Photo of DALTON SCHULTZ
Grade
5.72 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'6" Height
  • 242LBS. Weight

Overview

Stanford has become a hotspot for tight ends, and Schultz is the next one in line with an NFL future. Head coach David Shaw called him the most "complete" tight end the team has had in recent years, as his height and hands make him a nice target over the middle, and he's growing into a solid in-line blocker. The four-star/top-100 recruit from Utah (31 receptions, 512 yards, nine touchdowns as senior) sat out the 2014 season as the Cardinal had a deep roster at the position. Schultz played in 14 games the next season, catching 10 passes for 121 yards and a score. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick in 2016, grabbing 23 receptions for 222 yards and one touchdown. Schultz left Stanford for the NFL after a junior season that saw him gain first-team all-conference accolades by blocking for star back Bryce Love and nabbing 22 throws for 212 yards and three scores.

Analysis

Strengths

Very tenacious and tough as a blocker. Well-schooled in blocking fundamentals. Leaned on as vital part of the run blocking unit. Initial hand placement is good. Ability to sustain and finish. Improves positioning after contact and can generate some movement at point of attack without a double team. Gave it to USC's Rasheem Green on more than a couple of snaps when matched head to head. Sinks hips into breaks. Opens sharply on underneath routes to look for the throw. Has good feel for attacking the voids against zone coverage. Will shut routes down early to keep throwing window open for quarterback. Physical in creating space at top of his routes. Short area footwork is adequate. Has ability to become a reliable target over the middle and in traffic.

Weaknesses

Receiving production has been underwhelming throughout his career. Routes can be monotonous and predictable. Allows too much leeway for defenders to play the catch point. Needs to play bigger in space and use his frame. Lacks speed to attack over top. Struggles to separate against man coverage on intermediate routes. Could have somewhat limited workspace as NFL pass catcher. Not as physical after the catch. Slows feet into contact and won't always fall forward. Strikes first, but will lose initial hand placement when long defenders get into him. Can improve approach angles to help keep angle blocks centered.

Draft Projection

Round 3

NFL Comparison

Dwayne Allen

Bottom Line

Schultz is a Y-tight end with the ability as a run blocker to help bolster a team's rushing attack very quickly. While his frame could still use more mass, he plays with good technique and play strength at the point of attack and shows an ability to impose his will upon edge defenders if they half-step into the rep. Schultz is a capable and reliable target underneath, but his living will depend on how he impacts the running game. Schultz's limited catch production could drop him a round, but he should be a solid, early starter.
-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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