I watched a little film on a lot of prospects before the draft but wanted to go in depth for the guys we drafted. A couple thoughts I have. Not saying I am 100% correct on all this, just what I see.
-Very aggressive blocking at times, seen him back off early at times, a few times I seen blocks w/ minimal effort but mostly very willing and very good blocker
-I'd like to see him lose a little lower body weight (butt and thigh area), tighten it up and that should help him get faster/quicker as well. He definitely needs to get faster/quicker imo. No doubt working with our group he will be in better shape, the best of his life actually. On 2nd thought it's hard to tell, but if he's that thick in the thighs and the butt it could be muscle as well, if that's it maybe a little addition by subtraction. Some time losing some muscle (like v.davis) makes you a better receiver because you are more flexible and it can make you quicker. The upper body is fine.
-Maybe it's because I haven't watched enough but it seems like he would rather run over guys to get open or use his body and sit down. Don't see him running past defenders, more of a Jason Witten sit down guy... a lot of 5-10 yard in's, out's and some 5-10 yard curls. Uses his body to shield defenders... A few times made nice catches in traffic and held onto it after getting hit because his body is so thick the defenders seem to take more of a blow than he does. He might not be a vernon davis type where he can outrun defenders and catch a 50 yard pass but I think he will be a good first down guy and maybe red zone guy, he will catch the ball and turn upfield and fight for yards. Keeping it underneath can move the chains as well.
-Can take handoffs in the backfield or catch bubble screens like Walker. Walker was probably faster though. So it's an option for us but doubt we use him that way much or if at all. He had a bunch of bobbles and drops on bubble screens, looked like he was worried about turning upfield and running before catching.
-As for the hands a lot of the drops/bobbles seemed to be on those bubble screens but seen him one hand a ball against baylor that led to a pick 6. Definitely has to work on catching the ball but a lot of guys on offense and defense young and old do. One thing I liked is that he is a hands catcher and not a body catcher.
Catches with his hands not his body, still needs work on catching but most of drops I seen where from bubble screens. Can do bubblescreens/hand offs in backfield but probably wont do many at this level. More of a Jason Witten sit down guy or a use your body to block out defenders than a vernon davis tight end who can burn you deep. Probably an underneath, 1st down, maybe red zone guy.. safety blanket... pretty good blocker and very willing... I think he could get tigther in the butt/thigh area, not sure if its' fat or muscle or both but losing some of it could make him faster.. can absorb blows and catch balls over the middle due to thick body... a lot of in's, out's from 5-10 yards and some curls but can turn upfield and will fight for extra yardage.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on May 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM ]