Photo of Rob Blanchflower
Grade
5.11 ?
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 256LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

2013: Finished season with 313 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Missed three games due to injury. Finished college career with 1,164 receiving yards, the most ever for a UMass tight end. 2012: Played and started in 10 games, catching 43 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns on the season, averaging 46.4 yards per game. 2011: Played and started in 10 games at tight end, and made 18 catches for 208 yards with one touchdown. 2010: Played all 11 games with four starts, making 21 catches for 179 yards with three touchdowns. 2009: Redshirted.

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size. Competitive run blocker -- drives his legs and works to finish. Tough. Functional pass protector. Lays out for the ball and will sell out his body to make difficult catches. Good career production -- exits school as career receiving leader for a tight end. Smart. Solid special-teams temperament. Respected leader and two-time team captain. Four-year starter.

Weaknesses

Average athletic ability. Can improve beating the jam. Not a quick or savvy route runner. Rounds out of his breaks and can do a better job selling routes with stems and nods. Creates little separation. Takes what he is given after the catch -- limited creativity and elusiveness. Inconsistent hands. Regularly matched up vs. lesser competition.

Bottom Line

A scrappy, tough, competitive 'Y' tight end, Blanchflower was slowed by injury as a senior. However, he possesses the grit to factor in-line in the run game and can become a solid base-blocking No. 3 tight end and short-area receiving option.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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