NFL Draft Spotlight: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida

by Cory J. Bonini on April 15, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez is one of the most athletic players at his position in the 2010 NFL Draft. He finished his three-year career with 111 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 scores. His junior season was by far his best, finishing with 68 receptions for 850 yards and five scores.

Strengths

  • Tough over the middle - willing to put his body on the line
  • Adjusts well to errant passes
  • Very athletic
  • Smooth, fluid pass catcher
  • Makes plays after the catch and has good vision in the open field
  • Tough to bring down

Weaknesses

  • Not a very good in-line blocker
  • Lacks prototypical size for a tight end (6-foot-2 3/8, 245 pounds)
  • Won't fit many offensive systems well
  • Character issues
  • Not a very good route runner

Expected draft placement

Think a poor man's Dallas Clark - tough, athletic, fast enough and anything but typical. We're not saying Hernandez will ever live up to that comparison, but remember it took several years before Clark was a formidable weapon. In all likelihood, Hernandez will be a third- or fourth-round pick.

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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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