Jake has the size, speed and quickness to play more than one position for the
team that drafts him. He has the athletic ability to adjust to the ball in
the air and make the catch. He is clutch on third downs and his route
running is more mature, precise and consistent than most receivers coming out in
the draft. He shows on film to possess terrific quickness in and out of
his breaks and intelligence in how to set up his opponent to get the most out of
his ability to free himself up on critical downs. Because of his quickness
and explosiveness off the line, Jake gets open more than the average receiver or
tight end in the red zone and end zone. He understands zone coverages and
is a match-up nightmare when he plays on the outside or in the slot.
Because of Jake's size, people want to make him play a position that stunts his
athletic talent. Jake is not a tight end. Jake is not an H-back
either. Jake’s impact position at the NFL level is as a wide receiver --
that is where he is the most comfortable, mentally and physically. He has
the same talent to run routes and catch the ball as Eric Decker, WR Broncos.
Because of his size, Jake has been forced to play too many different positions.
The truth is, all this kid wants to do is run routes and catch the ball.
He really doesn't want to block and, if you use him all over the place in
different positions, he thinks too much which slows him down and lessens his
ability to impact. He wants to catch the ball and run routes; he is not
Aaron Hernandez. Moving him around and using him as a tight end has not
allowed him to show off his true receiver skills, but if you look at the tape
closely, you will see outstanding receiver ability. Don't bother looking
at his blocking -- even though he gives the effort, he lacks the passion for
I understand how teams and coaches can look at Jake and think automatically that
he would be an excellent tight end because of his size and athletic ability, but
when you see him run just one route and catch the ball, you will appreciate his
fluidity, quickness and soft hands. When
you see that type of talent, you want the ball to be thrown to this kid more
than two or three times in a game. You want at least ten passes thrown his
way, which means no 3-point stance for this kid. Free him up to run routes
and catch the ball because that's what he does the best. This kid has #2 wide
receiver skills and, with the right quarterback, could be a #1 wide receiver.
As far as drafting Jake to be your tight end or even your pass catching tight
end, I think that's being short-sighted. His pass catching and route
running skills are too valuable to not have him on the field on every down.
He will be excellent with his hand off the ground against smaller
cornerbacks or as your motion receiver and a focal point of your passing game
plan. At least that's what I see. I know Jake will not be drafted until
the later rounds of this draft. No Senior Bowl, no Shrine game and a
combine that was just ok, but you turn on the film and watch him catch just one
ball and run just one route and you see the obvious talent oozing off the screen
just waiting to show everyone what he really can do on the football field.
All Jake wants to do is run routes and catch the ball. So I say let him,
and stop making him play all these different positions that force him to think,
block and wait for his shot as the 3rd or 4th option in
the passing game plan. Let him play the position that makes him the 1st
or 2nd option in your passing game plan. Let him be a receiver
because if you do, he will be outstanding.
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart