Got plantar fasciitis at the Senior Bowl
vs. Clemson (N, 2020), vs. Akron, @ Rutgers, @ Indiana, vs. Penn St.
Steady, reliable, hard working player who has been willing to do what it takes to win football games, even if it isn't flashy. His skillset doesn't seem to limit his upside to be used more as a weapon at the next level. Strong blocking and great hands provide him a high floor as a primary blocking Y TE even if he doesn't develop into more than what he is.
A limited athlete based on the tape. noting particularly detrimental to him in the NFL but no special traits. Low usage in the passing game makes almost everything about his receiving upside at the next level a projection.
Projects best as a blocking Y tight end at the next level. At his absolute floor he can be a productive blocker for a team with an established receiving threat at the TE position, allowing them to run more 12 personell and get size on the field without compromising the passing game. His upside is clear, as more usage and reps in the passing game may unlock his potential in that area.
Not a plus athlete by any means. Nothing special shows up on tape, isn't particularly explosive off the snap, long speed isn't scary by any means. He isn't snapping off routes using athleticism, but more of providing a safe option. No true athletic traits to bet on.
Big Play Ability
Spacing & Timing
His experience running routes is marginal in terms of tree and ability. He definitely isn't a threat to go beat a man in man coverage, but is best suited as a smart reliable TE who can find space in a zone and sit there to present an easy target for the QB. He simply wasn't asked to do much in Ohio State's receiving game, but when called upon he delivered. Has made some big time catches and definitely shows some strong mitts at the catch point. He won't climb the ladder every play and be an athletic freak show, but his highlight catches are some of the best in this class
He has more experience as a blocker than as a receiver. Is a reliable blocker in the running game and is extremely physical and competitive. He can seal edges, combo block and move up to the next level, take LBs out of the play and do anything asked of him in the run game. Plenty of effort but the technique isn't lacking either, with over 850 blocking snaps in his collegiate career and only 5 penalties.
Blocking in Space
Is competitive as all hell and will play physical. Plays physical when blocking and when going up strong for the ball. I would love for him to be able to harness that physicality against man coverage in routes, as well as after the catch.
Aggression & Toughness
Catch Point Mentality
Instincts against zone coverage is solid but just use as a receiver is criminally underdeveloped in general. He was used in multiple positions at Ohio State as a Y, F and a H, but it was more of "he lined up in these spots" and not "he won in different ways from these spots.