Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma State 2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Oklahoma State tight end Blake Jarwin is a forgotten man in a deep class of tight end prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft…

Every player in the NFL has a role and when the 2017 NFL Draft rolls around, Blake Jarwin will find his. The product out of Oklahoma State wasn’t the most productive receiver on the field from a statistical perspective but he should be able to make a roster in the NFL.

After graduating from Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jarwin went to Oklahoma State. He spent 2012 as a redshirt and spent 2013 on the practice squad but didn’t see any game action. However, 2014 through 2016, he played in 28 games and had 41 career receptions. With only five career touchdowns, I wouldn’t consider him a red-zone threat but he’d be perfect fit as an ‘H-back’.

Strengths:

  • Catches the ball cleanly and rarely with his body.
  • Fights for extra yards after the catch.
  • Nice safety valve for a quarterback on short yardage situations.
  • Good combo blocker with proper leg drive.

 

Weaknesses:

  • Whiffs on blocks when getting to the 2nd level.
  • Has a tendency to turn his shoulders when blocking and not stay square or at pad level.
  • Needs to sharpen his routes — often times, he’ll round them.

Overall:

His positives definitely outweigh his negatives. From a special teams perspective to short yardage, Blake Jarwin has a spot in the league. He reminds me of Rhett Ellison who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He’s only had 51 career receptions through four years in the league but they both tested the same during the draft process.

During his pro-day, Jarwin posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.73 seconds, 20-yard shuttle time of 4.39 seconds and a 34 1/2 inch vertical jump. At the combine, Ellison had posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.69 seconds. Then posted the exact same shuttle time as Jarwin and a 32 1/2 inch vertical jump. Both being the same size at 6’5 and around 250 lbs., I think Jarwin can play in a similar role in the league as Ellison.

Right now, I could see Blake Jarwin getting drafted on the third day of the NFL Draft and be a fit for a team like the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars or Oakland Raiders in the 5th or 6th round.