For all of the great work that John Idzik and company did during the NFL draft last weekend, one position that they neglected to address was tight end. However, they did so on a couple of occasions with the UDFA’s, and we are going to take a look at one of them this morning. This morning, we take a look at Boston College Alum, Chris Pantale.
He’s a tall guy, measuring in at 6’5″, 254 pounds. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.99 seconds at the NFL combine. Here is his complete profile from the combine.
Here is some “All-22″ video on Chris Pantale for your enjoyment:
PROS: His size jumps out at you right away. Imagine a 6’5″ target finding that soft spot in the zone. No matter who the quarterback is, they will find him. He also has absolutely no fear going over the middle. Did you see some of the shots he took? Talk about taking a licking and keep on ticking! That’s an asset to a quarterback if I ever saw one. He’s got good hands as well.
CONS: I don’t see a polished route runner here. Part of it is the BC offense, part of it is him. He is more of a guy finding the soft spot and sitting. There is nothing wrong with that, but he just isn’t a great route runner. He also doesn’t have a great deal of experience as a pass catcher, again partially due to the offense he played in. Look at his stats above, he is not exactly prolific.
He does commit to blocking, which will serve him well. He projects as a decent pass catcher that can block as well. He certainly will get his shot to make this team, and we wish him luck.