Jets, Round 2. Was a junior. He’s a solid receiving tight end with character and some injury red flags and adequate blocking skills. But he’ll earn his money as a receiver, and he enters an offense that needs more receiving threats – and is an offense without a dangerous receiving TE threat.
Positives: Good height for the position, with very good bulk. Adequate hand size. Fairly long wingspan. Good track speed for the position and size. Above-average concentration and can catch the ball falling backwards. Nimble on the sidelines. Finishes strong after the catch. Gets good positioning on routes. Fair concentration and adjusts well to off target passes. Above-average upper body strength. Is an adequate run blocker when he focuses.
Negatives: Tore ACL in high school. Missed over half of 2012 with spleen injury. Returned and was ejected from game for punching. Though his hands flash at times, they are generally inconsistent, and he will let passes get to his body. Below-average hands when extending, and he showed that in Combine drills as well. His blocking is on-and-off, and his effort tends to be inconsistent. Below-average explosiveness and quickness in Combine drills. Character red flag – arrested on felony credit card abuse charges in 2012.
Projection: Was obviously one of the top three tight ends in the draft, and should be expected to put up TE2 numbers right away. If he stays on the field, he may eventually put up low TE1 numbers. Feel free to draft by the middle of the second round in dynasty rookie drafts.