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 Post subject: Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:58 pm 
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LUKE STOCKER
6-5/255
Tennessee Senior
40: 4.75 (estimated)

PROS:

Has nice hands to extend for the ball and pluck it out of the air. Can work down the seam and make the leaping catch over defender. Does a nice job turning upfield to get yards after the catch. Runs hard and not afraid of contact. Gets a decent release off the line. Gives good effort as a blocker and hits his assignments with some ferocity. Finishes his blocks. Shows some pop as an inline blocker and able to get position. Shows ability to get seal on the edge, as well as drive defensive back downfield in space.

CONS:

Body catches too much. Will drop some balls because of poor concentration at times. Needs to polish up his route running and doesn't do a great job getting separation. Needs to improve his hand use as an inline blocker as he always can't lock on.

OVERVIEW:

Stocker can draw immediate comparisons to a player like Jason Witten, because they went to the same school and have similar size and skillset. But he's not quite as good as Witten, but like Witten could potentially be a better pro than he was in college. Stocker had his most productive year as a senior with 39 catches for 417 yards (10.7 avg) and 2 touchdowns. Also had 29-389-13.4-5 as a junior. As a senior, he was primarily in an inline tight end, but worked quite a bit as an H-back as a junior when Jeff Cottam was the inline guy.

NFL FORECAST:

Stocker fits well as an inline, everydown blocker. He has the potential to be one of the better blocking tight ends in the league. He needs more polish, but flashes the tools, size, strength, and toughness you like to see in a player that can get really good there. As a receiver, you see flashes of his potential with his good hands, length, and size. But may not have quite the skillset to dominate in that realm as someone like Witten. He doesn't really pop as a guy that will be a reliable, consistent receiver to produce at a high level like Witten does, but is a guy that occasionally can make an impact on games. And that probably is what separates Stocker from having elite potential to being more of an above average tight end. Ultimately, I think that means he'll be more like a John Carlson or Visanthe Shiancoe than Witten. I think he'll be a solid third option in an offense, but not the first or second option that most of the top-tier tight ends in the league are. He has the potential to be catch 50-60 passes in the right offense, but he's more likely to be a 40-catch guy in most offenses. But he should have a nice productive career because he is a good blocker. And even down the road, when his speed is gone, he'll be able to stick around longer like a Kyle Brady or Christian Fauria for an addition 3-5 years because of his blocking ability and being able to be a nice No. 2 option. I would compare him to Heath Miller because of his potential as a blocker and ability to make plays in the middle of the field, but not a guy that can be a dynamic and go-to threat there. Like Miller, he'll work best in an offense that he is the third option when they have reliable targets on the outside.

ATL FORECAST:

Stocker is a good fit in Atlanta because he can shine as an inline tight end and help produce as a run blocker. He probably won't have the potential to be a consistent second option in the passing game that Gonzalez is now, but would be an upgrade as a blocker and still be able to produce somewhat as a third down option and redzone target. As a Falcon he would be able to give the team 40-50 catches, and make some plays, but he won't be "money" like Gonzo is in crunch/clutch situations on a week to week basis. He would have a nice long career in Atlanta, but his value would only be maximized if the Falcons were able to upgrade their No. 2 WR on the outside, and using him as a third guy that can work the middle of the field. He would be like Heath Miller in Atlanta, a very good No. 3 option, and decent No. 2.

VALUE:

Stocker is a solid third round value because of his limited potential and upside as a receiver, but could sneak into the latter part of the second round for a run-oriented team looking for a complementary option.

SKILLS:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Hands: 3.0
Blocking: 4.0
Body Control: 3.5
Range: 3.0

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