Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Aaron Hernandez looks like Dallas Clark
Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson doesn't list New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez among the NFL's 10 best rookies, but he's climbing the chart.
In his weekly "Rookie Watch" column, Williamson raves about what Hernandez adds to the Patriots' offense, comparing him to Indianapolis Colts star Dallas Clark. Hernandez had six receptions for 101 yards in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets.
He is a move player who is as much wide receiver as he is traditional tight end. He can line up on the line of scrimmage in the traditional tight end spot, but he is best detached from the formation or in motion.
He's a superb route runner for a rookie tight end and has soft, secure hands. He is also exceptional after the catch. Hernandez caught every pass thrown his way this past Sunday and has a catch of 45 yards or more in both games as a pro. Hernandez is exactly the type of player who succeeds in the NFL. He is the type of player who creates mismatches in his team's favor.
Hernandez, however, still is listed in the honorable mention portion of "Rookie Watch," the 13th player mentioned.
No AFC East player appears in the top 10. Buffalo Bills rookie C.J. Spiller ranked fourth in the preseason "Rookie Watch," but has tumbled to 23rd after a pair of ineffective games.
Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi is 19th.