Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
I thought he was a good pick in the 3rd round, and I had a 3rd round grade on him. I think he needed time to get his strength up, but in terms of his football IQ I didn't interview him so there's no way for me to know. Athletically, he tested at the top in terms of TE's at the combine: 4.62 / 40 yard dash (4th among TE's)..... 21 / bench reps (Tied for 5th among TE's)..... 36" / vertical jump (Tied for 1st among TE's)..... 10'11" / broad jump (1st among TE's).... 7.03 / 3-cone (4th among TE's)..... 4.32 / short shuttle (4th among TE's)..... 12.07 / 60-yard shuttle (Tied for 6th among TE's).... basically he tested in the top 5 in every category except one, and tested 1st in two categories. His production on the field his last two seasons at Missouri were tops among TE's.... the only thing that really jumped out at me was a low yards/catch average and lack of TD's. He didn't miss games due to injury and was a durable, dependable player. I think he only missed 2 games.... one his freshman year and one his sophomore year. His tape looked good making catches matched up with legitimate NFL defenders draped all over him like Lavonte David, etc. If he doesn't turn out to be at least a serviceable player I'll be surprised. It would have to be due to something that I didn't have access to, such as whether or not he knows how to get on the same page with his quarterback via PSR (invert, rotate, zero, quarter, half, zone blitz, robber, etc.) and how to identify and attack coverages. We already knew he wasn't used in-line, and therefore didn't understand leverage.