STRENGTHS - Quick and explosive, Gray is a dynamic athlete who makes big plays when he has the ball in his hands. Naturally instinctive and possessing great vision/awareness running with the ball, he cuts quickly to follow blocks and has the wiggle to make tacklers miss. Thickly built with good balance and agility, he can keep his feet vs hard hits. Although he rarely shows it in routes because they need so much work, he does have the natural burst/quickness to get separation out of his cuts when his routes are sharp. Possessing big hands, good body control and coordination, Gray flashes the ability to make tough catches. A smart young man, Gray has the character, work ethic, smarts and intangibles that NFL teams love. Although he is very raw as a quarterback, he does have a strong arm and with his athleticism and intangibles some team may work with him for a season to see if he can develop his physical talent and become a quality passer at the NFL level.
WEAKNESSES - Gray is a really raw prospect who is a long way from being a major contributing player. As a quarterback he had bad mechanics, inconsistent accuracy and does not seem to have a great feel as a pocket passer, which is why I do not believe he can ever develop into a starter. While he is no doubt athletic enough to start at tight end in the NFL, he is a long way from becoming a contributing one. At the Texas Versus the Nation Game he looked like a long term project who will need at least a season or two on the practice squad to be able to make an NFL roster. He was upright running his routes and struggled getting in and out of his cuts quickly, which limits his ability to get separation. However, most alarming were his hands. For a player who looks natural catching the ball warming up, he struggled greatly catching the ball every day of practice. Way too often he allowed the ball to dictate to him how he should try and catch the ball, which led to him fighting the ball and dropping more passes than he caught.
SUMMARY - A highly productive, multi-faceted offensive weapon at Minnesota, Gray does not have the passing skills to ever become a quality starting quarterback in the NFL. However, I was very disappointed with how much he struggled playing tight end at the Texas versus the Nation Game as I thought he was going to shine that week and earn a spot as a mid-round draft pick. Overall, Gray is unlikley to be drafted because he is such a long term project. I think he will likely be tried as a quarterback as a rookie because of his arm strength, character and intangibles, but after a season his team will try to convert him to tight end as his lack of passing skills will become apparent. With time, patience and development, Gray has the physical talent to contribute as a pass catching tight end in the NFL, but I doubt he will ever become a starter.