NOTE: In the days leading up to the draft, Dairyland Express will profile the players who could potentially be coming to the Green Bay Packers with the 21st overall pick in the first round. Today, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins represents another player who, based on rankings heading into tonight’s first round of the NFL Draft, would be a reach for the Green Bay Packers at No. 21 overall, but several mock drafts had the Packers making the pick.
Seferian-Jenkins is 6-foot-5½ and 262 pounds—ideal measurements for a tight end—and had 36 catches for 450 yards and eight touchdowns for the Huskies last season, numbers that were way down from his sophomore season (69 receptions, 852 yards, seven scores).
Part of that was that Seferian-Jenkins had surgery in August to repair a broken pinky finger and he suffered through some drops early in the season. He’s also had surgery to stabilize a stress fracture in his left foot in February 2013 and was not cleared for the combine or for Washington’s pro day. Durability is a big question mark.
His off-the-field activities also raise some red flags. He was charged with DUI after a car wreck in March 2013 and was suspended for the Huskies’ season opener last season. According to Scouts Inc., his interviews at the combine were not particularly strong.
There are also questions about his effort and competitiveness. Despite his size, he plays with more finesse than one would expect. But he has the size and strength to become a good blocking tight end and his ball skills are phenomenal for a tight end. He also gets terrific separation for a tight end, with size and fluidity in a combination not usually found. Not blessed with elite speed, he is agile enough to get in and out of routes and has shown the ability to get separation in zone coverage.