NFL Draft Spotlight: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

by Cory J. Bonini on March 24, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Oklahoma senior tight end Jermaine Gresham (knee) has opted to enter the 2010 NFL Draft instead of taking a medical redshirt after missing his senior season due to cartilage damage. He finished his collegiate career with 111 receptions for 1,629 yards and 26 scoring catches. Gresham's best year was 2008, producing a 66-950-14 stat line. 

Strengths

  • Size: 6-foot-5 1/4, 261 pounds - provides a daunting mismatch for a lot of defenders
  • Ultra athletic: makes a great target in the red zone and in jump-ball situations
  • Catches well away from his body
  • Intelligent: Gresham knows how to find the soft spot in a zone defense and uses this for the exploitation of more yardage.
  • Versatility: A wide receiver in a tight end's body, he is capable of being flexed out to the slot.
  • Speed: not a burner but can stretch the field better than most tight ends (4.66 40-yard dash)
  • Releases well from the line in a three-point stance as well as standing up

Weaknesses

  • Durability: Gresham suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in high school and is coming off a season-ending cartilage injury.
  • Blocking: will need to be taught in the NFL how to block better; not terrible but far from ideal
  • Route-running skills: He is not terrible in this department, but Gresham needs to be more precise and may struggle on timing routes.
  • Ball security: could stand to tuck the ball away better in traffic
  • Hands: known to short-arm a pass on occasion and lets too many footballs hit his body

Expected draft placement

After missing his senior year, Gresham is expected to be rusty. Given the knee injury and time away from the field, he may wind up playing primarily on special teams in his first NFL season. A bona fide first-round grade, the former Sooner should come off the board on Day 1, but a lack of need at the position for most teams could force him into the top of the second..

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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