The SEC could make an all-star team with the guys who won't be playing this fall, including former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux. They aren't alone. Many players across the country will miss time due to injuries, academic reasons or other off-field issues. Check inside for a list of 20 schools with the...[details]
The Good: An explosive athlete who gets up to speed quickly and has the burst to run away from linebackers down the field. Showcases reliable hands and does a nice job attacking the ball at its highest point. Displays good instincts finding soft spots in zone coverage. Is an very smooth route runner and knows how to sink his hips and change directions cleanly. The Bad: Is built more like a bulked-up receiver than a tight end. Lost his senior season because of a torn ACL. Needs to prove at the Combine that he still has athleticism and explosion to his game.
Positives: Has soft, natural hands with long arms and terrific athletic ability. Plays tough. Can take a hit. Great competitor. Shows enough speed to threaten the seam. Creates mismatches - is able to outrun linebackers and outsize defensive backs. Willing to lower his shoulder and drive through defenders but also quick enough to outmaneuver defenders in space. Easily adjusts to off-target throws. Good leaping ability - will go up and catch in traffic. Has the competitive make-up to contribute as a blocker. Negatives: Does not have natural girth. Not a polished route runner - wastes too much movement avoiding contact and takes himself off pattern. Not quick upfield after the catch and does not show a top gear. Struggles to sink his hips and separate. Was seldom used to block in an offense that does not feature a true tight end and will require a lot of technique work blocking in-line. Is still raw and may require a longer adjustment period as a rookie. Summary: Has the potential to emerge as the best pass-catching TE prospect in this draft class with natural athletic ability and ball skills that cannot be taught. Is built like an NBA power forward and could create a lot of mismatches against linebackers and defensive backs. Durability is the biggest question. Has huge upside. Grade: Second-to-third-round talent.