Jake Stoneburner: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Ohio State TE

Alessandro Miglio@@AlexMiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

Jake Stoneburner: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Ohio State TE

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    Jake Stoneburner. With a name like that, nothing more need be said. No matter what happens to him during the draft, he is already a winner.

    The Ohio State tight end doesn't figure to be a Day 1 or 2 pick, but he could sneak in with a team in the later rounds. Here are five things you should know about him.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: Jake Stoneburner

    Birthday: August 25, 1989

    Hometown: Dublin, Ohio

    School: Ohio State

    Year: Senior

    Twitter: @STONEYeleven

     

    Stoneburner was on fire in high school, catching 74 passes for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. Those are eye-popping numbers that eclipsed his career total with the Buckeyes.

Collegiate Stats

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    The tight end position isn't exactly a big NFL producer out of Ohio State. Jake Stoneburner wasn't exactly a big producer with the Buckeyes. That doesn't bode well.

    He had a total of 53 catches throughout his career, just three more than Tyler Eifert had all of last season. While production isn't a great indicator of next-level success, Stoneburner didn't exactly endear himself to the draft community with his meager output.

     

    Offense

    Year Rec Yds Avg TD
    2009 2 30 15 0
    2010 21 222 10.6 2
    2011 14 193 13.8 7
    2012 16 269 16.8 4
    Career 53 714 13.5 13

Draft Porcess

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 242 lbs.

    Arm Length: 32 1/4"

    Hand Size: 9 3/8"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds (top performer)

    225-pound bench press: 18 reps

    Broad jump: 116.0 inches 

    Vertical jump: 34.5 inches 

    Three-cone drill: 7.12 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.27 seconds (top performer)

    60-yard shuttle: 11.50 seconds (top performer)

     

    Jake Stoneburner showed off his athleticism at the combine, a reason he could be attractive to some teams with a late-round pick. Despite a lackluster college career, Stoneburner can be an H-back/joker-type at the next level.

Making a Name for Himself

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    You would think a guy with the name Jake Stoneburner would be more well known. Despite a lackluster college career, that name kind of sticks with you.

    His relative invisibility at Ohio State begat his relative obscurity, however. What is in store for him at the next level (via Sigmund Bloom at Bleacher Report)?

    Ohio State is not an easy place for a receiving tight end to make a name for himself, so even an iconic name like Jake Stoneburner was not well-known in college circles.Stoneburner didn't have a lot of opportunities, but when he did get targeted, he showed signs of skills that could lead a decent career in NFL. See the story onStoneburner that the stats don't tell.

    This is a good time for a player like Stoneburner to come into the league. His versatility and speed will help him find a role as a "joker" tight end in a multi-faceted pass offense.

Observations

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    Relative obscurity means Jake Stoneburner hasn't gotten a lot of love on social media. Here is a smattering of Tweets about the big tight end:

     

    On the other hand, Jake Stoneburner has some potential. Some. I guess.

    — Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) April 21, 2013

     

    You win some you lose some... Oh wait we didn't lose! twitter.com/STONEYeleven/s…

    — Jake Stoneburner (@STONEYeleven) April 11, 2013

     

    Jake Stoneburner/Ohio St also had a solid showing and ran 4.65. Chris Gragg ran 4.50, but has a WR-like build. Matt Furstenberg/Md ran 4.57.

    — Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) February 23, 2013

     

    Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner has 3 receiving TDs today. Prior to today's game, Stoneburner had 2 TDs for his career in two seasons.

    — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 3, 2011