6’5″ – 256 lbs. – 4.67
Redshirted, then rotated heavily into the offense as a redshirt freshman, starting one of thirteen games and catching seven touchdowns. Started eleven of thirteen games played the following year and saw his production escalate, then reprised his starting role as a junior and enjoyed his most productive season before declaring for the draft. Has solid size for an inline tight end, but often lined up in the slot at the college level; took some snaps out of a three-point stance on rushing downs. Predominantly a receiving tight end with a finesse game, projecting as more of a flex tight end at the next level. Good footwork to release at the line against press coverage. Smooth athlete who does a good job of finding soft spots in coverage. Runs routes to all three levels of the field but most of his production comes at the short-to-intermediate level. Has some shake in his routes to generate separation against opposing defensive backs on whip routes, etc. Looks natural plucking the ball away from his frame, with a wide catch radius and soft hands. Has the body control to adjust to poor throws. Does a good job of using his body to shield defenders from the ball. Looks good with the ball in his hands, with the speed to gain yards after the catch and some elusiveness and power as well. Doesn’t offer a lot in terms of blocking. Will play out of a three-point stance when the team plays power football and flashes the ability to anchor against power and extend his arms to lock out opponents, but does not play with the physicality or aggression that teams look for; is a wall-off blocker rather than someone who can get low, drive their legs, and generate push. Does a lot of stalk blocking out of the slot, but effort is intermittent at best and can often be caught spectating. Very little attempt made to sustain blocks through the whistle and assert himself even against smaller cornerbacks. A productive receiver who has a smooth game and looks natural catching the ball, but whose lack of effort and physicality as a blocker make him a somewhat one-dimensional player. Looks likely to go in the second or third round on the basis of his polish and the potential mismatches he can create in the passing game as a versatile flex tight end.