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Brandon Myers (TE)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 250
College: Iowa
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Prairie City, IA
High School: Prairie City-Monroe
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Selected by: Oakland Raiders
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 29 (202)
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Pick Analysis: Myers is more of a blocking tight end. He serves as an extra lineman more than as a pass catcher. Iowa does a great job of developing run-blocking tight ends. Myers should help the Raiders' running game.
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Overview

Despite signing with Iowa in 2004, Myers' career seemed at a standstill. Not even listed on the depth chart in the spring of 2006, he developed into a reliable red-zone target as a junior, scoring five touchdowns on just 21 receptions for the season. Again listed as a backup entering his senior season, Myers parlayed injuries by others and his own development into earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades. Myers isn't a special athlete, but in tying for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns in 2008, he is viewed by some as an ascending prospect. Others, however, question if his effectiveness was due to defenses stacking the line of scrimmage in an effort to slow running back Shonn Greene.


High School

High School honors: Class 2A first-team all-state selection by the Des Moines Register and first-team all-conference selection as a senior...First-team all-conference and all-state player as a junior...Second-team all-conference as a sophomore ...Finished prep career holding nine Prairie City-Monroe records, including receptions in a season (33) and career (82); touchdowns in a game (5), season (19) and career (29); points in a game (30) season (116) and career (186); and rushing touchdowns in a game (5)...Recorded 992 career rushing yards and 1,237 career receiving yards...Averaged 10.6 yards per carry as a senior while rushing for 932 yards and 15 touchdowns...Member of prep basketball team that posted a perfect 27-0 season record during senior year, winning Class 2A state championship...Named to Class 2-A all-state first team by the Des Moines Register...Named captain of all-tournament team at state tournament after averaging 30 points and 14.3 rebounds in three games...Had 31 points and 18 rebounds in double-overtime win in state title contest...Completed prep basketball career with 2,198 points to become 26th player in Iowa prep history to score more than 2,000 career points...Helped team advance to state basketball tournament in four consecutive seasons...High school coach was Todd Jones.


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Analysis

Positives: Legitimate NFL build. Stout upper body. Good hand placement and upper body strength to assist in pass protection. Shows some balance and lateral quickness to mirror the defender. At least adequate initial quickness off the snap. Flexible enough to dip under the jam to gain a free release. Shows some burst out of his breaks and to gain separation. Not often given opportunities to catch passes in Iowa's offense, but shows at least adequate hands for the reception. Can make the tough grab in traffic.


Negatives: Lacks the straight-line speed to challenge down the seam. While possessing at least adequate upper body strength, is not explosive. Can get fundamentally lazy when blocking laterally. Stops moving his feet, causing him to remain engaged at the line of scrimmage or in space. Lacks agility in space to make defenders miss. Arrested in December 2007 on a charge of public intoxication and interference with official acts, pled guilty and was fined.


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