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 Post subject: Brandon Myers, TE, Iowa
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:28 am 
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Brandon Myers
6-3/250 Iowa
4.78 Senior

Pros: Has nice hands and good body control. Will lay out and extend for the ball. Gets a nice release. Is a feisty blocker that likes to get after guys. Shows some pop off the snap and does a good job getting the seal on the edge. Does a nice job securing ball after the catch and good runner because he fights for extra yards.

Cons: Lacks strength and size to really push the pile as a blocker. Doesn't lock onto defender and needs to improve his hand use. Is undersized, and susceptible to the chip and jam at the line of scrimmage when he gets his release.

Overview: Myers is a nice two-way tight end that has the potential to really improve as a blocker.

NFL Forecast: He'll never really be a playmaking pass catcher. But could be a nice, reliable outlet receiver for a quarterback that is the fourth option in the passing game. As a blocker, his upside is much greater. He'll need to get stronger and still has some technique issues to refine, but he's a scrappy guy that plays much bigger than his size merits. He'll be liked by coaches for those reasons, and I don't see him having any issues adjusting and sticking as an inline blocker at the next level. Could start, but better off as a No. 2 guy.

ATL Forecast: Myers is more of your classic Mularkey tight end that rarely gets reps in the passing game, but is in on almost every snap as a blocker. He has the potential to be another Mark Bruener, although probably will be a bigger factor in the passing game than Bruener. He could replace both Hartsock and Peelle within three years as the team's top blocking tight end, but they would still need to find someone else that can open up the passing attack. He's not an upgrade, just more of a long-term replacement option.

Value: Myers is a solid late round pick for a team looking for a blocker. I'd take him in the sixth, but wouldn't be surprised if he snuck into the late fifth.

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