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Drafted By: Cardinals

Combine Results

Grade
5.19 ?
  • 4.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.66 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

This year's Mr. Irrelevant should be able to find a home in the NFL and contribute down the line. There are athletic limitations, but he's a reliable pass catcher who can move around a formation. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 244LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/4" Hands

Overview

2014: Third-team All-ACC. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. 2013: Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. 2012: Sat out due to transfer rules. 2011 (Florida): Played in nine games. 2010 (Florida): Redshirted. Misc: Transferred after feeling he was underutilized in the passing game at Florida. He was used primarily as a blocking TE and FB.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.89 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 4.57 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.2 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Good athlete. Gets into routes quickly. Keeps feet under him and plays with balance and desired play strength as a target. Turns out of breaks ready to make catches. Good arm length with really large hands. Has plus concentration to catch in tight windows and with limbs flailing around him. Adjusted well and made catches on several poorly thrown balls in 2014. Reads coverages. Plays with intelligence. Capable runner after catch and lowers boom on cornerbacks. Decent down blocker and finds his second level targets as an H-back blocker. Used all over the field.

Weaknesses

Not a big target. Stiff hips. Rounds routes off and is upright through the route. Will sit and wait on throw rather than working back to ball when window is constricting. Functional strength as a blocker must improve. Can't generate much movement and could be limited as in-line tight end. Hip tightness contributes to lack of leverage as blocker. Poor technique as pass protector.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Owen Daniels

Bottom Line

A competitive, move tight end with an ability to make contested catches that other tight ends will struggle with. While he won't look as natural and fluid as you would expect, the tape shows a guy who can get separation in space. Has traits to be a quality player who brings diversity and toughness to an offense.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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