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2007 Rookie Profiles: Running Backs

Posted: 5/07
 

Courtesy of the TFY Draft Preview

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Full Name:  Michael Allan             School:   Whitworth College                    

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   252            40:   4.78                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Posted career numbers of 53/1,100/9 as a senior when he

received All-America notice.  Junior totals included 36/693/15.

 

Pos: Nice-sized pass-catching tight end with a developing game.  Quickly

releases off the line, finds the open spot on the field and offers the

quarterback a nice target.  Consistent hand-catcher who extends to make

the reception away from his frame.  Flashes the ability to split the seam. 

 

Neg: Marginal blocker who does not get the results he should.

 

Analysis: Dominating a low level of college competition, Allan has the production, size and speed to get late-round consideration.  May need time adjusting to the big leagues yet has the tools to be a productive NFL tight end.

 


 

Full Name:  Jonathan Allen          School:   Norfolk State                            

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   213            40:   4.70                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Former receiver who posted 21/283/1 as a senior.  Handled long-snapping

duties in the past.

 

Pos: Athletic pass catcher with consistent hands.  Quickly releases into routes, adjusts to the errant throw and displays natural receiving skills. 

Possesses strong hands and makes the difficult reception with defenders

draped on him.  Takes a hit and holds onto the ball.  Gives effort blocking.

 

Neg: Undersized to be a blocker at the next level and lacks strength at the point. Weight fluctuates between 215 and 225 pounds.

 

Analysis: A solid pass catcher with adequate speed, Allen has a slight chance to be used as a third-down/red zone target in the NFL.

 


 

Full Name:  Kevin Boss                 School:   Western Oregon                       

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   250            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who was limited to six games due to a shoulder injury

last season, finishing with 33/403/5.  Junior totals included 53/621/8. 

All-Conference selection after his sophomore and junior campaigns.

 

Pos: Productive small-school tight end who dominates the competition.  Fluid

pass catcher who adjusts to the errant throw and gets vertical to high-point

the ball.  Finds the soft spot on the field, offers the quarterback a nice

target and displays good eye/hand coordination.  Flashes the ability to get

downfield and create mismatches.

 

Neg: Marginal size and strength as a blocker.  Does not possess top playing speed.

 

Analysis: A natural pass catcher with fluid movement skills, Boss offers average size/speed numbers and is now coming off a major injury.  A practice squad player who could eventually develop into a third tight end.

 


 

Full Name:  Cody Boyd                 School:   Washington State                    

Ht:   6-7           Wt:   260            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Moved into the full-time starting position as a senior, posting career-best

numbers of 32/481/2.  Missed significant time the prior two years with

assorted foot and shoulder ailments.

 

Pos: A nice-sized, athletic tight end who has been unable to stay healthy.  Plays with leverage, stays square as a blocker and shows good punch with his

hands.  Fluid releasing off the line, finds the open spots of the defense and

extends to make the reception.  Adequate playing speed and size.

 

Neg: Must work harder to finish blocks and improve his playing strength. 

Displays limited footwork in pass protection.  Poor route runner.

 

Analysis: Coming off a productive campaign in which he spent most of the season on the field, Boyd displayed ability in most aspects of the game.  Possesses the size and for a third tight end at the next level.

 


Full Name:  Steven Bright            School:   Vanderbilt                                  

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   240            40:   4.81                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Former backup quarterback who caught 18/228/2 in eight games as a

senior after catching 17 passes the prior year.  Also experienced as a long

snapper and holder on special teams.

 

Pos: Long-limbed pass catcher with solid size/speed numbers.  Quickly releases

into routes, immediately gets to top speed and works to make himself an

available target.  Uses his frame to shield away defenders and looks the

pass into his hands.  Gives effort as a blocker.

 

Neg: Does not consistently make the difficult reception in a battle.  Marginal

strength at the point.  Cannot split the seam down the field.

 

Analysis: Still learning the position, Bright will get consideration for a team which employs an H-back.

 


 

Full Name:  Tim Calhoun              School:   Eastern Washington                 

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   255            40:   4.87                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after receiving

totals of 5/38/1.  Junior numbers were 15/213.  Sat out the ‘03 and ‘04

seasons with injury and may be able to regain an additional season of eligibility.

 

Pos: Stout blocking tight end with solid size/speed numbers.  Stays square and

controls opponents at the point.  Fluid releasing off the line and extends his

hands, offering the quarterback a nice target.  Pulls the difficult reception from the air.

 

Neg: Overall game lacks explosion and playing speed.  Marginally productive in the passing game.

 

Analysis: A solid athlete effective in all areas of the game, injuries held Calhoun’s progress back.  Practice squad material if not offered a sixth season of eligibility.

 


 

Full Name:  Scott Chandler         School:   Iowa                                          

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   258            40:   4.75                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Former wide receiver who moved into the starting lineup as a junior. 

All-Conference selection last season after totaling 46/591/6.  Led Iowa in

receiving as a junior with 47/552/2.

 

Pos: Natural pass-catching tight end with a consistent game.  Runs good routes getting separation from defenders, extends and makes the reception away from his frame.  Adjusts to the errant throw, displays good eye/hand

coordination and comes away with the reception in a crowd.  Shows terrific

focus and lays out for the acrobatic reception downfield.

 

Neg: Not quick releasing off the line into routes, possesses average playing

speed and is not fast enough to beat defensive backs in a foot race. 

Marginal blocker who lacks strength at the point of attack.

 

Analysis: One of the better pass-catching tight ends in the nation, Chandler offers potential in a West Coast offense and could make it as a second/third tight end for a team which brings him onto the field during third-down situations.

 


 

Full Name:  Daniel Coats              School:   BYU                                            

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   255            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and then rotated as a

first-team player the next two years.  Senior receiving numbers were

22/239/2 after 21/189/3 the prior year.

 

Pos: Good-sized tight end who stands out as a blocker.  Strong, gets leverage on opponents and seals defenders from the action.  Displays good awareness,

works well with teammates and always looks for someone to hit.  Finds the

soft spots in the defense as a receiver, works routes and possesses reliable hands.

 

Neg:

Offers minimal speed and is not a downfield receiving threat.  Does not play

with great balance.

 

Analysis: Offering a solid overall game, Coats has potential as a second or third tight end brought onto the field for third-and-short situations.

 


Full Name:  Tyler Ecker                School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   250            40:   4.87                Year:     6Sr

 

Bio: Spot starter the past three seasons.  Posted 12/155/2 in eight games as a senior after a career-best 21 receptions during his junior campaign.

 

Pos: Efficient college tight end with no outstanding aspect to his game. 

Intelligent, stays with assignments and works until the whistle blows.  Solid

position blocker who seals defenders from the action.  Plays with good

body control, adjusts to the throw and effectively uses the sidelines. 

 

Neg: Not quick into routes.  Possesses marginal playing speed.  Not a dominant blocker.

 

Analysis: Solid for the past three years at Michigan, Ecker has the abilities to make it as a third tight end in the NFL.

 


 

Full Name:  Marcus Freeman       School:   Notre Dame                               

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   250            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Part-time starter the past three years and totaled 9/98/2 as a senior.

 

Pos: Complementary tight end who has been overshadowed in the Notre Dame

program.  Breaks down well, plays with a wide base and effectively works his

hands as a blocker.  Adjusts to the errant throw, reaching back to grab the

ball from the air.  Finds the clearing in the defense, displays soft hands and

uses his frame to shield away opponents.

 

Neg: Displays marginal strength as a blocker.  Not a tight end who splits the

seam or creates mismatches in the secondary.

 

Analysis: An average athlete with marginal production in college, Freeman does things well enough to get looks in camp this summer.

 


Full Name:  Payne Hall                 School:   Missouri State                           

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   252            40:   4.67                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Former defensive end who transferred from Arkansas.  Posted 25/254

receiving last season.

 

Pos:

Solid tight end developing a complete game.  Fluid releasing off the line into

routes, displays adequate playing speed and gives effort until the whistle

blows.  Works blocks hard, stays square and turns defenders off the line. 

Breaks down well playing with good knee bend.  Extends and adjusts to

make the difficult catch.  Flashes the ability to stretch the seam.

 

Neg: Gets minimal movement from blocks.  Has had minor injury problems in the past.

 

Analysis: A prospect with solid size/speed numbers, Hall is a potential second tight end for a team willing to be patient and develop his skills.

 


Full Name:  Jonny Harline            School:   BYU                                            

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   241            40:   4.85                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Junior college transfer who’s started the past two seasons, winning

All-Conference honors both years.  Senior totals were 58/935/12 after 63/853/5 the prior year.

 

Pos: Pass-catching tight end with marginal size and playing speed.  Works his

hands to get off jams at the line, finds the soft spot in the defense or comes

back to the quarterback, making himself an available target.  Gets vertical

in a crowd, adjusts and displays the ability to make the difficult reception. 

Possesses soft hands and plays with good body control.

 

Neg: Marginal blocker, and usually lines up in the slot or out on the flanks. 

Lacks the speed to get deep or stretch the seam.

 

Analysis: A hard-working tight end with a nice feel for the game, Harline’s best opportunity would be as a pass catcher in a West Coast offense.

 


Full Name:  Clark Harris                School:   Rutgers                                      

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   254            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Senior receiving totals were 38/294 after 38/584/4 as a junior.

Career-best numbers of 53/725/5 came as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Consistent receiver who projects as a number-two tight end.  Fluid

releasing off the line, reads defenses and sneaks it downfield.  Finds the

open seam, consistently makes himself an available target and displays

good eye/hand coordination.  Looks the pass in, is an effective body

catcher when necessary and is tough running after the reception.

 

Neg: Not aggressive with blocking assignments and gets marginal results.  Does not have the speed to be a true deep threat.

 

Analysis: Harris lacks the size/speed numbers to be anything other than a backup tight end. His production as a long snapper last year could help him secure a spot on a roster.

 

 

Full Name:  Matt Herian               School:   Nebraska                                   

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   240            40:   4.87                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Returned to the starting lineup as a senior and totaled 12/150/2.  Played

eight games as a junior in ‘04, totaling 24/308/3 before fracturing his left

leg, which caused him to sit on the sidelines for a year and a half.  Totaled

22/484/3 as a sophomore in ’03, averaging 22 yards per reception.

 

Pos: One-time playmaking tight end who has been fractionally effective since his broken leg.  Natural pass catcher who adjusts to the errant throw, displays

good concentration and comes away with the tough grab.  Showed the

ability to get down the seam into the secondary and consistently make big

plays prior to his injury.  Played faster than his 40 time.

 

Neg: Seemed haphazard and lacked balance last season.  Lacks overall

quickness and not effective as a blocker.

 

Analysis: At one time a prospect with first-round ability, Herian has struggled since his serious leg injury in ‘04.  May have a difficult time passing medical

exams, and has a long way to go to return to his prior dominance.

 


Full Name:  Zac Herold                School:   Nebraska-Omaha                      

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   262            40:   4.93                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who’s been an All-Conference and All-American

selection since his junior campaign.  Receiving numbers were 23/358 last

year after 32/465/5 the prior year.

 

Pos: Well-built tight end who is an effective short-range target.  Blocks with good lean, gets leverage on opponents and is strong at the point of attack. 

Controls defenders or moves them off the line.  Blocks with a nasty attitude.

Displays good hand punch and rides opponents from their angle of attack. 

Plays heads-up football.  Adjusts to the throw and looks the ball in.

 

Neg: Overall game lacks quickness and speed.  Rarely gets into the secondary

to make plays.  Marginal footwork in pass protection.

 

Analysis: Offering the size and ability to be a blocking tight end in the NFL, Herold could make it as a number three at his position.

 


Full Name:  Anthony James         School:   Louisiana Tech                          

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   263            40:   4.95                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, posting a career-high 25/241/1 as a senior.

 

Pos: Hard-working blocker with limited upside.  Quickly releases into routes,

shields opponents away with his frame and looks the ball into his hands. 

Attacks assignments, effectively uses angles and seals defenders from the action.

 

Neg: Does not show soft or consistent hands.  Loses out in battles for the

reception.  Lacks footwork sliding out to protect the edge.

 

Analysis: Possessing outstanding size and showing flashes as a blocker, James could make it as a third tight end used in short-yardage situations.

 


Full Name:  Branden Jones          School:   Southern Illinois                        

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   256            40:   4.70                Year:     6Sr

 

Bio: Former Northwestern transfer who was an All-Conference choice last

season after leading the team in receiving with 32/521/7.  Had a number of

off-the-field incidents at Northwestern, including an arrest for attempted robbery.

 

Pos: Solid pass-catcher coming off a productive season.  Finds the seams in the defense, has a burst of speed and makes the difficult reception downfield. 

Fluid moving about the field, runs well laterally and makes the catch in stride.

 

Neg: Marginally strong and limited as a blocker.  Unproductive at tight end until his senior campaign.

 

Analysis: A former linebacker, the light may have finally gone on for Jones last

season.  Has the skills to be a second or third tight end in the NFL but must

get his act together off the field and show better judgment.

 


Full Name:  Jamaal Lewis             School:   Arizona State                            

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   233            40:   4.75                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Reserve tight end who posted 11/151/2 in eight games as a senior after

career-best numbers of 23/446/5 the prior year.

 

Pos: Fluid pass-catching tight end with solid hands.  Finds the soft spot in the

defense and makes the reception in stride.  Gets vertical, extends and

snatches the ball from the air.  Possesses reliable hands.

 

Neg: Has a thin build, is not strong at the point and marginally effective as a

blocker.  Not quick into routes and has just average playing speed.

 

Analysis: Pass catching skills could help Lewis could find a home as a third tight end or H-back at the next level.

 


Full Name:  Zach Miller                School:   Arizona State                            

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   260            40:   4.63                Year:     3Jr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his

freshman campaign.  Posted 50/485/4 as a junior after 38/476/4 as a

sophomore.  Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after career-best numbers of 56/552/6 during the ’04 season.

 

Pos: Athletic pass-catching tight end who creates mismatches in the defensive secondary.  A solid route-runner who gets separation from opponents, uses his frame to shield away defenders and effectively body-catches when necessary.  Fluid, natural receiver who effortlessly makes the reception in stride, adjusting to the errant throw and looking the ball into his hands.  Comes back to the quarterback finding the open spot in the defense, and knows where the sticks are on third down.  Blocks with leverage, picks up

blitzes and works well with linemen.  Effectively fights with his hands and makes solid use of angles in pass protection.

 

Neg: Play leveled off after a tremendous freshman campaign.  Must improve the strength of his base and his blocking.  Performed terribly at the combine.

 

Analysis: A physically gifted tight end with all the traits necessary to become a complete player, Miller flashes game-breaking skills.  Must take his game

to the next level, but offers a lot of upside.

 


Full Name:  Martrez Milner           School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   252            40:   4.65                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Former rotational starter who became a full-time first-teamer as a senior. 

All-Conference selection last year after leading Georgia in receiving with

30/425/3.  Junior totals were 14/291/2, when he started four games.

 

Pos: Athletic receiver who displayed solid improvement as a senior.  Fluid

releasing off the line into routes, nicely uses his frame to protect the pass

and adjusts to grab the errant throw.  Flashes the ability to split the seam

downfield, consistently extends and makes the reception away from his

frame.  Gives effort as a blocker and shields linebackers from the action. 

 

Neg: Does not display soft, consistent hands, and double-catches too many

throws.  Marginal strength at the point as a blocker.  Minimally productive in the passing game.

 

Analysis: A naturally gifted tight end who makes a lot of athletic plays, Milner entices scouts with flashes of ability.  A developmental prospect with starting

potential if the light goes on.

 


Full Name:  Dan Murray               School:   Connecticut                              

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   250            40:   4.89                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 10/113/1 as a senior after 28/396/5 the prior year.

 

Pos: Consistent college tight end with marginal size/speed numbers for the next level.  Gives effort as a blocker, staying square and jolting opponents at the point of attack.  Turns defenders off the line and uses his frame to seal opponents from the action.

 

Neg: Possesses marginal hands catching the ball.  Lacks playing speed and

does not create mismatches in the secondary.  Average blocking strength.

 

Analysis: A competitive, try-hard prospect, Murray does not stand out in any single aspect of his game, yet could catch on as a third tight end.

 


Full Name:  Joe Newton               School:   Oregon State                            

Ht:   6-6.5        Wt:   250            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who was honorable mention All-Conference after the ‘06 and ‘04 campaigns.  Totals last season were 36/466/7.  Missed the ’05

season after rupturing a tendon in his foot.  Junior totals were a career-best 56/687/7.

 

Pos: Athletic tight end with a complete game.  Fluid releasing into routes,

extends his hands and gets up in a crowd for the difficult grab.  Uses his

frame to shield away opponents, and is a solid hand-catcher.  Tough

blocker who keeps his head on a swivel and is always looking for someone to hit.

 

Neg: Marginal speed, quickness and looks sluggish.  Works blocks but not

dominant nor a true finisher.

 

Analysis: Consistent in all aspects of his game throughout college, Newton is a solid third tight end at the next level.

 


 

Full Name:  Jake Nordin               School:   Northern Illinois                         

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   260            40:   4.85                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a junior.  Receiving

totals were 14/159 last year when he missed five games with a broken

ankle.  Junior totals were 26/266/1.

 

Pos: Tough blocking tight end with good size.  Quick off the snap, has a nasty

attitude and looks to finish off opponents.  Always looking for someone to

hit.  Can block in motion.  Chips defenders and removes opponents from

their angle of attack.  Solid eye/hand coordination as a pass catcher.

 

Neg: Marginal playing speed, not a downfield threat nor a wide out who can

stretch the seam.  Limited productivity catching the ball.

 

Analysis: One of the better blocking tight ends in the nation, Nordin may slip through the cracks because of his broken ankle.  Possesses the tools to make it as a third tight end brought onto the field during short-yardage situations.

 


Full Name:  Greg Olsen                School:   Miami-Fl                                     

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   250            40:   4.75                Year:     4Jr

 

Bio: Two-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since

his junior campaign.  Led the Hurricanes in receptions last season posting

40/489/1, after 31/451/4 as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Athletic prospect who flashes brilliance yet does not show much

consistency.  Quick releasing off the line, fluid into routes and immediately

gets to top speed.  Finds the clearing in the defense, makes himself an

available target and extends to catch the ball away from his frame.  Smooth

moving about the field, adjusts to the errant throw and makes a lot of

difficult receptions.  Comes away with the ball when defenders are draped

on him.  Uses his frame to protect the pass and displays top eye/hand coordination.

 

Neg: Not physical as a blocker and leans on opponents.  Easily brought down at the point of attack running after the reception.  Does not show a lot of playing strength.

 

Analysis: Olsen is a solid prospect for the next level who needs to show more on the field.  A tremendous athlete with great upside but needs to develop his game.

 


 

Full Name:  Ben Patrick                School:   Delaware                                   

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   268            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: All-American and All-Conference selection as a senior after career-best

numbers of 64/639/6.  Spent his first three seasons at Duke, where he

started as a sophomore and junior.

 

Pos: Athletic pass-catching tight end with soft hands.  Quickly releases into

routes, lays out for the errant throw and makes the difficult reception with

defenders draped on him.  Uses his frame to protect the pass and offers the

quarterback a nice target.  Displays good eye/hand coordination, makes the

reception in stride and consistently finds the clearing in the defense. 

Displays both soft and strong hands, with the ability to pluck the throw from

 

Neg: Possesses just average playing speed and is not a tight end who breaks it down the seam.  Marginal strength at the point of attack and rarely gets

movement from run blocks.

 

Analysis: After solid production at Duke, Patrick had a breakout campaign last

season on a small-school level.  Best suited as a move tight end, and offers

potential as a number two player at his position.

 


Full Name:  Anthony Pudewell     School:   Nevada                                      

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   254            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Senior totals were 24/243/2 after 27/308/2 the prior year.

 

Pos: Hard-working tight end who’s been consistent through college.  Plays with good mechanics, remains alert and extends to catch the ball away from his frame.  Effective as a position blocker and works his hands throughout the action.

 

Neg: Lacks playing speed and does not beat defenders down the seam.  Ran

poorly at the combine,  Does not display functional football strength or get

movement from run blocks.  Marginally productive as a pass-catcher.

 

Analysis: A competitive prospect known for great work ethic, Pudewell’s football intelligence and attitude toward the game could capture him a roster spot.

 


Full Name:  Gijon Robinson          School:   Missouri Western                      

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   255            40:   4.72                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons. 

Senior pass-catching totals included 25/253/1 after 28/428/2 as a junior.

 

Pos: Short, pass-catching tight end with reliable hands.  Fluid releasing into

routes, adjusts to the errant throw and easily makes the reception running

full speed.  Displays good focus and consistently extends to make the

reception away from his frame.  Boxes out opponents and makes the tough grab.

 

Neg: Displays marginal strength as a blocker and pushed aside by small school

defenders.  Lacks foot-speed and does not get separation down the field.

 

Analysis: Lacking the height to be a starting tight end at the next level, Robinson could fit in as an H-back lined up in the backfield or constantly put in motion.

 


Full Name:  Derek Schouman       School:   Boise State                               

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   247            40:   4.69                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling

29/276/4.  Junior numbers included 17 receptions.

 

Pos: Tough, hard-working tight end who gives effort in all aspects.  Finds the

openings in the defense, stays on the same page as his quarterback and

extends to make the reception away from his frame.  Comes away with the

difficult grab in a crowd or takes a pounding, yet holds onto the throw.  Solid

skills in pass protection and works hard as a blocker.

 

Neg: Does not play to his timed speed.  Marginal strength at the point, falls off

blocks and rarely finishes.

 

Analysis: An undersized tight end who has been relatively effective in college,

Schouman has the attitude to succeed at the next level.  Will get

consideration at tight end, H-back and possibly fullback.

 


Full Name:  Samuel Smith            School:   Florida International                 

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   245            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a junior and senior. 

Posted career-best numbers of 47/458/2 last season after 35/302/1 as a

junior.  Broke into the lineup as a sophomore, totaling 42/510/3.

 

Pos: Athletic pass-catching tight end who is best in motion.  Adjusts well and

extends to make the reception away from his frame.  Fluid releasing into

routes, makes the reception in stride and displays good eye/hand

coordination.  Displays ability as a position blocker.

 

Neg: Undersized and marginally strong.  Lacks speed and the ability to split the

seam downfield.

 

Analysis: A consistent pass-catcher who’s had a quality college career, Smith is overlooked and rarely mentioned.  Could fit into the very late part of the

draft, and has the ability to make it as a third tight end.

 


Full Name:  Luke Smith-Anderson               School:                                      Idaho   

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   248            40:   4.75                Year:     6Jr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-high 26/366/1 last year.  Missed the ’05 season after rupturing his spleen.  Also missed the ’03 and ’02 with injuries.

 

Pos: Pass-catching tight end with a long injury history.  Quick off the line,

immediately gets to top speed and finds the open creases in the defense. 

Gets vertical or adjusts to the errant throw, displays strong hands and the

ability to make the difficult reception downfield.  Runs well laterally and looks the ball into his hands.

 

Neg: Marginal strength as a blocker and gets pushed back off the line.  Loses

focus and lets catchable passes slip through his hands.

 

Analysis: A potential “move” tight end for the next level, Smith-Anderson must be medically cleared to have any chance of getting invited to a camp next summer.

 



Full Name:  Matt Spaeth             School:   Minnesota                                 

Ht:   6-7           Wt:   257            40:   4.84                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter who's been an All-Conference selection since his

sophomore campaign.  Senior totals included 47/564/4 despite playing

with a major shoulder injury during the second half of the season.  Junior totals were 26/333/4.

 

Pos: Efficient tight end with an all-around game.  Solid pass-catcher who

consistently works to get separation, looks the ball into his hands and

takes a pounding yet holds onto the throw.  Uses his frame to shield away

opponents, extends, and consistently makes the reception away from his

body.  Tough, intelligent and plays through pain.  Solid position blocker who

bends his knees, stays square and works hard.

 

Neg: Not explosive at the point nor a tight end who finishes blocks.  Lacks the

speed to split the seams or create mismatches in the secondary.  May not

be 100% from his shoulder surgery for a while.

 

Analysis: Consistent as both a blocker and pass-catcher the past three years, Spaeth has the ability to be a number two tight end at the next level.

 


Full Name:  Rudy Sylvan              School:   Ohio                                           

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   275            40:   4.93                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio: Posted 19/197/2 as a senior when he became a full-time starter. 

Sporadically used the prior two seasons.

 

Pos: Terrific-sized tight end with good upside.  Strong at the point, gets

movement from run blocks and plays with solid fundamentals.  Finds the

open spot on the defense and gets his hands up to make the reception away

from his frame.  Gives effort in all aspects of the game.

 

Neg: Must learn to consistently finish blocks.  Needs to improve his awareness.

 

Analysis: A developmental prospect who has shown an improving game the past two seasons, Sylvan has the tools to be a second tight end.

 


Full Name:  Neale Tweedie          School:   Texas                                        

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   264            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who caught six passes for 55 yards as a senior.  Spent

time at tight end, offensive tackle and defensive end in college.

 

Pos: Big-bodied blocking tight end with a degree of upside.  Sets with a wide

base, bends his knees and blocks with leverage.  Strong at the point, stays

with blocks and turns defenders from the action.  Settles into the open

space on the field and extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame.

 

Neg: Not quick releasing off the line and possesses just average playing speed. Stiff, falls off blocks and is not a true finisher.

 

Analysis: Possessing better-than-average size/speed numbers, Tweedie has

bounced around the field and never really progressed at any one position. 

Grades as a developmental prospect, who has possibilities as a third tight end.

 


Full Name:  Chad Upshaw            School:   Buffalo                                       

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   252            40:   4.91                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Moved into the starting role as a freshman.  Led the team in receiving as a senior posting 35/419/1 after career numbers of 37/359/3 as a junior.

 

Pos: Athletic tight end with a good degree of upside.  Breaks down well, fluid

releasing off the line and displays solid route running skills.  Quickly gets

into breaks and stays low on exit.  Blocks with leverage, stays square and gives effort.

 

Neg: Lacks strength at the point and rarely gets movement from blocks.  Does

not play with balance nor consistently come away with the difficult grab. 

Limited playing speed and not stretching the seam.

 

Analysis: Fairly productive in all areas, Upshaw is a practice squad player who could make it as a team’s third tight end.

 

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