Christa’s Scouting Report: Jesse James

Overview: Jesse James is a junior from Penn State. During James’s career as a tight end for the Nittany Lions he broke the school record for career touchdowns with 11 touchdowns passing Ted Kwalick’s record of 10 career touchdowns. He will be entering the draft with a college career of 76 catches for 995 yards.

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Strengths: Posses excellent blocking skills. An intelligent player. Ideal frame for an NFL tight end. Strong and reliable hands. Great and reliable red zone target. Able to create mismatches against defenders. A tight end who has one of the most potential out of this year’s draft class.

Weaknesses: Has to be more aggressive when it comes to getting the football. At times relies on his body (chest) to catch balls.

My NFL Comparison: Patriots tight end Robert Gronkowski. Why Gronkowski? Both James and Gronkowski posses similar skill sets. Like Gronkowski, Jesse James is a fast, reliable, and a big red zone threat that has the skills to take it to the next level.

Projected Round (2015): Between a 4th and a 5th round draft pick.

Bottom Line: A weak draft class, however Jesse James has the tools and one of the most potential out of this year’s draft class to be an impact starter. Teams will fall in love with his upside and potential. His size and blocking ability will make him an intrugating option for team’s in need of a tight end.

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