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Florida Tight End Aaron Hernandez

The former Gator is currently the NFP's No. 1 ranked tight end prospect. National Football Post

Print This April 06, 2010, 07:20 AM EST

Aaron Hernandez: Florida, No. 81, 6-2, 250, TE

A thick, well-built athlete who possesses good overall girth and muscle tone in both his upper and lower bodies, Hernandez is a versatile threat in the pass game, has the ability to line up both on and off the line and is athletic enough to consistently take on man-to-man coverage. He showcases good body control as a route runner and is sudden when asked to change directions and get out of his breaks. He does a nice job keeping his feet under him, using his frame to shield more athletic corners (see Florida State) and plucking the ball. Hernandez is a load to bring down after the catch, exhibits improved short-area quickness for the position, knows how to make a man miss and accelerates quickly in the open field. He runs with good power when he has the ball in his hands and is certainly a threat to create after the catch. He possesses the straight-line speed to stretch the defense down the seam, gets on top of linebackers quickly off the line and is patient/instinctive enough to sell the double move and burst by defenders downfield.

He displays soft hands and good range when asked to adjust to the ball and make the difficult catches. He possesses good concentration and has a knack for coming down with the big reception. Hernandez displays good body control and range as a blocker and does a nice job when lined up in the backfield reading defenders off his frame and then sealing on contact. I don't think he has the power to play on the line as the Y and move defenders, but he's athletic enough to stick to blocks on stretch runs to his side. He lacks ideal overall height and might not have an exact position in the NFL. Is he a TE/FB/H-back? No matter. He's too talented a pass catcher to not create plays and looks like a Dallas Clark-type prospect.

Grade: 7.5

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