Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker leaves the Volunteers after his senior season to try his hand in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is one of the top tight end prospects available in what is ultimately a weak class.
In 2009, Stocker caught 29 passes for 389 yards and scored five times. Last year, he finished with 39 grabs for 417 yards and only two touchdowns.
- Flexible - gives himself a wider range to catch a pass
- Ability to pick up chunks of yardage in the open field
Soft hands - reliable, sure-handed receiver
Is his stock rising?
- Capable of breaking multiple tackles during a single play
- Quality size (6-foot-4 3/4, 258 pounds)
- Finds the soft spot in zone coverage
- Good body control and balance
- Hard worker
- Tough - played through injuries
- Experienced in a pro-style offense
- Needs to improve his blocking technique
- Has to become a more consistent route runner
- Didn't post impressive test results
- Has trouble creating separation versus man coverage
- Could improve his effectiveness around the goal line
Expected draft placement
Stocker is a talented prospect that doesn't show it through testing. Put on the tape and you'll see a different story. He should develop into a safety valve for years to come, and Stocker reminds us of another former Volunteer tight end: Jason Witten.
Expect Stocker to be the second player chosen at his position, coming off the board no earlier than the late second round. There isn't a big need for tight ends this year, and the positional depth is suspect across the draft class.
About Cory J. Bonini
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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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