Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Daily draft dish: A rising star who catches
By Rich Cimini
Every morning, from now until draft day (May 8), we'll provide a draft factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
When evaluating pass catchers, sometimes we get so preoccupied with speed that we forget about the most important attribute for a player in that line of work -- his hands. The best hands in the draft, among the tight ends, belong to Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Seferian-Jenkins had only three drops in 149 targets over the past two seasons, a drop percentage of two percent -- the lowest of any top tight-end prospect. At 6-6, 276 pounds, he's also a terrific red-zone target, ranking second among FBS tight ends with eight red-zone touchdowns. Let's take it a bit further: When passing into the end zone, Washington’s quarterbacks were 8-of-10 when targeting Seferian-Jenkins, only 3-of-9 when targeting other players. They probably should'be thrown in ASJ's direction more often, no?