Is a bit inconsistent with his hands at times, more so due to concentration. However, the guy has made some impressive one-handed stabs and has the ability to pluck the football away from his frame. Obviously isn't going to run by anyone, but he's a good enough athlete to use his big frame to box out a defender, gain a step and pluck. Is still developing as a route runner, but really came on during the second half of the season with five catches in his last two games.
Needs to do a better job getting off the snap count on time in the run game. Has a good initial snap off the football and can gain leverage into blocks, but needs to do a better job extending his arms and improving his overall hand placement. Is coordinated and smooth through contact and can create push from his lower half once he pumps his legs. But is limited from a technique standpoint and will begin to fall off blocks and lose balance easily when trying to finish. Doesn't really trust himself at this stage in the run game, but has the ability to dominate.
Impression: Is a work in progress, but if this guy wants to play in the NFL and devote his time and effort to the game he certainly can. Looks more like a number two, short yardage/goal line type guy, but he has a lot of upside as a potential developmental tackle. Obviously, he would need some time, but reminds me a lot physically of a guy like Steve Maneri from last season who the Pats have on their practice squad right now."
Positive: King-sized tight end who does an outstanding job as a blocker. Blocks with leverage, is strong at the point, and turns defenders off the line. Effective receiver who extends to make catches away from his frame.
Negative: Looks a bit stiff and lacks agility. Doesn E(TM)t get off the line quickly and is a short-range target.
Analysis: Yeatman has the size and skill to make NFL roster as a third tight end used solely as a blocker."
Will Yeatman, in my view, has more UpSide than any Classical ~ 90% Blocking/10% Receiving ~ Tight End in this CLASS. He is raw as hell, but he is the prototypical size for the job, and he commands ASTONISHING athleticism.
Will Yeatman is a ferocious Blocker who commands great natural dexterity ~ honed through years in LaCrosse!! ~ and who has only TASTED his incipient Navigational Liquidity in running the Route Tree.
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