Colin has good size to play his position. He shows solid quickness as an inline blocker when getting out of his stance and engaging. He has excellent techniques when blocking for both the run and the pass. Colin works well with the offensive lineman when blocking and looks to be a great teammate. He shows nice hands to catch the short passes to move the chains on those all important third downs. Colin is the type of player that all teams in the NFL can use; he should become a core player for the team that drafts him. He takes pride in blocking and moving the chains and likes the responsibility of being a part of moving the chains on those important third downs. He can sense when a play has the potential to turn a game around and steps up his game at those important moments. Colin is an offensive coordinator's best friend.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Colin shows good feet and balance when blocking, but he does not show the same quick feet and balance when running his routes. He needs to get a lot stronger in his upper and lower body. The longer Colin runs a route, the harder it is for him to catch the ball. Right now, Colin is dependable on short routes, stop routes and routes inside or near the goal line. He is very consistent inside the red zone, but does not break many tackles or give you much run after the catch yardage. I think the reason for this is because Colin does not want to fumble and is willing to go down and protect the ball. I suspect that Colin doesn't have confidence in his hands (in general), so he would rather protect the ball than gain extra yardage. This is not a bad thing if you are going to depend on him inside the red zone. Colin has solid talent and needs to work on his route running and overall strength, but I believe he will improve in all of these areas in the future.
Colin reminds me a lot of a tight end who played in the NFL for 16 years and played in 235 games before he retired. Pete Metzelaars was an excellent blocker with decent hands who was dependable in moving the chains, but did not give you much run after the catch yardage. He was a core player for some championship teams and a fan favorite. Colin has that type of potential if drafted by the right team. If you are looking for a TE/WR/H-back, then you are not interested in Colin. However, if your team is looking for a tight end who will help to make your offense productive in both the run and passing game, then you are looking for a player exactly like Colin. In this draft, with all the spread offenses that the NFL teams are running now, Colin is a dying breed unless he can step up his route running and be more consistent catching the ball down the field. He could do this, but it will take some time for him to develop this portion of his game.
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