A 215-pound, two-star recruit out of high school, Pedersen worked his way onto the field at Wisconsin as a redshirt freshman and steadily earned increased playing time the past four years in Madison. He is leaner than ideal, but in a similar mold as recent Wisconsin prospects as he attempts to become the sixth Badger tight end drafted since 2006. Pedersen is a willing, but finesse blocker and needs to show more aggression at the point of attack. He is a self-made player who lacks ideal athleticism, but he's versatile with good hands. A classic overachiever who projects as a back-up H-back/tight end candidate in the NFL.
STRENGTHS: Good short-area quickness and balance, staying low and controlled in his routes. Excellent body control and easily makes smooth adjustments on off-target throws. Attacks the ball with his soft hands, showing natural focus and hand-eye coordination. Gives top effort as a blocker and displays the toughness you want at the position. Versatile with most of his experience lining up inline on the line of scrimmage. Good experience with 35 career starts for a program with a history of producing quality next level prospects at the position.WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal height and overall build and muscle with room to add bulk and get stronger. Doesn't have elite top-end speed or burst and shows some body stiffness in space. Doesn't do much after contact and is very average in 50/50 situations. Bad habit of hesitating for a moment at the point of attack as a blocker and doesn't consistently square up his target. Needs to improve his placement and angles on blocks. Will look downfield before securing the catch and needs to consistently finish. Needs to improve his hand placement to better seal blocks and needs to know where to let go and avoid holding calls.COMPARES TO: DJ Williams, TE, New England Patriots - Like Williams, Pedersen lacks elite speed or strength, but gets the most out of his ability and can fit as a key reserve on a NFL roster.--Dane Brugler (2/6/14)
05/13/2014 - Falcons Add 20 College Free Agents: Pedersen, 6-5, 240 pounds, finished his career ranked seventh all-time at the University of Wisconsin with 17 touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end in school history. He was a consensus All-Big 10 honorable mention selection in 2013 after catching 39 passes for 551 yards with three touchdowns. Pedersen attended Menominee High School in Menominee, MI where he was a first-team all-state and all-conference selection as a senior as well as the Upper Peninsula defensive player of the year. - Atlanta Falcons