Virginia Tech Senior
PROS: Has good size and is a smooth athlete that moves well for his size. Gets a good release off the line and is an effective intermediate receiver that can sometimes challenge downfield. Gets good position when he's asked to block in space. Capable in pass protection, and able to create mobile pocket for scrambling quarterback out on the edge. Shows pop and shows ability as an inline blocker.
CONS: Lacks true vertical speed. Will body catch at times and not a significant factor in the passing game. Needs to be more consistent with his pop off the snap and doesn't always initiate contact with defender. Effort is inconsistent as a blocker and doesn't always finish his blocks. Needs to improve his hand use and play with better base, as he can be susceptible to holding calls.
OVERVIEW: Is a big guy that is surprisingly good athlete, although it probably stems from his past as a quarterback. Moved to tight end as a redshirt freshman, but got opportunities in the wildcat several times last season. Had his best season as a junior with 22 catches and 2 scores, which fell to 7 catches this past year as he was used primarily as a blocker.
NFL FORECAST: He'll likely fill a similar role in the pros as he did this past year as a blocker primarily. But he's a decent receiver that will give a team options in the passing game because of his athleticism. But I doubt he's a guy that catches more than 20-30 passes in a year as a starter. His value is primarily as a blocker. He needs to be polished up there, but with his size and athleticism, I fully expect teams to be patient with him and try to coach him up. I would compare him to a bigger version of Daniel Graham in terms of the type of NFL player he can be. By his second or third season, he should be polished enough as a blocker, and in time can become one of the top blockers in the league because he can potentially function as a third tackle. He's also versatile enough to work both as an inline blocker and as an H-back.
ATL FORECAST: Boone would likely fill a similar role as Justin Peelle in the Falcons offense, but because of his athleticism and versatility should be a bigger factor on offense. He's not going to be a go-to guy, but would be a nice secondary option as the No. 2 tight end. If not by the end of his second season, definitely his third season would make Peelle expendable and if the team had a receiving option to play opposite him, he would be a valuable role player in Atlanta. So valuable that he could make having a true fullback less necessary as the Falcons could go to a more two-tight end offense like that of the Patriots, Colts, and Steelers.
VALUE: Boone is a solid middle round pick that should go in the fourth or fifth round because of his value as a blocker.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BODY CONTROL: 3.0
Scouting reports of tight ends in the 2010 draft.
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