PROS: Is a big, athletic target that has good size and strength. A capable blocker that can destroy a linebacker, and does a good job locking onto defender and using his size to his advantage. Has soft hands with good length to go up high to make the catch. Has nice speed and gets good release off the line. Is tough to bring down after the catch because he's so athletic and strong. Is a decent route-runner.
CONS: Needs to improve his concentration and drops a lot of passes. Doesn't always attack the ball in the air. Doesn't have sudden burst or speed and never seems to appear to be going full speed. Is tough to bring down after the catch because of his size, not because he runs particularly hard. Needs to get better push as a blocker and not as physical as you'd like to see in a player his size.
OVERVIEW: Gresham is a matchup nightmare and is able to get by mostly because of that. Not sure he really has a fire lit under him, and if he can get one, then he can be a dominant tight end on the next level.
NFL FORECAST: I think Gresham can be a very good pro, but I don't see him being a dominant receiver. He is a comparable player to Antonio Gates in terms of his size, athleticism, and strength. But at times, he appears to be a player closer to O.J. Santiago that is trapped in Gates' body. He has loads of upside, and will be a dangerous threat in the redzone. But I'm not sure he's quite reliable enough to be a consistent chain mover. But he'll be a very productive pro, although I'm not convinced he'll live up to the lofty expectations of being one of the elite tight ends in the league. He's just not that natural a receiver, but a player with his size and athleticism can't help but be a productive player. I wouldn't want him to carry my offense, but if he can get a good coach to motivate him, and a quarterback that works with him and trusts in him, he can start to live up to his lofty potential.
ATL FORECAST: Gresham has the potential to be a good replacement for Gonzalez because of his potential to be a matchup nightmare for defenses. But he'll have to be a more consistent player and being groomed behind Gonzalez for a year or two would probably help him in doing many of the little things it takes to be an elite tight end. At the very least, he would make a good starter that can be a good secondary option for Ryan.
VALUE: Gresham has Top 15 potential in terms of his athletic potential, but because of his inconsistency he's probably best served being a late first round pick or early second round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BODY CONTROL: 3.5
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