Jake can catch the ball with some of the best receivers in this draft. He has
excellent hands and a big catch radius. He adjusts well to the ball in the air
and this allows him to make contested catches going low or high pointing the
ball. He is a weapon in the red zone and in the middle of the field will move
the chains. Jake is what a quarterback would call a security blanket because of
his ability to catch the ball and move the chains and although he is not the
speediest of Tight Ends in this draft he is one of the most secure catching
Tight Ends in this draft.
As far as blocking is concerned Jake is average to poor at best. There are wide
receivers that block better than he does. His lack of foot speed and lateral
agility makes it very hard for him to block in space. As far as an in line
blocking is concernedÖletís just say, he has a looooong ways to go. Also Jake
was injured at the end of the year and has not been able to work out and this
will affect his draft status.
Jake is not fast and has to use the umpire in the middle of the field along with
his offensive coordinator calling play action on third downs for him to gain any
separation but he can catch the ball and he will move the chains and he can
score touch downs in the red zone. Jake will also use his body and turn his
numbers to his quarterback and that makes him a big target. His ability to catch
passes at clutch times in a game is not to be taken lightly nevertheless I think
most teams will think of Jake as the second Tight End in a two tight end system
with the ability to impact in the red zone and on third downs. At least thatís
how I see him being used unless he improves his blocking and than he can stay on
the field for more downs.