As the 2014 NFL Draft draws near, let’s take a look at Pac-12 prospect Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Seferian-Jenkins is listed as oe of the top 50 prospects entering this year’s draft. At 6’-6” and 262 pounds Seferian-Jenkins is a terror at the tight-end position. As a junior coming out of the University of Washington he already holds the school records for career catches (110), receiving yards (1,390) and touchdowns (13) by a tight end after just two collegiate seasons. He won the John Mackey award as the nation’s top tight end in 2013.
Still he is considered the third best tight end of the draft behind Eric Ebron from North Carolina and Jace Amaro coming out of Texas Tech. Ebron and Amaro are ranked 13th and 33rd respectively. Of the group however Seferian-Jenkins is considered to have the best hands as well as the best blocking ability. He is projected to be drafted in the second round. Here are his prospects:
There are a lot of teams that will consider taking Seferian-Jenkins late in the first round or early in the second round. The Packers could look at Seferian-Jenkins as a replacement for Jermichael Finley, but Green Bay is more focused on drafting for its defense. If Seferian-Jenkins is to fall second-round though, the Packers might trade up for him.
Heath Miller is declining with the Steelers, and Pittsburgh will consider a tight-end early. Baltimore also may want another receiving tight-end if one is the best passing weapon available. Both AFC North teams would probably have to trade up for Seferian-Jenkins in the second round.
In the AFC East, all four teams could be potential landing spots for Seferian-Jenkins. Buffalo needs a receiving tight end for its offense, so the Bills could target Seferian-Jenkins with their second-round pick if they pass on Eric Ebron in the first round. Miami could use a tight end to pair with Charles Clay, but the Dolphins probably need to use their first-round pick elsewhere. Seferian-Jenkins is unlikely to reach their second-round pick.
The Jets need to add some weapons for Geno Smith, and a receiving tight end like Seferian-Jenkins would provide a nice security blanket for Smith. The Jets would have to move up for him in the second round. The Giants could be a fit as well in the second-round.
The Patriots really missed Aaron Hernandez last year, while Rob Gronkowski is becoming more and more injury prone. New England's offense could really use a player like Seferian-Jenkins, and he would be an appropriate value late in the first round. Seferian-Jenkins is a nice fit for the Patriots' offense.
Houston could take Seferian-Jenkins with the 33rd pick overall. If the Texans decide to select a quarterback in the first round, it would make sense to target Seferian-Jenkins to fill the tight-end role in Bill O'Brien's offense.
Atlanta needs to replace Tony Gonzalez at the tight-end position. If Seferian-Jenkins falls to the second-round, he could easily land with Falcons.
A lot of action and possibilities for a strong candidate like Seferian-Jenkins. Just one of the many exciting draft scenarios to watch starting this Thursday, May 8th.
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