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Jermaine Gresham (TE)
  • Height:
    6'5"
  • Weight:
    261 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 5/8 in.
  • College:
    Oklahoma
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: Cincinnati Bengals
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 21 (21)
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Pick Analysis: The Bengals fill their biggest void in the passing game with the selection of Jermaine Gresham. He gives the team a legitimate threat in the middle of the field, and his exceptional receiving skills should be a nice complement to Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Bryant. Given Carson Palmer's struggles a season ago, the Bengals' revamped aerial attack should help him regain his Pro Bowl form.

Overview

Gresham will likely go later in the draft than he would have last year due to a season-ending knee injury in practice prior to the first game of the 2009 season. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee in October. He lacks premier top end speed but can challenge secondaries down the middle thanks to his stride length. Gresham is more of a finesse blocker in line but can and will smother opponents on the second level as well as down field. There are times where it looks like he has lapses of concentration from his route running to missing blocks, but he is smart and can pick things up.


Strengths

Rare blend of size, speed and athleticism. Vertical threat that consistently makes big plays and has a knack for getting into the end zone. Big target with large catching radius and good hands that secure balls in traffic. Possesses the body control to adjust to off target throws. Good downfield blocker.

Weaknesses

More of a long-strider than a burner. Erratic blocker with narrow base. Needs to work on route running. Loses focus at times. Missed the entire 2009 season with a knee injury.

Grade

8.3

 

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