Boston College tight ends can show all of the great receiving skills they want, but had better be willing to get after their man in the run game or they’ll never hit the field. Pantale (pronounced Pan-TELL-ee) has shown talent as both a blocker and receiver to not only get on the field for the Eagles, but also to grab scouts’ attention as a potential starter at the next level.
His overall skills earned him time in every game (12 starts in 13 games) as a redshirt freshman; Pantale caught 21 balls for 223 yards and a touchdown. He put up career highs in receptions (31) and receiving yards (338) in 2010, but couldn’t get in the end zone after scoring once against Weber State in the opener. Pantale saw a dip in his production as a junior (21-236) but finished the season on a strong note, catching four passes for 70 yards in the Thanksgiving weekend game against Miami and scoring two of his three touchdowns for the year. In his senior year, Pantale only played in eight games as he had to deal with a broken bone in his right foot. He contributed 21 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Good height for the position. Gets his hands out in front to catch throws into his body. Has flexibility to grab passes thrown behind him or above his head. Shows a quick juke off the snap, works through or swims past linebackers using his hands to get into his route. Feet are quick enough in his routes to get free on out routes and double-moves against safeties. Runs strong after the catch and uses a stiff-arm to swat away would-be tacklers. Aggressive enough a blocker to lock up and sustain against defensive ends in pass protection when in balance. Comes off the ball strong and gives good effort in the run game, gets underneath pads of defenders playing high and uses his length to position ends out of the running lane. Displays some attitude to finish blocks when his opponents are on the ropes. Combos to linebackers after crashing down on the end, unlike most college tight ends who stick on the first block.
Lacks elite athletic ability and speed. Must prove he can sink his hips and use his length to separate against man coverage from NFL defenders. Upper body strength just adequate as an in-line blocker, though he could still add bulk. Lunges towards smaller targets and will bend at the waist in his attempts to sustain instead of moving his feet. Inconsistent sustaining downfield blocks against linebackers and safeties.
The Eagles’ starting tight end has not accumulated tremendous production throughout his career. While this is definitely in part due to the offense he played in, he does not profile as a great receiver at the next level. However, he should be a solid pass catcher, who also possesses a strong blocking mentality.
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.