Also played basketball and baseball as a California prep. Walked on at Sacramento State in 2008, but suffered a microfracture in his right femur, forcing him to redshirt. Transferred to El Camino (Calif.) Junior College, where he played four games in '09 and scratched two catches for 14 yards (7-yard average) and one touchdown. Played eight games in '10, recording 13-211-3 (16.2). Signed with Division II Dixie State in order to play with his brother, Jake, a Red Storm linebacker. Was the leading receiver in '11 -- started all 10 games and produced 64-949-9 (14.8). Did not play against Azusa Pacific (left MCL sprain). Went for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee prior to '12, at which time doctors discovered the cartilage had not properly reattached to the bone after his previous microfracture procedure. Another surgery was required, sidelining him for the season. Returned to start all 10 games played in '13, leading DSU receivers with 71-1045-13 (14.7). Did not play in the season finale against Central Washington (hamstring), then broke his left foot attempting a box jump during postseason training that excluded him from performing at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Big, soft hands and adjusts very well to the ball -- outstanding hand placement and catching radius. Good muscularity and weight-room strength -- bench-pressed 225 pounds a TE-best 35 times at the combine. Very good coverage recognition -- feels his way through zones and finds open areas. Will drop his shoulder and barrell through contact. Flashes some power running after the catch. Respected, vocal, emotional team leader and it shows. Extremely smart. Outstanding football IQ. Football is extremely important to him. Emergency kicker and long-snapper. Superb production for a tight end.
Average arm length and foot speed. Benefited heavily from facing inferior competition (able to separate vertically vs. small, slow defensive backs). Unsudden route runner. Not distinguished as an in-line blocker and plays down to the competition. Very inconsistent second-level blocker -- does not sustain or finish. Will be a 25-year-old rookie. Durability is a concern -- had multiple surgeries on his right leg.
Round 7-Priority free agent
Stands out against lesser competition and could have made a statement in postseason all-star competition to solidify his draft standing. However, he broke his foot training for the Senior Bowl and only showed to interview. Age and injury history can diminish his value, but he possesses the intelligence, leadership traits and versatility desired at the bottom of a roster. Long-snapping ability could be his ticket.