30 for 29: This is the twenty-third in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
6-5, 262 pounds, 9/29/92
2013: 36 catches, 450 yards, 8 touchdowns
A true junior from Fox Island, Washington set the Huskies records for catches, yards and touchdowns as a tight end. Won the 2013 Mackey Award given to the best tight end in the country. Stress fracture in his foot kept him from working out at Combine.
TO THE GOOD
A very smooth, tall pass-catcher who uses his body well and goes up to get the ball with abandon. Accelerates well and is able to get downfield for 20-plus targets with great regularity. Really a hybrid WR/TE in playing style.
TO THE BAD
Some questions expressed about the intensity of his effort. Also had a DUI crash in March 2013 which put him on the bench for the season opener and causes concern about his judgment. Not a real interested blocker, nor was he asked to fulfill that role.
I am big on Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz because he’s a Gronk clone that can fill Gronk’s role when 87 is hurt and allow Gronk to play outside a little more when the two are together. But Sefarian-Jenkins is a better complement in terms of bringing versatile skills. He may not be a fit because of the off-field stuff and the trepidation about his intensity and attention to detail. He may not be a successor to Gronk if the team doesn’t pick up his option after 2015. But if the Patriots want a complementary pass-catch tight end with downfield skills, ASJ is a better fit than Fiedorowicz. But ASJ will be gone in the first round, most likely. Fiedorowicz won’t.
Charles Davis, NFL.com - No. 21, Packers
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com - No. 21 Packers.