Braxton Deaver, TE, Duke – 2015

Was a redshirt senior.

Positives: Is an athletic tight end often lines up as an outside receiver, slot receiver, or move tight end. Runs with above-average speed. Has generally good hands and can extend for passes away from his frame and go up and highpoint passes. He also shows some concentration and effort, and will go to the ground to bring in off-target passes. Is a willing run blocker who is at least able to throw himself at defenders or redirect them. Runs adequate routes, though not great, and is able to find soft spots in zone.

Negatives: Not often used as an inline tight end. Will sometimes leave his feet while blocking and doesn’t maintain his base. Isn’t strong at the point of attack and seems easy to push back, lacking the strength to push defenders back himself. Suspect ability and concentration on contested passes. Tore right ACL in August 2014 and missed entire season.

Projection: UDFA. He has too far to go as an in-line tight end to stick on a roster that way, but has the ball skills to be able to help some teams in some packages.

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