Not very fast at all, slow first steps. But can get going when he has space to pick up speed.
He has really big hands that snatch the ball out of the air, attacks the ball with his hands really well.
Shows really good route running technique, and he uses his hands and his body really well to create separation from the defender and the ball. He is just slow so it is hard for him to create a lot of separation.
Manhandles LB's and has the strength to push DE's off their spot. Doesn't go down easily when running with the ball.
A really impressive blocker, uses really good technique and is able to push DE's and LB's off their spot.
He is a big lumbering TE, so agility is not his strong suit. But he will surprise you how athletic he is from time to time.
Run After Catch
He doesn't gain many YAC yards but it does take multiple defenders to take him down. He consistently falls forward when he makes a catch.
Big Play Ability
Mostly a possession receiver, isn't really fast enough to out run defenders to the end zone.
Jake is a big bodied TE where his best quality is his inline blocking at this point. He is a really impressive run blocker, consistently pushing the defender off his spot to create holes for his RB. As a receiver his best trait is his use of consistency catching the ball, he never lets the ball get into his body and he attacks the ball with his hands so the defender can't jump it. He does a good job at using his big body to shield defenders from jumping his routes, and he uses his hands really well when coming off the line to gain an initial step on the defender. He is mostly a possession receiver who is really good on 3rd downs and in the red zone.
Jake's biggest weakness is his speed, he has below average speed for the TE position in the NFL. This affects his route running, as it is hard for him to pick up speed in and out of cuts. He doesn't create any separation when he goes against man coverage. He also has trouble staying balanced especially when he has to turn his hips, he tends to trip himself up.
Jake's blocking is going to translate really well to the next level, he is one of the best blocking TE's in this years draft. He needs a lot of work on the receiving end, like cleaning up his route running and working on his overall balance and hip movement. But he has a lot of good receiving qualities as well, he has really solid hands that snatch the ball out of the air. And he uses that big body to shield defenders trying to jump his route. If he gets drafted into a good situation he can become a starting TE that you can use on every down. I would put a 3rd or 4th round grade on him, it all depends on how he improves as a receiver this upcoming year.
Jason Witten, Mark Andrews