Road to the Draft: Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Road to the Draft: Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins
April 30, 2014, 10:45 pm
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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
2012: 69-857-7
2011: 41-538-6


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.



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.



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, - No. 21, Packers

Daniel Jeremiah, - No. 21 Packers.