Can Mark Andrews sneak his way into the first round of the NFL Draft
Last year three tight ends went in the first round of the NFL Draft, a trend that continues to grow as teams look to get bigger and faster on offense.
Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews could be one of the next star tight ends to emerge in the 2018 NFL Draft. After catching 22 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Sooners Andrews declared early for the NFL Draft.
Here are some things to look at with Andrews in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Weight: 254 lbs
Andrews is a big bodied receiver who mostly played inside for the Sooners. He’s a smooth route runner who finishes at the top of his routes, making him a strong number one receiver.
Andrews is an able blocker and is often utilized on screens in that fashion despite being known as a receiver. He creates separation from defenders and is able to slip into the secondary without creating attention.
His 40-yard-dash time at the Combine and his bench press could make a strong impression on teams looking for a big target.
Andrews hands are average and he suffers from the occasional drop. Some of it is because of his hands, and the rest is concentration as he begins to turn upfield. He also fails to extend the play when the quarterback is under duress, looking as if he gave up after doing his job.
As mentioned in his strengths Andrews can block, but he’s not to be trusted as a primary blocker.
Andrews is unlikely to find himself in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but he’s certainly a quality second-round pick. Look for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, and Baltimore Ravens to inquire about Andrews in the coming months.