I’m done digesting the entire 2014 NFL combine. I’m getting antsy for May. I sat with a notepad & took shorthand notes. I had the benefit of replay. I was also watching exclusively with the Jaguars’ needs in mind. There will be some evaluations of established players. Ones I liked and some that disappointed. I also project those who moved up my board, those who got on my board because they impressed me, and players I’m projecting as potential undrafted free agents (UFA) that the Jags should invite if available. I have already let you know about QBs, RBs & WR. I will now talk about TE.
- Jace Amaro (6-5, 265lbs) – He is very highly rated and looks the part. I don’t know why but he really caught me by surprise. He was bigger than I thought he’d be. He was faster than I anticipated. Wow…what soft mitts. He made catching look effortless. He is going to go much higher than we have the need but I truly wish we could get him.
- Arthur Lynch (6-5, 258lbs) – I have a lot of knowledge on him because he played wonderfully for my beloved Georgia Bulldog. He is a steady blocker. He is a large target in the passing game. Lynch seemed to show up in clutch situations, like the red zone or when a first down was needed. Nothing he did at the combine changed my opinion. Georgia used to be nick-named “Running Back University.” Over the last 10 years, I think they have become “Tight End University. Don’t believe me? Look at how many Bulldog TEs have been drafted in the last 15 years and how many still are playing.
- Joe Don Duncan (6-3, 268lbs) – I know nothing about him…I just think it would be funny to listen to the Jags PA have to state during intros…”Playing TE…Joooe Donnn DUNCANNNNN!!!!” I think that would amuse me!
- Jake Murphy (6-4, 249lbs) – I had high hopes but his game didn’t show up at the combine. He looked damn good at the Senior Bowl, but that didn’t translate during drills. Very pedestrian. Very Disappointing.
Potential undrafted free agent TE the Jags should consider:
- Jacob Pedersen (6-3, 238lbs) – Kid caught 39 passes for 551 yards & 3 TDs. That’s pretty productive. Not really a TE…won’t help with blocking at that size but worth a look.
- Ted Bolser (6-6, 257lbs) – Not only caught 35 passes for 320 yards and 6 TDs, but has caught 117 passes for 1,337 yards and 15 TDs for his career! This isn’t some division IIa player either, he played at Indiana. Bring him in if not drafted please.
Anyone who reads my articles regularly knows I am ready to part with Marcedes Lewis and his $8,250,000 cap busting hit!!! Whether that happens or not, I don’t know. I just know a good young TE brought in through the draft would go a long ways towards that happening.
See ya later with offensive Linemen.
Looking for the next Pete Mitchell…Michael McDonald.
Did I miss someone?!? Tell me on Twitter @gumbussy