Generates a burst off the line as an in-line guy and quickly gets into defensive ends at the point, but simply lacks the power in his lower half to create a push. Isn’t the most natural of benders and allows himself to get upright through contact in all areas of the game. Looks a bit tight hipped when trying to sit into his stance and especially as a move guy doesn’t keep his base under him into contact and is more of a sticky catcher than striker.
However, showcases good agility getting out to the second level, breaks down well and routinely is able to seal on contact. He’s a deceptively good straight-line athlete in the pass game. Loves to work his rip off the line in order to beat the bump, but gets upright and doesn’t generate a great burst consistently into his route.
However, when he has a clean release, does a much better job staying low. Snaps his head/body around quickly when working the underneath pass game, but doesn’t set up his routes that well and isn’t overly savvy in tighter areas. At his best when split out and can use his straight-line speed to outpace linebackers/defensive backs vertically.
Does a much better job sinking his hips on more vertically breaking routes and has a gear when asked to track the football. Sets up his routes well vertically, selling the out and up and can create a burst away from defenders initially down the field.
However, his hands are a bit inconsistent when asked to pluck off his frame and he lacks ideal body control when trying to adjust. When his feet are under him he does do a nice job going up and attacking the football. But, he tends to drift too often down the field, letting the ball get into his frame and giving defenders a chance to make a play on the throw.
Impression: More of an H-back in my mind who could find a home in the NFL if he carves out a niche for himself in the pass game."
Must commit to the game, learn to work at his craft and better translate his raw athletic talent to the field to catch the eyes of evaluators.
Entered the program as a 210-pound receiver and is still learning how to play a big man’s game inside.
Has raw, untapped potential."
Not all that big for a TE, but a willing blocker so may also get some looks as a FB."