6’4” – 260 lbs. – 4.85e
2010: 21 – 179 – 3 (8.5)
2011: 18 – 208 – 1 (11.6)
2012: 43 – 464 – 2 (10.8)
2013: 27 – 313 – 3 (11.6)
Redshirted in 2009, then started four of eleven games played as a redshirt freshman. Started eight of eleven games played in 2011, then all ten games played as a redshirt junior. Played in just six games as a senior due to an undisclosed injury.
• Will graduate having started for roughly three seasons, contributing over four.
• Possesses outstanding bulk, adequate height for an inline tight end at the next level.
• Has lined up all over: as an inline option, as an H-Back, in the backfield, in the slot.
• Capable of coming down with contested catches in traffic, can hold on through contact.
• Exhibits a solid catch radius, can adjust to and bring in passes away from frame.
• Determined runner after the catch, can withstand contact to gain a few extra yards.
• Effective inline blocker, gets good extension and keeps his feet moving to drive.
• Displays a killer instinct as a blocker, plays through the whistle and can finish at times.
• Runs a little bit better than anticipated, doesn’t look pretty but gets the job done.
• A little bit shorter than ideal for a traditional inline tight end, arms may be a bit short.
• Wasn’t incredibly productive in college even against a low level of competition.
• Didn’t end up coming down with too many touchdowns despite his overall size/bulk.
• Average athleticism may somewhat limit his versatility in pros relative to college.
• Missed time in each of the past three seasons, most substantially in his senior year.
Blanchflower initially established himself as a potential draftee following a breakout 2012 campaign, but was unable to enhance his value in 2013, being lost for the season after six games due to an undisclosed injury. He’s done a little bit of everything at Massachusetts, lining up all over the field and making important contributions as both a receiver and a blocker, using his bulk and strength to come down with contested catches, gain yards after the catch, and drive back defenders in the run game. Interested teams will have to give him a close health inspection after suffering a few different injuries in college, and he may not be able to line up everywhere in the pros as often as he did in college, but he’s nonetheless an intriguing option.