Austin Seferian-Jenkins NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bucs TE

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2014

Oct 13, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) catches a pass during the second half against the USC Trojans at CenturyLink Field. Southern California defeated Washington 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (HT: 6'5", WT: 262 lbs)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Second Round: 38th Pick

NFL Comparison: Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmsHands
605026233 3/4"9 3/4"
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Combine Workout
40-Yard DashBench PressVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone Drill
DNP20DNPDNPDNP
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Positives: 

  • Elite size and overall build. By comparison, Rob Gronkowski was 6'6" and 258 pounds at the 2010 combine.
  • Impressive overall athleticism for his size.
  • A tough runner after the catch who can break tackles to pick up extra yardage. 
  • Very reliable hands and consistently comes down with the ball whenever he's in position to make the play. 
  • Has the skills to develop into an elite possession receiver with improved field awareness due to the fact that very few linebackers can match him with his athleticism and size.
  • A strong in-line blocker who can even handle himself in one-on-one matchups against smaller edge-rushers. 
  • Has the size and athleticism to continue to develop as a blocker. 
  • Blend of size and athleticism gives him the potential to develop into one of the few well-rounded tight ends in the league.

 

 

Negatives: 

  • Athleticism is impressive for his size, but it's only modest by today's standard of pass-catching tight ends. 
  • Speed is average at best, limiting his ability after the catch.
  • Too big and not enough agility to make guys miss in the open field. 
  • Takes awhile to build up speed, limiting his ability to fight through press coverage from physical linebackers. 
  • Inconsistent body control when positioning himself for contested catches. 
  • Doesn't always put himself in the best position to box out defenders in jump-ball situations and relies too much on his size to recover against smaller defensive backs and linebackers. 
  • Should have been more successful battling for 50/50 balls than he was in college despite rarely facing defenders who can match his size and athleticism. 
  • Inconsistent body control along the sideline and loses some opportunities due to awkward steps and an inability to go up for the ball and come down clean. 
  • Seems to struggle processing the defensive movement on the field.
  • Slow to react when blocking on the move and often gets lost and misses assignments. 
  • Underwent surgery on his finger in August, 2013.
  • Forced to sit out of combine drills when medical check found a stress fracture in his foot—underwent surgery immediately following combine.

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2011Washington4153813.16
2012Washington6985212.37
2013Washington3645012.58
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Personal Notes

  • Arrested on DUI charges after getting into a car accident in March, 2013. 
  • Won the 2013 John Mackey Award.
  • Briefly played basketball at Washington during the 2011 season. 

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Seferian-Jenkins has the potential to develop into an extremely well-rounded tight end, which is becoming a rare breed in today's NFL. His combination of size and athleticism is comparable to guys like Marcedes Lewis and Martellus Bennett. But while his ceiling is high, a significant amount of development is still needed. The biggest concern is his lack of awareness when blocking on the move. His technique can be fixed, but if he struggles processing the movement around him, that may be an area he will continue to struggle with, which will severely limit his ability to excel as a blocker at the next level.

 

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round