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NFL Draft Preview: Jacob Tamme

Measureables:  Tamme officially measured in at 6’4”, 232 pounds and ran his 40 yard dash in 4.60 seconds, the second fastest time in the TE group at the NFL Combine. His vertical jump was measured at 30.0 inches, which was the eight best of the group and finished the Three Cone Drill with a time of 6.99, good for fifth best.

In the 20 yard shuttle, which is designed to test a player’s lateral speed and ability to accelerate out of their stance, Tamme finished with the fifth best time of 4.27 second. In the 60 yard shuttle, a longer version of the same event, Tamme scored the second best time of the group, 11.51.

Scout’s Take:  So, what is the overall assessment of Tamme? Most scouts see him as a player with the ability to be effective as an H-Back and not the classic tight end type of player . They like his ability to catch the ball, especially when it’s away from his body, and they recognize that he can be best utilized when lined up in the slot, allowing for him to use his acceleration to separate from defenders.

The knocks on Tamme, outside of his history of shoulder injuries, mostly are based in his status as a “tweener” – the same reason that some teams seem to like him. He lacks the size to play physically as a tight end and most scouts think that if he is able to gain weight (they question his thin frame), he will have trouble keeping his speed. Another concern is his ability to go across the middle or make a play in traffic.

NFL Comparison:  Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels

Teams: There are a number of teams interested in picking up a tight end in the draft, but most of them who are likely to draft one in the first half of the draft don’t play a scheme that Tamme fits very well (Dolphins, Jaguars, Packers), so his poor blocking skills mean that he likely isn’t a fit there.  But, like the old cliché says, it only takes one team to fall in love with your skills for you to find a home in the NFL.

If a team, most likely one that is already a playoff contender, thinks they can use Tamme in passing formations or in third down situations, Tamme can find himself a niche and a home in the NFL.  One team where I think Tamme fits in very well with is the Saints.  Depending on what they do with their first couple of picks and what happens with Jeremy Shockey,  Tamme could end up in New Orleans, which could be a great place to start off his career.

Projection:  Tamme is projected as a third or fourth round pick.

Article written by Thomas Beisner