Gerald Christian, TE

School: Louisville  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

A four-star tight end recruit out of high school, Christian received offers from Florida State, Ohio State and other prestigious programs, but committed to Florida as a junior in high school and stuck to that even after Urban Meyer left Gainesville after the 2009 season.

He was mostly a blocking tight end under the new coaching staff and redshirted in 2010 and played in only eight games in 2011 as a freshman before announcing his decision to transfer to an offense that utilized him more as a receiver. Christian considered several Florida schools before ultimately transferring to Louisville, joining former Gators' defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. After sitting out the 2012 season due to transfer rules, he became the Cardinals starting tight end in 2013 and recorded 28 receptions for 426 yards and four scores, catching passes from 2014 first rounder Teddy Bridgewater.

Christian returned in 2014 for his senior season and set a career-high with 32 catches for 384 yards and five touchdowns, earning All-ACC Third Team honors. He earned an invitation to the 2015 East-West Shrine Game.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Athletic body type with some room to add bulk... smooth-muscled with adequate core strength...physical at the point of attack in the open field and loves to pop pads as a blocker...fluid and flexible athleticism, doing a nice job catching the ball without losing stride...transitions weight well in his movements with a smooth release and route quickness to get downfield.

Good hand use to work through jams and slip past the first line of coverage down the seam...aggressive and tough after the catch to fight for every yard and not go down easy...quick, reliable hands to focus and pluck away from his body...versatile experience, lining up mostly inline or in the backfield on college tape.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size, length and growth potential for the position...lacks elite body strength to overwhelm defenders as a blocker or ballcarrier and doesn't have the reach to keep defenders from his body...needs to be a consistent finisher and improve his technique to better sustain - makes good first contact, but needs to be more competitive mid-block to drive and bury his man, not just be content with winning the point of attack.

Lacks a diverse arsenal of route movements and needs to better set up defenders in his patterns...his vision and creativity after the catch are areas that need enhancement...improved focus and hands, but will have some drops and his ballskills still have room for development...occasionally needs route concepts and playbook details spoon fed to him...average-at-best production and never finished higher than fourth on the team in catches or receiving yards - zero career 100-yard receiving games or multi-touchdown games.

IN OUR VIEW: Christian was one of the top tight end recruits out of high school, but struggled to find a home with the Gators and felt he "wasn't fitting into the program" under Will Muschamp as a blocking tight end so he transferred to Louisville. He was a valuable and underrated part of the Cardinals offense with similar production the past two seasons as mostly a hybrid option working the middle of the field.

Christian is an agile pass-catcher with a fluid body type that fits the NFL mold of receiving targets and is tougher than he looks, although his blocking fundamentals do need work. He has the athletic traits to be a "move" tight end at the next level, but needs seasoning as a route runner before he's ready to contribute - late-round development option who leaves you wanting more, but has spot-starter potential down the road.

--Dane Brugler

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Cardinals' seven picks: Round 7/256 - Gerald Christian, TE, 6-3, 244, Louisville...This year's Mr. Irrelevant, the final choice of the entire draft, Christian could find a role with the Cardinals as a hybrid tight end/H-back. He had 60 receptions for 800 yards and nine touchdowns over the last two seasons, and is expected to be a willing participant on special teams. - The Sports Xchange


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