The Seam. Part V.
Great goal line blocker. Great hand placement on blocks. Elite natural hands. He can snag the pass with LBs on both side ready to kill him, and the ball just melts in his hands like a chocolate egg (and yes I was watching film on Easter;). Great
heavy hands. He is the best blocking tight end in this Draft. He is a true
tight end, and not an H-back in any sense of the word.
What makes him great are his explosive legs from an inline position. He explodes off the line like
a wrecking ball in the run game, and is
fastest in pattern in the first five yards on his release from an inline position. Otherwise he is not nearly as explosive, fast, or has a great burst with his leg
once they straighten out.
But he has more explosion off the inline position than
any TE in this Draft.
He might be a number two TE only. He gets ignored by defenses in the passing game sometimes. Runs good patterns, but just doesn't have the speed to consistently make trouble for the defense in the passing game. Pats should be able to get him
in the 3rd.
Mean and nasty road grader who takes his
blocking assignment to heart, and
visibly panics when he misses his assignment. If the Pats don't take TE in
the 1st, I'd like them take Ian Thomas in the 2nd, or Shultz at the end of
the 3rd. He is a do everything kind of tight
end that BB loves. And especially because he is best blocker of the TEs, and obsessive about his assignments on every play.
He is the elite inline blocker in this Draft.
Phenomenal explosion off
the snap allows him to crash the DE inside, and trip up other defenders trying to
get outside to Love. Not sure he'll ever be a true number one, because of speed, but he will make a top number two TE. Excellent burst off the line blocking and running patterns, but he doesn't have
great long speed, and even seems to quickly slow down after initial burst off the line.
Great physical blocker.
He pancaked more DLs and LBs inline than any tight end I ever saw. He is one of the rare TEs who can block two guys on one play. He plays with some serious nasty in the run
game. He lines up inline and blocks in line as well. But he will also line up in the slot standing up. He has
okay speed going down the seam for a TE. But he is not going out run anyone, but he moves well for a TE.
is a good blocker, and a bit of a trouble maker. Not a lot of speed. He
can get over physical and play through the whistle a little too much.
But most NFL teams love that. Love his hands. He is a natural hands
will also line up the slot. He can get
open on the break inside in a post pattern from the Seam. I like his burst
out of break in pattern to create some separation.
has an odd Rip
release off the line that gets him physically into pattern through the DE,
and slows his rush as well.
He is a good receiver sneaking out wide off the line. Terrific
blocker. You can see him do every kind a block you want a TE to do
in the NFL on Tape. He can really snag the ball. He has some nice moves off the
line to get into pattern. He is a true tight end who
lines up inline, blocks inline, and runs patterns from inline.
gets out quick on the OLB blocking. Nice
natural hands. He has no trouble catch the ball a little behind with his
arms extended. He is terrific
Redzone target. Ouch! He is a great mean and nasty blocker. He can make every kind
of block you need. He looks like a TE, but he blocks in the run game like
a 3rd Tackle.
I thought he was a little overrated. He was inconsistent when I watched him. He can go up high in
the endzone, and snag the high lob. He looks like a natural athlete. No trouble catching the ball over his head down the seam. He kept his hands high and tight in blocking drill. No drop in 2nd gauntlet. Smooth hands catcher in gantlet. Nice sharp cut on
the In. Great feet on comeback. He can track the deep ball, and catch it
had great leg explosion numbers in the Broad Jump and Vertical Leap.
7-seconds flat 3-Cone and a 4.4 SS are great numbers for the best blocking
Tight End in this Draft. Plus, I though he showed those quickness number
in breaks in patterns. He does not get open with speed. But he does use
some quick breaks to create some separation in patterns.
blocker. Watch him block down on the DE, knock him off his feet sideways,
and then continue to the second level to block the LB. Not
many TEs can make that double block. None in this Draft (:01). He has a quick
release off the line into pattern (:08). But he is an inline blocker
first (:15). He chipped the hip, but missed the block. However,
his man did not make the play. I love how he is on the ground trying to
crab his way up with his eyes on his assignment furious that he missed the
used his great burst off the line to take violent advantage in run game. Watch
him not just pancake the DE, but pancake him inside on the outside run,
and create a great traffic jam inside. You cannot block inline better than
that (:29). Not great hand placement (:38). But watch the
great fight on the edge that eventually allowed Love to get outside. That is
the kind of obsessive blocker that BB loves.
is the best two defender block I have seen from a TE, ever. Watch him get inside
position on the DE, and half block, half get in the way, and half rip past
him to the 2nd level so he can block the LB (:46). He will also
line up as an H-back. He gets across the line okay, but speed will always
be a bit of a problem in the NFL (:54). He has great soft hands,
and has no trouble looking back to catch the ball thrown behind him.
pattern. He showed some quick feet, and had a nice break inside. But you can
see the defense really ignored him in the passing game (1:08).
release, where he seemed to awkwardly double start off the line (1:16).
He has a great burst off the line when lines up inline. Nice pattern to
weave through the defenders (1:24).
outside from inline blocking position (1:32).
He put the OLB on skates off his initial explosion, but couldn't sustain
the momentum once the burst wore off. His eliteness is all about his initial
leg explosion. Otherwise he is a Number Two TE.
lateral quicks into a nice shoulder block. He does have some agility
moving outside (1:40).
block with arms extended out in space to give Love the outside lane (1:49).
I really like how he runs that In pattern from the slot (1:58).
Great goal line blocker (2:10). Watch
how he used his inline leg explosion to take the legs out of two big DLs. That
was the best goal line block by a tight end I ever saw.
seal block, and even though Love went inside he still held on (2:15). Nice
initial burst off the line. I like how he leaned into the LB outside, and
then broke inside to get wide open (2:31).
That was a little better speed down the seam (2:38). Even
better speed down the seam (2:47).
Another great block (2:54). I
love this block. He goes low and almost knocked the LB off his feet. Then
they both got up, and Schultz grabbed him and blocked him again. He is obsessive
about his blocking assignments.
run too slow (3:14). He
got to the second level. Found someone to block. Great hand placement.
Great grip on shirt to hold the block (3:29). Nice
backside block, sort of (3:35).
inline pop and seal (3:56). He
will miss sometimes. But he blocks through the whistle, and went obsessively back for that third and forth attempt to block (4:04). He
is just not going to get a lot of passes thrown his way (4:11). But
he can run patterns to get himself open (especially when he is ignored by
has some burst on breaks inside. And if you throw it to him he will catch
it, even with an LB in his face looking to do him harm. Then he will fight
like a bulldog for the First (4:23). Nice
block on the safety on the 3rd level. That is not an easy block for a TE (4:39). He
is an excellent Redzone receiver (4:46). But
he is an even better Redzone blocker. Can you say "pancake"?
initial pop, then turns, pivots, and seals in pass pro (5:01). Great
pop up in outside seal block (5:08). Great
seal block on the 2nd level (5:15). Great
grip on the LB on 2nd level. He sustained the block that sprung Love outside
for a long time (5:20). He
is the best blocking TE I have ever seen.
receiver in the Redzone. See how he clamped on in play action, and then
released the LB to go get the QB. That is a great play action pattern for
a TE (6:14). Elite
reaction to the ball in the air, and ball skills. That is an impossible TD
catch right there. How he got that hand under the ball and curled it up
I'll never know. But that was a TD catch, and replay did prove it. That
was the best TD catch from last season that no one ever saw. He is a
great Redzone receiving threat. 'Nuff said.
a Senior (2017)
All-Pac-12 first team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team
John Mackey Award watch list
13 games played
22 receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns
Two catches for 41 yards vs. Rice
Two catches for seven yards, including one-yard touchdown at USC
One catch for 16 yards at San Diego State
Three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown vs. UCLA
Three catches for 46 yards vs. Arizona State
Three catches for 29 yards at Utah
One catch for eight yards vs. Oregon
Two catches for 19 yards at Oregon State
Two catches for 15 yards, including 12-yard touchdown vs. Notre Dame
One catch for eight yards vs. USC (Pac-12 Championship Game)
Two catches for eight yards vs. TCU (Alamo Bowl)
a Junior (2016)
All-Pac-12 honorable mention
Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team
Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason first team
John Mackey Award watch list
13 games played
23 catches for 222 yards and one touchdown
One catch for eight yards vs. Kansas State
Two catches for 20 yards vs. USC
catches for 24 yards at Washington
Two catches for 12 yards vs. Washington State
catch for 17 yards at Notre Dame
catches for 15 yards vs. Colorado
Two catches for 17 yards at Arizona
catch for two yards vs. Oregon State
Four catches for 38 yards at Oregon
One catch for nine yards at Cal
Two catches for 41 yards vs. Rice
Two catches for 19 yards vs. North Carolina (Sun Bowl)
a Sophomore (2015) Game-by-Game
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
14 games played
10 catches for 121 yards and one touchdown
One catch for six yards at Northwestern in career debut
Three catches for 40 yards at USC
One catch for 22 yards vs. Washington
Two kick returns for 38 yards at Washington State
Two catches for eight yards, six-yard touchdown catch at Colorado
One catch for 17 yards vs. Oregon
One catch for 22 yards vs. Notre Dame
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