Positive: Ultra-productive college receiver with marginal NFL skills. Tough, hustles around the field and works to make positive plays. Effectively adjusts to the errant throw and looks the ball in. Displays terrific focus and concentration. Consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Catches the ball in stride and steps up in key situations. Keeps plays inbounds trying to pick up positive yardage running after the reception. Cognizant, tough blocker.
Negative: Lacks classic tight end size. Marginal overall speed.
Analysis: Travis as been a terrific player the past two seasons but is a limited athlete with no true NFL position. He could be used as an H-back or possibly fullback in a West Coast offense."
NOTE: Reportedly has a 38" VJ (un-verified) and should do 22-23 reps at the Akron Pro Day on 3-14-11.
Strengths: Catches cleanly and effortless. Can wrestle contested balls away. Decent YAC. Can run the ball some, and is deadly on swing passes, slants and crossing routes where he uses his size to out-fight smaller defenders. Quick release off the line. Good size/speed ratio. Finds the end zone, and knows what N-S means. Not just a "move TE" i.e. decent blocker who really relishes clearing people out. Compares favorably to former Tusla TE Garrett Mills (4th round draft pick of N.E. in '07.)
Weaknesses: Glorified WR with a thin upper body. Not a great blocker, despite solid effort. Gets by on size at this level, but that will be no asset at the next. Lack of deep speed will make it difficult getting away from NFL DBs who are a decent match for him size/strength-wise. Production has come against low-level DBs in a pass-happy offense.
Projection: 7th or Priority UDFA."