Jake O'Connell #85 TE
Height: 6-3 Weight: 250 Age: 27
Born: 11/6/1985 Bonita Springs , FL
College: Miami (Ohio)
Experience: 5th season
High School: Gulf Coast HS [Naples, FL]
Selected By: Kansas City Chiefs
Pick (Overall): 28 (237)
O'Connell is a classic practice squad draft choice. He wasn't even an all-MAC pick, but he does possess tantalizing raw tools for a potential tight end or H-back role down the road.
He caught 46 passes in 44 games for the Redhawks, and was barely a blip on the radar of NFL scouts. That changed with an impressive pro day in front of 10 scouts in March, where O'Connell ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.69 seconds and posted a 41-inch vertical jump.
A former high school defensive back and wide receiver in Florida, O'Connell has a long way to go before making an impact at the next level. But give him a year on the practice squad and see if he can earn a roster spot with his special teams play in 2010.