STRENGTHS: Great hands. Old school with no gloves. Excellent hand-eye coordination and focus. Consistently catches the ball away from his frame. No hesitation in traffic, go-getter with guts. Good initial quickness off the ball. Consistent and reliable route-runner. Recognizes holes in zone coverage. Settles quickly, presents large target. Good awareness and football instincts.
WEAKNESSES: Not the massive target or seam threat en vogue in today's NFL. Rolls out of his breaks. Not explosive. Average straight-line speed who won't scare defenders. Limited elusiveness. Struggles to make opponents miss in the open field. One-gear runner. Light-legged, willing blocker. Limited strength as an inline blocker.
--Rob Rang, Derek Stephens
Grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and a 2013 All-ACC second-team honoree, O'Leary showed was a Mackey Award finalist with 33 receptions and seven touchdowns as a junior and then won the award in 2014 with 48 receptions for 618 yards and six scores.
His college career ended with a relative thud -- O'Leary injured his hamstring in pregame warmups for the Rose Bowl Game against Oregon - buthe comes with plenty of fanfare. O'Leary does all the little things well and has terrific hands. But he's more of a complementary threat than a future superstar. Because of the limited ceiling, it could be the fourth round before O'Leary is drafted.
05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Bills' six picks: Round 6/194 -- Nick O'Leary, TE, 6-3, 247, Florida State...The grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus will have a chance to make the Bills because their tight end depth chart is thin behind free-agent signee Charles Clay. O'Leary was the 2014 John Mackey Award winner as the nation's best tight end. He set FSU tight end records for receptions (114), yards (1,591), and touchdowns (18). He has excellent hands, but his lack of speed will curtail some of that big-play ability. - The Sports Xchange