Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
We get it, you're upset about the player and are convinced he's going to be a "turrible" TE.........do you have anything else besides negativity to contribute to this thread????
Lol I think he is an "alright" prospect. I think we reached but I don't hate him. If he is going to be good I think it will be in a couple years not this year. I think it's funny how unrealistic the expectations are for a guy who has proven little. The assumptions are almost completely based on his "practice in shorts." One of the common things being stated is "man he will be a red zone threat." I thought he had 4 touchdowns last year. I was wrong he had 2 he was tied for 4th on his team in TD receptions with the third string TE. If he wasn't considered a redzone target on the RICE owls why are we thinking he will be one for us? This to me is a common sense question not assuming he will be "turrible".
My reaction is one in response to the wonderland analysis of our fellow faithful.
Positives+++ He will lock onto defenders with long arms and 4 years of stalk blocking. Put him on a play blocking down field with Crab and Bolden is absolutely scary. He will destroy some defenders blocking in space. He understands how to use his body to block out on sit down routes. Big hitters in the secondary will not punish him, He is just too big too fast he will be a great fourth quarter while ahead target when we are looking to punish the defense with running and hard hitting. Falls forward every play gaining extra yardage and carrying defenders. Understand complex zone schemes and is a smart player. Will find soft spots in zone coverage. Seems to be in the right place at the right time consistently. Never see him making mental mistakes.
Negatives--- Does not get separation against man coverage. Does not use leverage blocking and is used to tracking smaller players while blocking verses In-line blocking.(good news is D.Walker was rarely used as an in-line blocker on the strong side of a play.) Hands are not good and despite his size has a problems holding onto the ball. Most of his yards and production came in spread and frequently ran bubble screens. We will not be giving him 4 bubble screens a game. Doesn't shake defenders doesn't break many tackles despite impressive yac.