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2015 NFL DRAFT

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fox Island, WA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 262 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
5232

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Broad-shouldered, long-armed mismatch in the passing game with rare body control and soft hands for a man of his size. Good initial quickness off the snap and possesses very long arms and strong hands to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage.

Reliable route-runner. Finds holes in the defense and settles, presenting a massive target to his quarterback. Catches the ball with defenders in close proximity due to his size advantage, as well as concentration and toughness to hang on while absorbing a hit. Impressive flexibility and body control for a man of his size. Adjusts well to the ball, showing the range to leap high or bend low, exhibiting an impressive catch radius. Smooth accelerator with at least fair top-end speed.

Imposing ballcarrier with the ball in his hands, capable of running through arm-tackles. Improved significantly as a blocker in 2013, showing greater strength and aggression as the Huskies featured others in a new high-octane spread offense.

Displayed humility and accountability by serving one-day sentence in jail and speaking to youth (along with the arresting officer, and a mother of a high school-aged student killed in a DUI-related accident) about the dangers of alcohol after pleading guilty to a DUI rather than pleading out and taking a lesser sentence.

WEAKNESSES: Not as physically dominating as his size would indicate, playing with more finesse and technique than power. Does not possess the straight-line speed to challenge as a deep threat down the seam and isn't a nifty runner capable of eluding would-be tacklers.

DUI conviction based on a single-car accident on March 9, 2013 in which Seferian-Jenkins reportedly registered a 0.18 blood-alcohol content rating, more than twice Washington's .08 legal limit. Suffered a broken right pinkie prior to the 2013 season.

Missed Scouting Combine and pro day workouts recovering from surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot discovered during medical testing in Indianapolis.

COMPARES TO: Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars - Like the former UCLA Bruins star, Seferian-Jenkins unique size and hands made him almost impossible to cover in college, especially in the red zone. Less than elite speed and fluidity, however, makes Seferian-Jenkins more of a traditional security blanket over the middle rather than the Jimmy Graham-like seam threat so en vogue in today's NFL.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

The Fox Island, Wash. native was a two-sport star at Gig Harbor high school and was rated as the No. 32 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com.

Seferian-Jenkins caught 41 passes for 538 yards as a true freshman, and followed that up with 69 receptions for 850 yards in 2012.

Seferian-Jenkins won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2013 and was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, according to the Seattle Times. He holds the school career records for tight ends for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches.

The 6-foot-7, 270-pounder announced he would forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

"I'm going to be enter the 2014 draft," Seferian-Jenkins said after the Huskies' 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl. "(It's) very exciting. The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level I the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world - it's a very exciting idea. I'm very exciting for the next chapter in my life."

Seferian-Jenkins was expected to declare for the draft with the Washington program transitioning from former coach Steve Sarkisian to Chris Petersen and with senior quarterback Keith Price also leaving.

Seferian-Jenkins entered the 2013 season already holding the Washington career record for tight ends with 110 catches, 1,390 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He was suspended after being charged with a DUI on March 9, but returned for the second game of the season and went on to catch 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 16-yarder from Price on Friday night.

"I've done everything I can at the University of Washington. ... I know I'm ready for the NFL," he said, per the Times. "I need to take care of my mom and making sure she's financially OK. She's done so much for me, it's the least thing I can do."

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Round 2/38 -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, 6-5, 260, Washington...Seferian-Jenkins was the second tight end off the board, and the Bucs had a top-20 grade on him. He had eight touchdowns last season despite playing above his normal weight at 280. Seferian-Jenkins also gives the Bucs a tight end who excels at run blocking as well as receiving. - The Sports Xchange
 

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