Scouting Report: Aaron Hernandez

Written by Will Spencer on April 6, 2010




Aaron Hernandez


Position: TE School: Florida
Height: 6’2 3/8" Weight: 245 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.56

Overall Grade:

6.36

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 7
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 8
Character 6 4.5
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 8


Tight Ends Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Blocking 8 2
Hands 8 8
Route Running/Separation 8 7.5
Red Zone Threat 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

An excellent pass catcher. Does a nice job getting the ball at the highest point and has good control of his body. Uses his hands to catch and rarely lets a ball get into his body. Has the speed to create separation against most inside coverage. Very good after the catch and knows how to make a defender miss. Solid route runner.

Weaknesses

Not a quality blocker by any means. Shows lack of effort as a blocker, reaches, and does not sustain blocks. May be limited to an H-back role in the NFL due to his size. Strength is questionable. Has trouble getting through the press at the line. There are concerns about some off-field issues that Florida has kept close to the vest.

Analysis

Hernandez is far from the most complete tight end in the draft, but he may be the best receiving tight end. A pure pass catcher, Hernandez is a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. He has the quickness, football smarts, and physical ability to create separation and make plays at the next level. Though he’ll probably play more of an H-back role for an NFL team, that doesn’t mean he won’t be a solid contributor. If Hernandez can land on a team that likes to spread the defense out and doesn’t ask him to block much, he could have himself a very nice NFL career.

Experience

Started every game in 2009. Started 11 of 13 games in 2008 in place of Cornelius Ingram. Saw action in 13 games as a true freshman in 2007.

Awards and Honors

2009: John Mackey Award winner (best tight end). Sporting News and AP First-Team All-American. First-team All-SEC selection at tight end by the Associated Press, the league’s head coaches and Phil Steele.
2008: n/a
2007: Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com.


Academics

Social and behavioral sciences major at Florida.

Bloodlines

Father, Dennis, played defensive back at UConn and brother, D.J., played both WR and QB for UConn.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2009 68 850 12.5 64 5
2008 34 381 11.2 38 5
2007 9 151 16.8 55 2






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.