Dax Raymond

Utah State
TE13

Prospect Info

College
Utah State
Hometown
Class
UT
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
255 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.12
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.73
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
109.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.39
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.87
Seconds
 

Playlist

Raymond came on strong in his final two seasons with the Aggies, garnering honorable mention All-Mountain West honors in 2017 and 2018. He caught 41 passes for 456 yards (11.5 average) and a score as a junior, and then grabbed 27 passes for 345 yards (12.8) and two touchdowns in his senior campaign. Raymond redshirted in 2016 due to a back injury after playing in nine games as a reserve the previous season (4-72-18.0). The All-Utah pick in football and basketball at Provo's Timpview High School served a two-year church mission to Russia before heading to Utah State.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
Overview
Raymond is a capable athlete but might not have the attributes needed to uncover against safeties and nickel linebackers on the next level. If he's not able to specialize as a matchup tight end, he'll need to correct his poor hand usage and placement in order to give him a chance to find work in 12-personnel groupings (2 TE, 1 RB). Raymond has the ability to compete for a roster spot in camp but needs to find an area to stand out in if he wants to stick long-term.
Strengths
  • Athletic bloodline with father and brother who were collegiate athletes
  • Oily hips with long, loose strides in open space
  • Early speed to run past linebackers in seam and on crossing routes
  • Bodies up coverage and keeps them on his hip
  • Adjusts between catching ball with body and hands depending on the traffic
  • Quick to get it upfield after the catch
  • Good at slipping first-tackle attempt
  • Adequate radar for finding proper assignments as move-blocker
  • Desirable grit in blocking until the whistle helps overcome spotty technique
  • Works his feet into proper positioning to seal blocks in space
  • Might offer value on cover teams
Weaknesses
  • Will be a 24-year-old rookie
  • Needs to add more bulk to his frame
  • Asked to run basic combination of routes from game to game
  • Ball skills are average
  • Creates his own contested catches at times
  • Plays into zone linebackers rather than sitting down in space
  • Struggled to uncover against man coverage by Michigan State safety
  • Too inconsistent at point of attack
  • Bear-hugging hands just begging for holding penalties in run game
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