Texans, Round 3. He was my number-6 TE going into the draft because of his good combination of hands and blocking ability. He goes to a team that is going to use both a lot. Should be their starter right away and has the skills to hold his own.
All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.
Positives: Very good height and bulk. Great hand size and a long wingspan for a wide catch radius. Has good hands that can extend to snag passes at highest point. Soft hands that accept rather than stop bullet passes easily. Shows above-average concentration in traffic. Fair body control and he adjusts well to back-shoulder passes. Runs above-average routes and knows how to use his physicality to get open. Above-average run blocker – not easily moved off his blocks. Adequate pass blocker. Adequate track speed for the position. Adequate upper body strength.
Negatives: Below-average speed and isn’t very sudden in his movement. Inconsistent concentration. Though he was an adequate pass blocker in college, he lacks the good lateral movement necessary for keeping up with outside speed rushers in the NFL and he can be also pulled off his feet.
Projection: Though the offense isn’t quite ready for prime time, he could be a nice complementary part of it. Draft as a long-term TE2.