Kendall Blanton

Missouri
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Prospect Info

College
Missouri
Hometown
Class
Blue Springs, Mo.
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
262 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
10 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.04
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.95
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.37
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.42
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.28
Seconds
 

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Blanton is a Missouri native whose father (Jerry) was a linebacker at the University of Kentucky and played seven years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Kendall earned his own headlines as a top national tight end recruit at Blue Springs South High School, also leading his school's basketball teams in blocked shots as a junior and senior. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, he primarily played on special teams for eight games (no receptions). He became an integral part of the offense the following fall, catching 16 passes for 161 yards (10.1 average) and scoring three times in 12 games (two starts). He played in 13 games with three starts in 2017, making six catches for 138 yards (23.0 average) and a score. A sprained knee took Blanton out of action for three games in 2018 but he still managed 22 catches for 177 yards (8.0 average) and two scores in 10 games (five starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Overview
Could be viewed by some teams as a height/weight/speed prospect worthy of stashing and developing, thanks to his untapped potential. Blanton is big and fast, but he doesn't get as much as he should from either physical trait. However, his athleticism avails itself in his ability to stick to blocks as well as run after the catch. There is plenty of room for improvement, and the potential is there to compete for a roster spot as a late-rounder or undrafted free agent.
Strengths
  • Good combination of size and speed
  • Played in-line, as H-back and from slot/bunch sets
  • Expected to run somewhere in the 4.6s
  • Tall with high-point ability
  • Athletic ability suddenly clicks after the catch
  • Bursts to accelerate away from trailing tacklers with ability to elude oncoming traffic
  • Showed willingness to try and leap up and over Georgia defender after the catch
  • Plus body control allows for stickier blocking through contact
  • Athletic feet to adjust and mirror to second-level movement
  • Ability to recover and reconnect when beaten early as in-line blocker
Weaknesses
  • Gets jammed into route and allows defenders to ride him down the field
  • Poor route adjustments in space
  • Content to be guarded and creates his own contested catches
  • Needs to unleash play speed in routes and acceleration out of his breaks
  • Hasn't learned to widen frame and defend his catch space
  • Struggles to finish contested catches
  • Needs more consistent aggression as run blocker
  • Relies on position over strain and grit
  • Leg drive as base blocker will need to improve on the next level.

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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