Dolphins, Round 5. Goes to a Dolphins team with Charles Clay as their top tight end/fullback, and he caught nearly 70 passes in 2013. Also has Michael Egnew and Dion Sims at the position, but he should certainly beat them out – though I really liked Sims’s potential coming out of the 2013 draft. The Dolphins would be smart to get Clay and Lynch on the field at the same time. But it will have to wait until 2015 because Lynch was placed on IR in August with a back injury.
All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.
Positives: Adequate height. Good bulk. Great hand size. Adequate speed. Above-average hands – can extend well and make a lot of difficult catches and accept the pass even in traffic. Can extend low and away for tough catches away from his frame. Good body control and can adjust well to off-target passes. Gets physical and uses his body against defenders to get into his routes. Finds soft spots in zone coverage. Sustains blocks as run blocker. Was also a fullback on the punt team. Good upper body strength. Adequate track speed for the position and size.
Negatives: Below-average vertical leap. Below-average quickness in Combine drills. Inconsistent concentration and will often drop easy passes turning upfield before securing the ball. Though he maintains good positioning while run blocking, he doesn’t seem strong enough to drive defenders. As a pass blocker, he doesn’t have good initial punch or leverage, and can be knocked off of his feet. Will also let himself be beaten inside by defenders with quick moves. Below-average routes, and is slow in and out of his breaks.
Projection: With the injury, there’s no need to draft him, but he could be worth a stash as a potential TE2 eventually.