Redshirt sophomore who has declared for the 2015 NFL draft. Son of former long-time Giants center.
Positives: Has adequate height and bulk for the position. Runs with okay speed for the position and is quick off the line. Was used all over the field in college – in line, as a fullback, and out wide. Has generally good hands and can extend for passes away from his frame well. He consistently catches the ball with his hands and doesn’t let the ball get to his body, and has quick hands to snag passes without clueing in defenders that a pass is coming. He is also very agile and has pretty good body control to bring in off-target passes. Is able to leapfrog multiple defenders on one play and keep going. He tracks passes well over his inside shoulder and also shows good effort for tipped and off-target passes. Protects the ball with both hands when running through traffic. Good balance and strength after contact, and is hard to bring down one-on-one. As a blocker, he has improved over his short college career. He is above average at in-line and downfield blocking, and can seal the edge and maintain blocks through the whistle. He keeps his feet moving and has the quickness and balance to stay with defenders and block on the move and is also able to roll off one defender to find another person to block. Quick and balanced enough to move forward and meet defenders
Negatives: Suspect open field vision and he misses some opportunities to cut back for extra yards after the catch. Reportedly had some interviews with NFL executives where he came across as immature. Not especially strong as a blocker at the point of attack, and will sometimes lunge at defenders and miss.
Projection: Round 1. He is a very well-rounded tight end with no real glaring flaws who has improved as a blocker over time. Should be a very solid starter in the pros.