His father, Dale, played 18 years in Major League Baseball, winning back-to-back NL MVP awards with the Atlanta Braves (1982-83). His brother Shawn was drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. Jake, a high school receiver/safety, also played baseball and basketball as a Utah prep. Originally signed with BYU in 2008 before serving a two-year LDS mission in Australia. Upon returning a semester earlier than expected, he was without a scholarship and did not want to greyshirt. Moved on to Utah, where he redshirted in 2010. Played 10 games in 2011, starting two, and had five catches for 64 yards (12.8-yard average) and a touchdown. Did not play against Washington (knee). Started 5 of 12 games in 2012 and caught 33 passes for 349 yards (10.6) and four TDs. Started 7 of 8 games in 2013 and pulled in 25 catches for 417 yards (16.7) and five TDs. Broke his wrist against UCLA, had surgery and missed four games.
Dependable short-to-intermediate receiver. Adjusts to throws and has good, quick hands for a tight end -- catches off his body. Functional as a back-side hinge blocker or move blocker. Has athletic bloodlines -- father, Dale, was a two-time MVP of the National League for the Atlanta Braves -- and has an understanding of what it means to be a pro.
Lethargic release. Can be jammed up and rerouted off the line of scrimmage. Average speed. Stiff movement. Unrefined route runner -- tends to drift. In-line blocking needs work. Gets overpowered at the point of attack. Could stand to play with more intensity. Ordinary production. Is not especially strong for an overaged prospect. Will be a 25-year-old rookie (served a two-year LDS mission).
Round 7-Priority free agent
Overaged, fairly athletic tight end/H-back who grew out of the receiver position. Missed four games as a junior because of a broken wrist and made a premature decision to leave school early in order to support his wife and daughter. Sure hands are his only standout trait.