Pros: Shows good potential as a blocker. Gets good position and locks onto defender. finishes his blocks and is physical. Has good quickness, speed, and soft hands as a receiver.
Cons: Needs to show more pop off snap and strength as a blocker, particularly in the lower body. Underused in the passing game.
Overview: Productive player, but probably could have been more of a factor in the passing game. Was benched at one point during this past year for underachieving, but still wound up with 26 catches in 9 games. He's a good athlete and has the potential to be a capable two-way tight end, but probably won't excel in either area.
NFL Forecast: His best chance of sticking in the NFL is as a blocker. If he can get stronger there, then he'll be a solid No. 2 option. As a receiver, he's a capable guy when utilized, but isn't going to be a big factor in the passing game. He could be a capable starter on a team that likes its tight ends to block most downs. On such a team, he would probably be a guy capable of consistently grabbing 20-30 passes. He's a similar type of tight end to a guy like Anthony Becht or Reggie Kelly, although I don't see him getting the opportunities to start like those two did due to their high draft status. Instead, he'll have to work to become a capable second option in the passing game, but should make up for it with solid, if not spectacular blocking.
ATL Forecast: Brock is a Mularkey-type tight end because he's a capable blocker that can also be a decent safety valve in the passing game. Won't be a playmaker there, but could be a nice option in Atlanta. Problem is that he's not really much of a better option than Peelle. They are essentially the same type of player, although Peelle is probably a more natural receiver than Brock. And since he's not a better blocker than Hartsock, he'll be hard-pressed to earn much playing time early on. Brock's value in Atlanta would be as a long-term guy to groom to take over for either player when their contracts expire down the road.
Value: For a team that is looking for a blocking tight end, the highest he could go is the fifth round. But more likely, he's a better fit in the sixth.
Scouting Reports of tight ends in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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