Scouting Report: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State

Wharton, FL |  6045 | 225 | 4.56E | 2019

Auden Tate is a super sized wide receiver that possesses the ball skills and after the catch running ability that makes him a real threat to any defense. He has prototype length and bulk for the position but also appears to have enough functional speed to gain separation from a variety of corners. Tate busted on the scene as a sophomore after a making a lot of noise in the spring game with two touchdowns, he followed that up by finishing second on the team in 2016 with six receiving touchdowns. He was in a crowded receiver corps last year but will be the focal point of the Seminoles offense this season along with teammate Nyqwan Murray. Tate projects as a Brandon Marshall type receiver that can use his big body to shield defenders from the ball and he will consistently win in jump ball situations because of his natural length and excellent ball skills. While most will compare him to former Seminoles receiver Kelvin Benjamin, we would argue that Tate has better top end speed and more after the catch moves in his arsenal. While he has flown under the radar of the national media, Tate has won over evaluators with his ability to get open and run after the catch elusiveness in the open field-there is no telling how high his draft stock could escalate. 

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2016: Developed into a standout red-zone threat in his first season of extended playing time, finishing second on the team with six touchdown receptions…totaled 25 receptions for 409 yards…his 16.4 yards-per-catch average led the Seminoles and ranked 10th in the ACC.

2015: Played in six games during his first season at Florida State…made his collegiate debut against Texas State…slowed by an injury during the early part of the season but saw playing time against Miami before missing the next four games…appeared in the final four games of the season seeing action against NC State, Chattanooga, Florida and Houston in the Peach Bowl…earned Offensive Most Improved Player honors following the 2016 spring season.

High School/Personal: Tall and athletic four-star wide receiver who committed to Florida State in August of 2014…rated the nation’s No. 22 wide receiver, No. 32 prospect in Florida and No. 194 overall player in the country by Rivals in the 2015 recruiting class…tabbed the No. 23 wide receiver, No. 30 player in Florida and No. 219 overall prospect by 247Sports…ranked the nation’s No. 44 wide receiver by Scout and No. 77 by ESPN…listed at No. 7 on the Tampa Bay Times Home Team Top 25 Recruits for 2015…missed the majority of his senior season with an injury, but did have 11 catches for 123 yards and snagged a fourth-quarter interception in his third game of the season…totaled 49 receptions for 815 yards and five touchdowns in 2013 en route to Class 8A All-State honorable mention accolades and Tampa Bay Times All-Suncoast honorable mention honors…attended Nike’s ‘The Opening’ prospect camp in Oregon…also an all-county selection in basketball…chose FSU over Michigan and also received offers from Florida, Clemson and Maryland among several others…born February 3, 1997…majoring in social science.

Joe Everett

Joe Everett is the Director of College Scouting for NFL Draft Bible, he is the Founder of DraftScouts.com, also the Lead Editor & Defensive Statistician for Insider Football and member of the PFWA & FWAA.

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