For a guy dropping to 21st in some major mock draft projections, ESPN sure is high on his athletic ability. Comparing him to Tony Gonzalez and Rob Gronkowski, host John Brenkus seemed awfully excited about the UNC tight end’s results in the Sports Science lab — most notably, his explosive blocking ability off the line and “catch range,” which proved to be over 100-square-feet larger than that of Gronk.
Convinced this guy is gonna turn your franchise around? Eh, we’re still wary — his NFL combine report suggests he’s more of a one-dimensional pass-catcher than a future Hall of Famer.
[NFL.com] WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal height and bulk. Can improve as a blocker, both in-line and on the move — could stand to improve technique, physicality and finish. Not equipped to lock horns with NFL defensive ends. Inconsistent adjusting to and fitting on moving targets. Blocking effort does not parallel that of receiving. Could stand to play with more consistent intensity and focus. Occasional concentration drop. Ordinary touchdown production. Cannot be used as a fullback.
Not saying he doesn’t have huge upside, because in the right offense, a guy with his athletic ability can be deadly. But he’s more of an oversized wideout than prototypical, game-changing, all-purpose tight end, and Sports Science has been VERY wrong about players in the past. Regardless, his draft position will be interesting come May 8th.
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