Photo of Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 6
  • Overall 38

Combine Results

Grade
5.48 ?
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He has big hands. He's a big target, and can run all the routes you want. Seferian-Jenkins is also a terror in the red zone." -- Charles Davis

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 262LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Highly recruited out of Washington, where he also played basketball in high school. As a true freshman in 2011, started 10 of 13 games and caught 41 balls for 538 yards (13.1-yard average) and six touchdowns. Started all 13 games in 2012 and hauled in 69 passes for 852 yards (12.4) and seven TDs. Was arrested in March 2013 for DUI following a late-night car accident (blood-alcohol level was 0.18); pleaded guilty, paid a $695 fine and was sentenced to 364 days in jail, 363 of which were suspended. Also was suspended for the season opener against Boise State. Broke his right pinkie finger during fall camp and had surgery to insert a pin in the finger. On the season, started all 12 games played and won the Mackey Award -- had 36 catches for 450 yards (12.5) and eight TDs while establishing UW career records for most receptions (146), receiving yards (1,840) and touchdown catches (21) by a tight end. Also played 17 games for the Huskies basketball team as a freshman. Combine examination revealed a stress fracture in his right foot, which required surgery and precluded him from working out. Missed his April 2 pro day because he was still recovering.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks the part. Has outstanding size and stature -- presents a big target and dwarfs defensive backs. Uses physicality to create separation and can post up in the red zone. Athletic -- spent time on the UW basketball team. Terrific movement skills and receiving ability for a big man. Surprising foot speed and agility -- stretches the seam. Adjusts to throws and has soft hands. Has potential to be an effective in-line blocker -- has size and core strength to seal defensive ends.

Weaknesses

Could stand to sculpt his physique and get functionally stronger. Work in progress as an in-line blocker. Not an explosive athlete. Ordinary release. Builds to speed. Tight hips. Does not pop out of breaks. Limited elusiveness after the catch. Receptions and yards fell off by nearly 50 percent as a junior. Character and stability need to be looked into.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

An intriguing height-weight-speed prospect, Seferian-Jenkins has all the tools to be a legitimate No. 1 tight end in the NFL, though he has to maintain focus and consistency and continue improving as a blocker. Has good core strength to develop into a functional, all-around tight end if he learns to get after it in the run game. Suspect quarterback play dipped production as a senior.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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