With the 38th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
The Buccaneers however already have Tim Wright and newly signed Brandon Myers as active tight ends on the roster. Tom Crabtree and Luke Stocker are also both still on the roster so tight end was not exactly a position of need for the Bucs.
Seferian-Jenkins is a big build, has great hands and has good initial quickness at the line of scrimmage. However, he isn’t a quick player and doesn’t always use his big body to his advantage.
But the biggest question surrounding this pick is what exactly the Bucs plans are at the tight end position. They now have three credible players at the position who could make a big impact on the Bucs throughout the 2014 season.
To me, the only way this selections makes sense is if Wright finally moves to receiver, and the Bucs use Myers and Seferian-Jenkins as their tight ends. Whether we’ll see the Bucs in a two tight end set remains unclear but it’s a possibility.
However, none of those three guys possess elite blocking skills – they are entirely pass catching tight ends. Crabtree still may have value on the roster because of that but it appears Stocker’s days in Tampa are numbered.
Also, Seferian-Jenkins missed the Scouting Combine and pro day workouts as he was recovering from surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot discovered during medical testing in Indianapolis.
I like this pick based solely on Seferian-Jenkins’ skillset and if he was a receiver, I’d give this pick an A. However, it only further clouds the tight end position for Tampa so the grade suffers because of that.
Final grade: B
What grade do you give the Bucs’ selection of Austin Seferian-Jenkins?
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