2015 NFL DRAFT

Ben Koyack, TE

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Oil City, PA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 255 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
12864

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.792.781.6916 -09'08"4.527.32

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Versatility could be his calling card in the NFL. Lined up primarily as a lead blocker in the running game both at H-back or fullback in 2013 and saw signification action there as an inline blocker as a senior. Koyack demonstrates strength, flexibility and quickness at the point of attack, routinely sealing the edge or clearing the hole with leverage, physicality and above all else tenacity. As a receiver, Koyack shows impressive burst off the line, is able to sink and accelerate out of cuts, and possesses superb arm length, coordination and soft hands to pluck the ball off his frame. He also exhibits a strong second gear after the catch and the athleticism to break down and make defenders miss in the open field.

WEAKNESSES: A good developmental prospect but may need a year in an NFL weight room to handle the same duties he was asked to perform at Notre Dame. Good overall weight distribution but still looks more like a big receiver than a traditional NFL tight end. Relatively narrow limbs and could use to gain strength, especially in his upper body. Can be overwhelmed by size and strength as an inline blocker and struggles, at times, to fight through the jam to get into his route. Better burst to separate than true straight-line speed.

--Derek Stephens, Rob Rang

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10/07/2014 - Notre Dame beats Stanford in final minute...Gradually, the Notre Dame football team is forging an identity. A come-from-behind, 17-14 win over No. 14 Stanford on Saturday was a step in the development for the ninth-ranked Irish. Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack caught a 23-yard pass in the corner of the end zone from Everett Golson on fourth-and-11 with 1:01 to play, ending the upset bid by the Cardinal. While college football power brokers such as Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M fell by the wayside this weekend, Notre Dame (5-0) marched on. "I don't think we played our best," coach Brian Kelly said. "We've got to play better." The Irish were good enough when it counted.

Trailing 14-10 with about three minutes to play, the Irish put together a nine-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with Koyack, who had caught only one pass for five yards in the game, being wide open in the corner of the end zone. "There was no coverage on Notre Dame's touchdown pass," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "It sounds fantastic, but he was wide open; there was nobody on him." How that happened, nobody's quite sure. Stanford (3-2) had played air-tight defense for the entire game, leading up to the clincher. "I had a flag route," Koyack said. "All I saw was the safety in the middle. I just kept running my route and waited for the ball to get there." "They had our routes covered," Golson said. "I went to my first read, and he wasn't there. I began to just improvise a bit (rolling to his left). I guess (Stanford) busted the coverage a little bit, and I found Koyack in the back of the end zone." - The Sports Xchange

 

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