USC), Tommy Sweeney (Boston College), Foster Moreau (LSU) and Matt Sokol (Michigan State).

A tight end has been taken in the first round three times in the last five NFL drafts.

Remember Kentucky has not had a player drafted since Josh Forrest in 2016 and now linebacker Josh Allen is being projected as a top 15 pick and Conrad projected as the top tight end. Kentucky has not had a tight end drafted since Jacob Tamme in 2008. He played nine years in the NFL.

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  1. It’s a shame that Gran thinks TE’s are only for blocking. I have to say of the 3 OC’s Stoops has had, I actually like Gran’s game plans the least.

    1. He has to throw to Conrad this year

    2. Gran needs to pick it up in 2018 OF. I am still upset with the way Shannon Dawson was shown the door. Not many were on his side though when he bolted for SM after only one year with the Cats. Just was not a good fit for him or Stoops I guess. That said though, Dawson knew more about offensive football than he was given credit for. Then his offense at SM beats Stoops at CWS after UK blew a big lead the year after he left.. I hope Gran will use a TE’like Conrad more in the passing game this year, but I’m not holding my breath!!

  2. Use him more than just an extra lineman!!!! Would love to see us open up the offense a little more. Poor Benny can’t carry the entire load. GO CATS!!!

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