Scouting Report: Jermaine Gresham

Written by Will Spencer on April 14, 2010



Jermaine Gresham


Position: TE School: Oklahoma
Height: 6’5 1/4" Weight: 261 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71

Overall Grade:

6.93

Draft Projection:

Late 1st Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 6
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 10


Tight Ends Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Blocking 8 5
Hands 8 7.5
Route Running/Separation 8 7.5
Red Zone Threat 8 7



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Ideal combination of size and speed. Seems very natural as a tight end. Doesn’t fight the ball when catching. Soft, reliable hands. Unafraid to catch in traffic. Can break tackles and make people miss after the catch. Very productive when healthy and always seems to be in the endzone. A threat to stretch the field, but knows how to work the middle and the seams. His size and speed make him a match up problem for defenses. Speed/quickness on film appears to be faster than timed speed.

Weaknesses

Only a slightly above average blocker, especially for his size. Not a polished route runner. Seemed to be out of position at times or just not on the same page as the quarterback. Knee injuries are a serious concern. Will sometimes let the pass get into his pads instead of using his hands. Effort when play goes doesn’t involve him is inconsistent.

Analysis

Gresham is an absolute physical specimen and has the skill set to be a very good tight end in the NFL. His injury concerns are what will drop him on draft day, but if he medically checks out, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be a top 25 pick. Without the knee injury, he probably would have been a top 15 pick and could have gone before Brandon Pettigrew had he come out as a junior. Gresham was arrested for not paying a seat belt ticket but there doesn’t appear to be any serious character concerns. He has room to grow as a blocker and route runner, but if he develops that, he could be a dominate tight end.

Experience

Played in every game his first three years at Oklahoma, starting his sophomore and junior seasons. Missed entire senior year with knee injury.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: 2nd team All-American (AP). 1st team All-Big 12. Finalist for Mackey Award.
2007: Honorable Mention All-Big 12.
2006: n/a


Academics

Multidisciplinary studies major at Oklahoma.

Off-field Issues

Was arrested for not paying a seat belt ticket in 2009.

Injuries

Suffered cartilage damage in right knee before the 2009 season and opted to have season ending surgery to repair it. Also suffered torn ACL in left knee during high school.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2009 - - - - -
2008 66 950 14.4 73 14
2007 37 518 14.0 43 11
2006 8 161 20.1 41 1



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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.