Buccaneers, Round 2. Was a junior. I expected him to go in Round 2, and the NFL agreed. And he goes to a nice spot for his talents, too – in an improving offense with two huge receivers on the outside. With Vincent Jackson and now Mike Evans on the outside, ASJ will be a huge target down the middle of the field. Whichever quarterback ends up starting will have the incredible luxury of several easy-to-find targets to throw to. And, with his size and hands, ASJ will also be a weapon in the red zone. But he does have some physical limitations and an injury history that limit his upside.
Positives: Good height and bulk for the position. Above-average hand size. Good hands and can adjust andcan climb the ladder to get passes at their highest point.Tracks passes well over inside shoulder. Has enough speed for his size. Not easy to bring down. Adequate body control. Very good and consistent red-zone target.
Negatives: Poor acceleration. Has some trouble adjusting to off-target passes. Slowed by ankle injury at end of 2012. Inconsistent run blocker and can be pushed back. Arrested for DUI in spring 2013. Broke right pinkie in Summer 2013 and had surgery. Sprained left ankle in 2012 and was limited for a few games. Also found a stress fracture in his left foot in February 2014 and had surgery, missing the Combine. The injury was still affecting him into May rookie minicamps. Below-average upper body strength for the position.
Projection: Worth a high 2nd-round dynasty rookie draft. Expect him to be a TE1 by year two as long as the team settles its QB situation.