The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and a trio of Golden Eagles are anxiously awaiting to see if their names will be called during the two day event held in Manhattan. To help break down where top Southern Miss prospects may fall in the draft we talk with Rob Rang one of the most respected draft...[details]
The Good: Possesses a massive wingspan and cleanly plucks the ball away from his body. Does a nice job getting down the field and has the deep speed to consistently threaten the seam. Is a coordinated route runner and displays good body control in and out of his breaks. Uses his long arms well in the run game and does a nice job exploding through his hips and driving defenders off the ball. The Bad: Still needs to add a bit more girth to his frame. Is a bit light at only 238 pounds and at times looks more like a receiver than a tight end. Struggles dropping his eye level and going down to make the low catch.
Positives: Good athlete with long arms. Can get vertical and create separation down the seam. Slippery at the line of scrimmage swimming off the jam. Adjusts well to the thrown ball and has good balance in his feet and fine body control. Natural catcher. Showed improvement as a blocker at the Senior Bowl working with Mike Tice and uses his long arms and agility well to compete. Solid downfield blocker. Competitive, four-year starter. Consistent career production. Has good upside. Negatives: Does not have a big frame and has struggled to bulk up. Needs to spend more time in the weight room and get stronger. Lack of bulk will create some problems matching up with bigger defenders on the line. Does not play with authority in his hands and lacks upper-body strength. Not a polished route runner and could sharpen his cuts and come out of breaks more cleanly. Does not create a lot of yardage after the catch. Summary: Impressed at the Senior Bowl with his willingness as a blocker and performed well at the Combine. Can develop into a solid all-around tight end with added bulk and physical development. Grade: Second-to-third-round talent.