School: Notre Dame | Position: TE | Height: 6040 | Weight: 260 | Forty: 4.59 | Class: 2015

Hometown: Oil City, PA | Year: Senior | Projection: 3rd Round | Pro Comparisons: Owen Daniels/John Carlson/Anthony Fasano/Jake Ballard

PROS

  • Well-rounded tight end who is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Has been asked to line up at end, split out wide, h-back, fullback, often runs in motion prior to the snap—has done everything the coaching staff has asked him to do and has done it well.
  • Excellent finishing blocker who knows how to seal holes and gives max effort every play. Equally impressive in pass block, run block and blocking in space.
  • Great hands. Makes the big play catch. Can run the seam, come down with jump balls in the end zone and shows an upside to evolving as a pass catcher. Above average athleticism.
  • Strong fundamentals. Good hand placement, pad level, footwork mechanics. Solid route-runner. Understands his job assignments and responsibilities.
  • Leadership. Has made it a personal priority to spend extra time with his underclassmen teammates to help groom them along.

CONS

  • Unfortunately, despite possessing all the necessary tools to be a top-level tight end, he has never been able to put it all together. Was beaten out for the starting tight end job three years in a row (Tyler Eifert/Troy Niklas).
  • Needs to turn his flashes into steady, consistent performance. Has been underwhelming since being tabbed a blue chip prospect/number one tight end in the nation coming out of high school.

QUOTE

“I think that just the way he’s coming every day, prepared, ready to go, watching the film before we watch the film as a unit, talking to the guys, talking to [sophomore tight end] Mike Heuerman, going out and eating with those guys, and just showing them how to be Notre Dame football players, and specifically Notre Dame tight ends, and the expectations that are put on us on a day-in, day-out basis, so in all those facets, he’s been doing a better job, and he’ll continue to grow.” --Notre Dame Tight End Coach Scott Booker

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