6-6/253 Fresno State
Pros: Has great potential as a blocker, who is tenacious with good strength and pop. Gets good position and does a good job blocking downhill. Has soft hands and does a nice job making the catch in traffic. Has good body control and adjusts well to the ball in the air. Secures the ball after the catch and can be tough to bring down because of his strength and toughness. Gets a good release because he's hard to jam.
Cons: He needs to improve his technique and hand use as a blocker. Doesn't always lock on and ends up on the ground too much. Doesn't always show consistent strength to push pile. Lacks speed and quickness and not a playmaker. Not great after the catch and won't challenge defenses vertically. Will have trouble separating because of lack of burst.
Overview: He's a guy that will be a bigger factor in the redzone than elsewhere because of his size and strength. You'll need him both as a blocker to punch it in and his size as a receiver. If you throw him the ball, he'll catch it, he just may not be open all that match. Sat out a game this past year due to ankle injury. Started career as a quarterback at Fresno State, but moved to tight end by end of his freshman year. Real name is McKenna Sean Pascoe, so you can understand why he goes by Bear.
NFL Forecast: Similar player to Ben Hartsock in that he's a capable receiver and will catch most things you throw to him, but lacks the speed and burst to really get enough separation. He's not going to be a playmaker in the passing game although he'll make those key drive- extending catches over the middle on third down. He'll be a starter, but won't be a guy that catches more than 25 or so passes a year. He's more of a guy that teams draft to help their ground attack. Like all college centers, he needs some work as a blocker, but his size, strength, and toughness give him the potential to be one of the league's top blocking tight ends. He's going to have a lot of value for a team, it just may not show up on the stat sheets. He'll probably have the longest career of anybody in this draft class because of his blocking prowess and his team will
ATL Forecast: He is the prototypical Mularkey tight end. This is the guy that in Pittsburgh and Buffalo, they would have targeted early in the draft. This is a guy that Dan Reeves would have traded two first round picks to get. He could immediately start for the Falcons. He won't upgrade the passing game, but he gives them a player that can block like Hartsock without the need to having another guy like Peelle on the roster. He probably would only catch 15-20 passes a year in this offense, but most of them would probably be either on third downs or in the redzone. He's not really an upgrade, but he does combine the abilities of Hartsock and Peelle into one player. I'd call him a stream-liner that opens up a roster spot for someone else.
Value: It's rare that a blocking tight end merits an early round pick, but Pascoe is one of those players. I wouldn't take him on the first day of the draft, but for a team looking for a guy to help on the ground, he makes sense as a third round pick.
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