Jacob Pedersen NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2014

Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen (48) catches a touchdown pass with Oregon State's Rashaad Reynolds (16) defending during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Jacob Pedersen, TE, Wisconsin (HT: 6'3½" WT: 238)



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  • A versatile weapon who was used as an in-line tight end, H-back and in the slot. 
  • Height and weight will limit the teams interested in him, but his size and athleticism are ideal for an H-back or a flex tight end in certain systems. 
  • Uses leverage to hold his ground against bigger lineman in pass-protection. 
  • Does a great job getting to the second level as a blocker—locates assignments quickly and takes efficient angles to get into position.
  • Reliable possession receiver on short routes with good hands. 
  • Excels as a receiver when working against zone coverage—does a great job finding the soft spot.
  • A reliable check-down option who does a nice job working back to the quarterback and fighting to get open when the initial play breaks down. 
  • Shows great body control adjusting to poorly placed and difficult to handle passes.
  • Has experience on the kickoff coverage team. 
  • Three-year starter with plenty of experience against top competition and has remained durable throughout his career.
  • A tough competitor who was always willing to do the little things for the team—despite limited stats, he played a crucial role in Wisconsin's offense the past three seasons.


  • Lacking measurables in all areas: less than idea height, lacks ideal weight, short arms and small hands. 
  • Certain teams won't have a use for him based on his measurables and their minimum requirements for a tight end in their system. 
  • Delivers a strong initial pop as a blocker but lacks the strength to sustain. 
  • Not a punishing blocker and will occasionally get overpowered by more physical defensive linemen and linebackers.
  • Lack of height and limited leaping ability gives him very little value as a possession receiver down the field in 50/50 situations. 
  • Struggles to fight through the junk at times trying to break free from from the in-line or H-back position.
  • Lacks the speed to stretch the field vertically. 
  • When he is asked to run intermediate or deep routes, his cuts are choppy
  • Not a serious threat after the catch—capable of breaking an occasional tackle but doesn't have the quick feet to make defenders miss and doesn't have breakaway speed. 
Collegiate Statistics

Personal Notes

  • First-team All-Big Ten in as a junior, and honorable mention as a sophomore and senior. 
  • Mackey award semi-finalist in 2011.
  • Helped lead high school team to two state championships. 
  • Also played defensive back in high school and was conference defensive player of the year. 


Ratings Chart

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Pedersen's measurables will cause him to be removed from some draft boards. However, he has the tools to play a very specific role as an H-back or a flex tight end and his experience in that role could make him an intriguing prospect for certain teams. He may be limited to a backup job, but in the right system he can certainly play a valuable role due to his specific skill set. 

Draft Projections: 5th-6th Round