Eric Saubert NFL Draft 2017: Scouting Report for Atlanta Falcons' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 29, 2017

Drake tight end Eric Saubert runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Pro Day Results
HeightWeight40 Time3-ConeShort Shuttle
6'5"253 lbs4.67s7.29sN/A

 

POSITIVES

One of the more impressive tight ends in the class on the hoof, Eric Saubert looks the part at 6'5" and 253 pounds with 33 ½” arms and the strength to rep out 225 pounds 22 times. Saubert has impressive straight-line speed and can attack the defense down the field. He's a touchdown machine with excellent vision with the ball in his hands. He's athletic attacking the ball and makes the difficult catch away from his body and in the air. A very good athlete, Saubert can be developed into something solid. 

 

NEGATIVES

Saubert's hands are a weakness—and that's not great when your job is to catch the football. He's a classic "move" tight end and has big hands (10 ⅜”), but he struggles to make clean catches. As a blocker, he doesn't make much of an impact. He doesn't want to be involved in the run game and needs to be kept wide away from the formation. He's a glorified wide receiver. Saubert's routes need refined, but there he has the athleticism to show progress. He has to learn to play to his size.
 

 

PRO COMPARISON: Jace Amaro, Tennessee Titans

FINAL GRADE: 5.10/9.00 (Backup Caliber—Round 7)

 

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