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Patriot’s TE Aaron Hernandez - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook
This week we will post Draft Insiders,com Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.
Photo - TE Aaron Hernandez - Patriots
Aaron Hernandez #81 - 6’2” 245 lbs. - Florida - Sp. 4.70 Rating 82
Hindu Theory: Owen Daniels
Mobile athletic junior tight end has been a fine starter in the Gators potent offense providing Tim Tebow with a top weapon for their high-powered attack. Aaron declared for the NFL Draft after another strong performance especially as a receiver. He displays well-developed receiving skills over his short stay with a very good understanding to the passing game and the ability to read coverage and make adjustments. He is a mobile athlete with marginal size, though well-developed receiving skills that includes hands, footwork and COD ability that will earn him early pro playing time as an H-back. He is a competitive hardworking tight end who moves well and is a very effective getting off the line and into his routes. He has natural pass catching skills that earned him consensus SEC honors over his final two seasons. He has the ability to produce clutch plays with a keen understanding of coverage and the ability to make adjustments. He has the athleticism to block on the move with the technique and agility to sustain the block the full play. As an inline performer, he fails to get a strong push at the LOS and relies on finesse to neutralize an opponent. He lacks the pop to drive a big backer off the line and may struggle early in certain tight end sets mainly as an inline performer. As a receiver, he is a very good pass catcher who made fast progress over his career. He moves well into his patterns and runs good routes with the ability to fight off the jam and get into his pattern and create separation. He has developed sound reads in coverage and gives a strong effort to get open with the ability to compete for the ball in a crowd. Over his career, he caught the ball well with fine hands, separation and nice run after the catch ability. He does well working against zones where he reads coverage quickly and settles into openings nicely. Though he is not a powerful inline blocker, he is quick off the snap and will get his hands on an opponent to wall off a defender with the toughness to sustain relying on fairly good footwork. He is a mobile player that should make the grade as a top-flight early H-back performer, but needs to add more muscle to his frame and show better use of technique to be an accomplished inline blocker and complete player.
The Numbers: Over the 2009 season, he caught 68 passes for 850 yards with 5 TDs and a 12.5 yard average while starting every game. He earned SEC honors for the second time. As a sophomore, he led the team with 34 receptions for 381 yards and 5 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he did not workout due to minor injury. He checked in at 245 lbs and over 6’2”. At Florida pro day, he ran in the high 4.5 times with one watch having him at 4.56. He also had 30 reps in the lifting. He also had good positional drills with crisp routes while showing fine hands.
The Skinny:Highly developed receiving skills and a keen understanding of the passing game. He has the ability to get open consistently to be a factor in a pro passing game. As a blocker, he is efficient and can use his mobility and good technique to make good initial contact. Good top 100 pick with highly developed physical tools to become a key role performer. He is the type with the talent to flourish in a system like the Colts, Chargers or Dolphins.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.