When you get the label "The most dynamic tight end at Oklahoma since Keith Jackson," you pretty much know your going to do just fine in the NFL Draft.
With April fast approaching, and many teams shifting their focus toward quarterback issues, Oklahoma Sooners tight end Jermaine Gresham is funnily enough one of the most underrated players heading into the 2010 NFL Draft.
After a sound but dismal year performance wise with the Sooners, Jermaine felt the pinch of barely experiencing any success, after his beloved Sooners took stumble after stumble on their way to a convincing but hardly well earned win over Stanford in the El Paso Sun Bowl.
However, that is in the past, and we must shift our focus to the present. After researching the possibilities that Jermaine Gresham has in front of him, I came across an array of answers that were simply way too difficult to narrow down to one.
NFL.com has Jermaine predicted to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals, while other sports sources are mentioning teams in the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. Whichever way you prefer to look at it, it doesn't seem likely that Jermaine will be signing with a blockbuster type team any time soon.
Fortunately though for Gresham, this will suit him just fine. When deciding what college program to enrol in, Jermaine had a tough choice between Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, or Miami. After careful consideration, Jermaine came back with the statement of "USC is too Hollywood for me," and that may prove true in the NFL as well.
As for speculation, well the sky is the limit. When looking at all 32 teams that could really do with a strong, solid, and well built tight end, a handful of options emerge. With the 2009 season now well behind us, watching tape of the struggling teams is the only way to go to really understand who could do with some quarterback protection and sure hands that Jermaine packs in every drive he faces.
After elaborating for a while now though, I think the best option for Jermaine Gresham would be the Kansas City Chiefs. After all the hype was over, and Oklahoma sunk to an embarrassing low in 2009, so did Gresham's overall presence and reputation. Once known as one of the best tight ends in the nation, his name now lacks the once "scary" attitude it brought with itself years ago.
Therefore, maybe a quiet team that doesn't draw too much media attention is the way to go for Jermaine. Thinking about it now, it may be the only way to go for Jermaine. With young but talented quarterback Matt Cassel at the helm, and head coach Todd Haley gaining more and more control as the games pile on, the Chiefs are becoming more stable and balanced, particularly in the passing game.
Blocking has never been a key issue for the Chiefs, but it is something that Jermaine could help with. Hands and blocks, are basically the arsenal that Gresham equips himself with, and when the going gets tough, short intermediate routes to the experienced rookie could pay dividends for the Chiefs.
In a town that loves their hometown heroes, and supports the red and white with such passion, Arrowhead Stadium may feel just like Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in a matter of time.
As for Gresham's pick in the draft, your guess is as good as mine. Some people have him in the top 10, while others have ranked him at around the 36th overall.
Gresham's talent has been criticised, but it shouldn't matter in the long run. The NFL is a certainty, and whichever team does wind up with him, they will certainly be better off. Let's just wait and see what unfolds, it's guaranteed to be interesting.