Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington #88
Size/Athleticism: Elite size. He has the height to be a threat as a possession receiver. Overall size makes him a well balanced tight end with the ability to impact the game as a receiver and as a dominant blocker on the line of scrimmage. Modest speed and quickness limits his ability for big plays.
Separation Skills: Speed is average at best and he’s not a threat to break away down the field. But he does have the size to be a threat in jump ball situations. He isn’t explosive, so he’ll struggle to get open in certain matchups when the defender is willing and capable of pressing him at the line of scrimmage. He rarely faced a man-to-man matchup in college that wasn’t in his favor, but he will face some linebackers at the next level who can shut him down in the passing game.
Ball Skills: Very reliable hands. When he’s in position, he comes down with the ball. Should be more successful winning 50-50 balls than he’s shown. He has the size to dominate, but he isn’t very aggressive. Inconsistent body control along the sidelines. Doesn’t always put himself in the best position to come down with the ball.
Blocking: Possesses the size to dominate. Can mix it up with defensive linemen and hold his own. Awareness on the field is lacking at times. Seems to lack the ability to process the defense quickly. He gets lost in space and doesn’t make quick decisions in terms of his blocking assignments.
Intangibles: Serious character concerns. Arrested for a DUI after crashing his car in March, 2013. Effort has been questioned by many throughout his career.
Durability: Under went surgery on his finger in August, 2013.
Comments: Seferian-Jenkins has the potential to be an effective well-rounded tight end. He isn’t a flashy playmaker, but his size gives him the potential to excel in all facets of the game. He reminds me somewhat of Martellus Bennett. Like Bennett, he lacks the explosive playmaking ability to be a star but his size could make him one of the most well-rounded tight ends in the league. Character concerns linger which must be addressed, but he’s stayed out of the news since his DUI arrest and most teams should be willing to look past it if interviews go well.