Here are the numbers. You tell me what position he plays:
• 4.41-second 40-yard dash
• 46-inch vertical jump
• 10-foot-8 broad jump
• 4.25-second short shuttle
• 6.93-second three-cone drill
Any guesses? Cornerback? Wideout? Running back?
Nope. Those are the measurables of 6-4, 234-pound Kent State product Jameson Konz.
Konz is a former linebacker who made the move to offense in 2008. But after injuring his ankle in the season opener, he was forced to red-shirt and sat out nearly the entire season. In 2009, however, Konz was moved to the hybrid H-back position on offense and showcased the type of athleticism needed to consistently make plays down the field and expose defenses vertically. He finished the season with only 21 catches but had nearly 300 yards receiving and averaged more than 14 yards per catch. Not bad for a guy who spent his first three years at Kent State trying to slow down receivers in the pass game.
To put into perspective the kind of athlete Konz is, his 46-inch vertical would have been the best jump recorded at the NFL Combine by 2½ inches, regardless of position. His 10-8 broad jump would have been the best of the tight end group by three inches, and his times in the 40, short shuttle and three-cone drill would have made him among the top performers at his position.
So what are NFL teams thinking about Konz after his pro day?
Well, here’s the catch: Only one team showed up to watch him, the Cleveland Browns. But if I were to put down a bet on any prospect having the most private visits from now until draft time, my money would be on Konz.
He’s far from a finished product, which can be expected from a guy who has only really seen the offensive side of the ball for one season. However, Konz runs extremely well for his size, showcases natural body control and knows how to adjust and high-point the ball down the field. There’s a lot of untapped potential to his game. As a future H-back type of option who can move around the offense, occasionally line up in the backfield and create mismatches in the pass game, Konz should draw significant interest.
You won’t hear his name called during the first couple of rounds of the draft, but you can bet there will be a lot more homework done on Konz in the coming weeks to figure out how high he’s worth selecting. The numbers simply speak for themselves.
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