Kaufman missed his senior high school season with a knee injury suffered before the 2008 season even began. He earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior and twice was selected to the All-Continental League team. He caught a total of 97 passes for 1,918 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior. Just six months after his injury, he returned to play basketball.
As a freshman at Eastern Washington in 2009, Kaufman played in nine games and started five. He caught 23 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown. The following year, Kaufman burst onto the scene. He was selected to first team All-Big Sky Conference, and was selected as the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs MVP by College Sporting News, thanks in part to his nine catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-19 win over Delaware in the FCS championship game. On the season, he totaled 76 catches for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns. After breaking a metacarpal in his left hand against Montana State, Kaufman redshirted as an injury hardship case after starting the first four games for the Eagles. He caught 29 passes for 373 yards and one touchdown. In 2012, he caught 93 passes for 1,850 and 16 touchdowns.
Tall with long arms. Uses his size to shield defenders, and his length to catch passes off his frame. Reliable hands. Tracks the football well and attacks the ball at the highest point. Red zone and vertical weapon. Possesses good vision after the catch.
Hasn't dealt with great competition, or run a myriad of different routes. Doesn't explode off the line, and has build up speed. Needs to be more physical in his route running. Might struggle to consistently separate at the next level.
Kaufman is a very tall receiver, who is a dangerous vertical threat. He tracks the football well and is adept at catching the ball at it's highest point. He will need to prove that he has enough speed and physicality in order to be more than a red zone threat at the next level.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.