Despite his lack of opportunities, Stoneburner clearly has talent. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after an All-Ohio senior season at Dublin Coffman High School where he had 74 catches for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior receiver. After redshirting his first year on campus, he caught only two passes (for 30 yards) in early-season games in 2009. In 2010, however, he flashed strong receiving skills when catching 21 passes for 222 yards and two scores –- including three for 39 in the Buckeyes’ Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas.
The tight end with a memorable name had a memorable start to his junior season, catching four touchdown passes in the Buckeyes’ first two games against in-state foes Akron and Toledo. Unfortunately, the team’s lack of a consistent passing attack (they ranked 115th out of 120 FBS teams in passing in 2011) prevented him to only six catches for 113 yards the rest of the year. Stoneburner also missed Ohio State’s Gator Bowl loss to Florida after having knee surgery after the regular season, and had his scholarship revoked during the summer after begin arrested in July for running away from police officers as they caught him urinating on a building (charges eventually dropped). As a senior, Stoneburner played in all 12 of Ohio State’s games. He caught 16 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns.
Good height and length for the position. Appears to be a solid receiver in his limited opportunities, adjusts to throws adeptly, and has a wide catching radius. Some ability after the catch. Has enough straight-line speed to get downfield and foot quickness to separate from linebackers on jerk routes. Mirrors and sustains with strong hands and solid footwork against defensive ends on the edge once he gets his hands on them.
Presents only adequate overall bulk and quickness off the line. Must prove he can stay on his routes when facing immediate contact from linebackers in coverage. Does not attack his man consistently and will leans and lunge while blocking quicker defenders in the run game, gets off-balance. Arrested for running from police officers after they caught him urinating on a building in June 2012, had his scholarship revoked but charges were eventually dropped.
Stoneburner is not an exceptional athlete, and hasn’t been targeted often in the Buckeyes’ lacking passing attack, but has a strong enough overall package of blocking and receiving skills to contribute at the next level. In a deep tight end class, Stoneburner should be a Day 3 pick.
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.