Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Scouting the NFL Draft: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Tonight, we continue to look at potential prospects for the New York Jets in the NFL draft. This time we spotlight on a player who has become noted as the second tight end on the board. Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington.

He measures at 6’5″, and weighs 262 pounds. He only performed the bench press at the NFL combine, putting in 20 reps.

Here are his stats while at Washington:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2011 Washington Pac-12 JR TE 13 41 538 13.1 6 41 538 13.1 6
*2012 Washington Pac-12 JR TE 13 69 852 12.3 7 69 852 12.3 7
*2013 Washington Pac-12 JR TE 12 36 450 12.5 8 36 450 12.5 8
Career Washington 146 1840 12.6 21 146 1840 12.6 21

Just looking at his stats shows a guy that has a nose for the endzone, which is a great trait for the next level. Here is some video:

PROS: And when you watch the tape, his nose from the endzone is clear. It’s as if there is a magnet pulling him towards the goalline and it doesn’t stop until he gets there. He’s also got excellent hands, he doesn’t seem to drop anything. His height will make him a great target up the seam at the next level.

CONS: Here are the negatives from the NFL profile:

Could stand to sculpt his physique and get functionally stronger. Work in progress as an in-line blocker. Not an explosive athlete. Ordinary release. Builds to speed. Tight hips. Does not pop out of breaks. Limited elusiveness after the catch. Receptions and yards fell off by nearly 50 percent as a junior. Character and stability need to be looked into.

That last sentence may cause John Idzik and company some pause. Personally I thought his releases from the line were actually pretty good, and he did gain YAC when necessary. Maybe he isn’t elusive but he can take a hit and keep going.

If the character checks out, the Jets could do a lot worse than drafting this guy.

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