2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top tight end prospects and we are focusing our attention on Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins today.
A Northwest high school star, Seferain-Jenkins committed to the University of Washington and made an immediate impact as a true freshman. He continued his stellar play for the Huskies during his sophomore season finishing with 69 catches for 850 yards and 7 touchdowns but was unable to replicate his stellar underclassmen years and struggled last season — 36 catches for 500 yards — in Washington’s new uptempo offense. Still, Seferain-Jenkins is a highly sought after prospect due to his ideal size, long arms and soft hands and will likely hear his name called in the middle of the 2nd round
Impressive Athlete: Has the ideal frame for a tight end, long arms and big hands, decent speed, too fast for most linebackers and too big for most defensive backs but is more fluid than explosive.
Gets Open: Understands where the soft spots are in zone coverage, uses his size to box out smaller defenders, good route runner that gets in and out of his break well, soft hands and is adept and hauling in contested throws.
Speed: Lacks the speed to threaten teams down the seam, isn’t a dynamic player in the open field, will be struggle to separate from defenders in the NFL and is better suited as a security blanket instead of a vertical threat.
Finesse Player: For such a big and strong player ASJ plays with an alarming amount of finesse, can be pushed around by stronger pass rushers and looks to elude or out run defenders instead of using his size to run over them.
Overall: Seferian-Jenkins entered the University of Washington with extremely high expectations due to his local roots and incredible athleticism. After his first 2 seasons in Seattle Seferian-Jenkins has seemingly lived up to his potential and was on track to become a 1st round NFL Draft pick. But during his junior season it became obvious that Seferian-Jenkins is more of a possession player than a vertical threat. Simply put, his lack of top end speed limits his ceiling and his draft stock significantly as the NFL has become obsessed with the Jimmy Graham-esque vertical threats from the tight end position. Despite that limitation, Seferian-Jenkins was extremely productive at UW and has the skill set to a reliable pass catch tight end in the NFL, so some team will likely call his name during the 2nd round.
Prediction: Mid 2nd Round
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