2019: Wake Forest, 2020: Notre Dame
Runs very clean routes and does a nice job creating space over the middle of the field. He blocks better on runs when allowed to anchor, but still struggles. Has a good catch radius and hauls in most catches in his area. Goes to the ball and doesn't wait for it to come to him. As a receiver, he's very versatile and can set up anywhere on the line of scrimmage and run his full route tree.
Often fails to find blockers in space and when he does, he struggles to get set before meeting them. Has no idea where to place his hand, and usually goes to high up inside on the shoulder, allowing the defender to come underneath or around him with ease. Doesn't play physical enough for being a tight end, can get held up at the line by big-bodied linebackers. Slightly undersized arms and hands for a tight end and doesn't have the biggest frame, which is worsened when he plays stiff on some catches.
Gray saw a major drop in production from 2019 to 2020. He started off 2020 well but slowed down, with just 10 catches over his final 6 games. Aside from production issues (in a struggling Duke offense), his biggest concern by far is his blocking, and he needs a lot of work with both physicality and technique in that area. He has some brights spots and can be physical on inside runs. He also possesses some nice vision to find blockers, it's where he has to meet them that he struggles the most. However, he still has upside as a receiving tight end and has nice skills with the ball in his hands. He's mart receiver and can create space on most routes, and is considerably effective with the ball. Due to his talents in the receiving department, he will definitely get a look from several teams. He's a later day three pick, but he is appealing to any squad that needs yardage and can afford to take time and try to develop his blocking skills.
Big Play Ability
Spacing & Timing
Blocking in Space
Aggression & Toughness
Catch Point Mentality