Prepped in Texas, where he led the state's tight ends in receiving as a senior when he caught 52 balls for 787 yards (15.1-yard average and three touchdowns. Originally signed with Stanford -- redshirted in 2009, but transferred instead of vying for positioning on the Cardinal's depth chart which included Coby Fleener (Colts), Levine Toilolo (Falcons), Zach Ertz (Eagles) and Ryan Hewitt. Sat out '10 per NCAA transfer rules. Served primarily as a blocker in Baylor's spread offense. Started 8-of-13 games in '11 and snagged 15-146-2 (9.7). Played all 13 games in '12, starting three, and caught 10-80-2 (8.0). Started 8-of-12 games played in '13 and contributed 10-85-0 (8.5). Injured his back against Buffalo and sat out against Louisiana-Monroe.
Terrific size. Functional seal, "move" or "wham" blocker. Can stay frontal long enough to keep his quarterback clean in the quick game. Lined up inline and in the backfield. Catches the low-difficulty, short-to-intermediate passes he should. Produced the best 60-yard shuttle time (12.02 seconds) among tight ends at the combine.
Has short arms. Average foot speed. Stiff movement -- cannot separate vs. man coverage. Does not play to his size. Poor in-line blocker -- gets overpowered at the point of attack. Limited grip strength to sustain. Minimal receiving production (not a natural catcher). Clocked the slowest 40 time (4.98 seconds) among tight ends at the combine and only bench-pressed 225 pounds 18 times.
Round 7-Priority free agent
Big, smart Stanford transfer who was used primarily as a blocker in an explosive offense, though he does not excel in this area or in the receiving game. Could be startled by the body power of NFL defensive ends, and has a ceiling as a No. 3 tight end.