PROS: He's a good position blocker that does a nice job sealing the edge. Can lock on and does a nice job finishing his blocks. Has nice hands and does a good job shielding defender from the ball. Will flash power as a runner after the catch.
CONS: Doesn't always get consistent pop off the snap. Could add some strength to get better push at the point of attack. Needs to do a better job locking on. Not as effective when asked to block in space. Lacks speed and burst, struggling to get separation. Not going to be much of a factor after the catch for similar reasons and doesn't get a good release off the line.
OVERVIEW: A three-year starter that production in the passing game slipped as a senior (mainly due to emergence of Dorin Dickerson). He's a solid blocker that won't be much of an impact receiver. Combined for 45 catches and 2 scores in his final three seasons.
NFL FORECAST: He'll earn his living as a No. 2 blocking tight end. He's a decent receiver, but won't be much more than outlet option for an NFL offense. At best he could catch 10-15 passes as a starter. His value is as a blocker. He's got good potential there but needs some polish. He has good strength, but could get stronger. He's probably not going to be able to come in right away and contribute as the No. 2 guy. But within a year or two should have improved and polished up his technique enough that he can land that job. He should have a long NFL career because of his blocking prowess, but is probably a guy that will become a bit of a journeyman in his latter years. I would compare him with Ben Hartsock.
ATL FORECAST: Byham is the old type of tight end that Mularkey coveted. He is a nice option to come in and compete with Zinger as the future replacement to Peelle. He could win the No. 3 job as a rookie. He's probably a better receiver than Zinger is, but it's not going to make a lot of difference on the field. He's not as good as Peelle, and to even come close probably could stand to lose 10-15 pounds to get quicker. If he did that and was still able to maintain his blocking prowess, he'd definitely be an upgrade over Zinger and replace Peelle as the No. 2 guy by 2011 or 2012.
VALUE: For a team looking for a nice development blocking tight end, he makes a nice fifth round pick at best.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BODY CONTROL: 3.0
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