Photo of Eric Saubert
Drafted By: Falcons

Combine Results

Grade
5.35 ?
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Saubert is as raw as you'd expect from a someone who played in a spread offense at Drake, but he's an athletic stash player who's true value should be recognized in a year or two. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 253LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands

Overview

The Chicago Tribune named Saubert a top-five player in the Mid-Suburban League, but FBS teams apparently didn't see the potential. Drake's coaches did, however, and they were handsomely repaid for their foresight. Saubert started nine games and was a first-team All-Pioneer Football League pick as a redshirt freshman (47-549, two TDs). He missed three games due to injury in 2014, but still earned honorable mention all-conference notice (seven starts, 32-348, two TDs). Over the past two years, the Bulldogs' top receiver was a first-team all-conference pick and an All-American, winning third-team honors from the Associated Press as a junior (55-580, seven TDs) and second-team accolades in 2016 (56-776, 10 TDs).

Analysis

Strengths

Good combination of size and speed. Gets into routes with good quickness from the slot. Adjusts route to defender and does a good job of setting up his pattern breaks. Good separation acceleration. Man amongst boys in red zone where he dominated lesser competition. Posted 17 touchdowns over last two seasons. Gets maximum extension out of long arms to attacks downfield throws at their highest points. Has ability to make acrobatic catches when he's focused. Used in wide receiver screens. Athletic runner after the catch. Lines up all over the field. Flashes ability to become a blocker in future.

Weaknesses

Routes could use better knee bend to fight off redirections by linebackers. Short routes need attention to detail. Slow getting hands catch-ready on short, possession throws. Tape is littered with drops for days. Open catches became drops and contested catches became drops. Hand-eye coordination simply isn't where it needs to be. Doesn't always play to his size. Allows smaller defenders to crowd him in space. Inconsistent finishing routes. Run blocking isn't important enough to him. Gives half-efforts on secure blocks and doesn't look for work when uncovered.

Draft Projection

Round 5-6

Sources Tell Us

"He's body beautiful but he can't catch. I don't think it's correctable either. I just think he doesn't see the ball well and doesn't have good hand-eye. You are drafting an athlete and not a tight end if you take him." - AFC regional scout

NFL Comparison

Jace Amaro

Bottom Line

Tape study is absolutely maddening on Saubert as it roller coasters from eye-popping potential to lapses in concentration and effort as a blocker. Saubert's speed and athleticism will get him open and he should test well at the combine. Teams will have to balance the flashes with the drops and decide how early they want to pull the trigger on a tight end with starter's potential but a low floor.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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