DALTON SCHULTZ

Stanford
TE

Prospect Info

College
Stanford
Hometown
Class
South Jordan, UT
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
242 lbs
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Hands
- -

Prospect Grade

5.70
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.75
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.0
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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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.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Dwayne Allen
Overview
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.
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
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GRADE
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