40: 4.81 (Campus)
PROS: A physical blocker that plays with good pop off the snap, uses his hands, and is able to get good position. Does a nice job getting the seal on the edge and finishing his blocks. Also effective when working in pass protection. Has nice hands and ability to adjust to ball in the air.
CONS: Lacks speed, athleticism, and quickness to be a factor in the passing game.
OVERVIEW: A solid blocker that can contribute immediately in that role. Good enough blocker with his size, some are projecting him to move to tackle, which is a possibility. A two-year starter that combined for 26 catches for 284 yards and 6 scores in those years.
NFL FORECAST: If you want him to contribute early on, you put him at tight end. He can come in right away and be a valuable blocker in that role. He can have a nice long career as an impact blocker for a team. He won't be a factor as a receiver, and is a guy that won't catch more than 5-10 passes a year, so he's not really a factor as a starter unless he plays in a scheme like that which Mularkey used to coach or Mike Martz uses. He does have the potential to work as an offensvie tackle, but is much more a project there. With his frame, to fill out as an NFL offensive tackle, he'll have to put on close to 40-50 pounds. And that's going to take at least two or three seasons. And even then, you're probably talking about a guy that is going to be a backup rather than a starter. Teams that think he's the next Jason Peters are probably wrong. Instead, he might be the Patrick Estes, who was out of the league after three years. So you're better off keeping him at tight end.
ATL FORECAST: He is the type of blocking tight end that Mularkey used to great success while in PIttsburgh. And his potentail and ability as a blocker means that he can unseat Zinger. He should definitely be developed enough that by 2012, he would be ready to take over for Peelle as the No. 2 guy, if not earlier. He would definitely have a good chance to be a long-term contributor for the Falcons as a blocker, but that's all.
VALUE: A team looking for a solid No. 2 blocker in the Brandon Manumaleuna mold, then he could be taken as high as the late fourth round. But for the most part, he is worth a fifth rounder as a tight end. For a team envisioning him as a linemen, better pass on drafting him altogether.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BODY CONTROL: 2.5
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