Photo of Joe Don Duncan
Grade
5.0 ?
  • 35 REPS
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 268LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

2013: First-team AP Little All-American after becoming the only player in school history with a 1,000-yard season. Was a first-team All-Great Northwest Athletics Conference pick. 2012: Missed the season with a knee injury. 2011: Started in 10 games, finishing with 64 receptions for 949 yards and nine touchdowns. 2010: Played in eight games at El Camino Community College. 2009: Played in four games at El Camino Community College. 2008:: Broke femur, forcing him to take a redshirt while at Sacramento State. Misc.: Listens to Elton John before every game.

Analysis

Strengths

Big, soft hands and adjusts very well to the ball -- outstanding hand placement and catching radius. Good muscularity and weight-room strength. Very good coverage recognition -- feels his way through zones and finds open areas. Will drop his shoulder and barrell through contact. Flashes some power running after the catch. Respected, vocal, emotional team leader and it shows. Extremely smart. Outstanding football IQ. Football is extremely important to him. Emergency kicker and long-snapper. Superb production for a tight end.

Weaknesses

Has short arms. Average foot speed. Benefited heavily from facing inferior competition (able to separate vertically vs. small, slow defensive backs). Unsudden route runner. Not distinguished as an in-line blocker and plays down to the competition. Very inconsistent second-level blocker -- does not sustain or finish. Will be a 25-year-old rookie. Durability is a concern -- had multiple surgeries on his right leg.

Bottom Line

A big fish in a small pond, Duncan stands out against lesser competition and could have made a statement in postseason all-star competition to solidify his draft standing. However, he broke his foot training for the Senior Bowl and only showed to interview. Age and injury history can diminish his value, but he possesses the intelligence, leadership traits and versatility desired at the bottom of a roster. Long-snapping ability could be his ticket.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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