Draft Profile: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Fox Sports profiles Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  ASJ is considered a first/second round draft pick in next month’s draft.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

ASJ might not be as polished as some of other potential first round talents, but he is large, a capable route runner with good hands and is getting better as a blocker.  Seferian-Jenkins would pair well with Jets projected starter Jeff Cumberland and might not take too long to come up to speed, and even surpass, the talent the team already has in place.



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jetsfan14
jetsfan14

If ASJ is available in the 3rd round, he'd be hard to pass up. In the second, not so much.

a57se
a57se

Everyone always praises Ozzie Newsome of the Ravens as a great drafter and GM. Rolando McLain, the no. 8 pick in the 2010 draft just retired at 24 after playing in 41 games.........

Pat d
Pat d

Harold

All these updated mocks and ratings don 't mean squat. Players don't go up and down teams boards. Players are rated on film, their interview and measureables like height etc.

Hoz
Hoz

None of us know what Idzik is planning or what he's going to do but we need to hit a homerun on our 1st 4 picks this draft is deep enough, let's just hope our scouting did there homework like they did with Strickland.

a57se
a57se

Former scout John Middlekauff has spoken with more and more NFL personnel who view UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr as a mid to late first-round talent.

"Biggest thing I hear about Barr is he is not violent and is a raw pass rusher - just a big athlete," Middlekauff tweeted, adding he thinks the edge rusher's ceiling is high. This is the same criticism we have been nailing home for weeks. Barr has only spent two seasons on the defensive side of the ball, but he lacks power in his hands and a counter move once his initial momentum is stopped. Barr has been tabbed as a prospect with potential, but few prospects actually reach their peak. 

Last year Barr would have been top ten as there were several guys very similar to him taken in the top ten.....Ansah, Mingo and Jordan.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

I am telling you cats, the Jets are going either CB or Safety with the first pick, then, will binge on the offense. 

WW85
WW85

Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN

Jets are bringing in the top CBs this week: Jason Verrett is in Florham Park today. Justin Gilbert tomorrow. Darqueze Dennard Friday #nyj

jetlife
jetlife

My crazy Fanspeak mocks have me hoping for Ebron in the 1st and ASJ in the 2nd. Idk why, but that combo intrigues me.

WW85
WW85

What CBs will realistically be available at 49?

bob
bob

So lets say at the 18th pic these guys are available (TE) Eric Ebron (WR) Lee/Beckhem and Cooks.also (CB) Dennard and Takle/guard Zack Martin.


who do think will be the pic?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  


But the Raiders drafted McClain, Newsome just picked him up off the scrap heap as a classic low cost, low risk reclamation project.


Also, McClain actually played well, so drafting him wasn't a mistake in talent evaluation.  His downfall was injuries and off-field stuff.

a57se
a57se

@Pat d  

Teams don't leak their draft boards to the media so all the up and down stuff is purely a media phenomenon.

We don't have a really good idea where players will go BECAUSE the media may be dead wrong on a player.

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@a57se   I have barely seen him play, but I would rather go with WR or CB...I would say it's a concern to go with someone that's had only 2 years of experience at the position, but same can be said of a lot of guys.  

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100  Didn't they already binge on the offense in free agency?

a57se
a57se

@jake100  

I bet the Jets prioritize the draft prospects and pick the highest guy on their list who fits a need at 18.

Hoz
Hoz

@jake100  The jets bringing in quite a few receivers that won't make it out of the 1st rd I bet MM gets his man.

a57se
a57se

@WW85  

They are also bringing in the top WR's......well a few of them.

Beckham and Cooks....then there is Walter Powell. I really don't know why they are bringing in  Powell.

a57se
a57se

@jetlife  

You should immediately stop doing those mocks.......for your own sanity!

Brad Jerris
Brad Jerris

@WW85  

One of the Most Underrated CB in the Draft will be available at 49, Phillip Gaines. He had a great Combine, most important # 6.62 in the 3 cone drill is elite. Just about all of the top CB's in the NFL had a comparable 3 cone drill time. Before the Combine he was 4-6th round prospect, now CBS has him as the 7th best CB and to go around pick # 57. Other guys that had great 3 Cone drill times were Roby and Verrett, both are expected to be picked at the end of the first to beginning of the second round.

greggreen
greggreen

@WW85  jean-baptiste, mcgill. those are the 2 big press corners that everyone is talking about. Although i think they might be available later then 49

@denzilland
@denzilland

Bob Zack Martin would compete for the Right Guard spot or Left tackle spot? What's his strengths run blocking or pass blocking?

Pat d
Pat d

That is a no brainer. Zack Martin.

He will be long gone.

@denzilland
@denzilland

Eric Ebron 6'5" 230 and fast; him with Cumberland would be a nightmare for defenses.

Pat d
Pat d

Wilkershakes you have to go BPA.

There is only one WR rated higher than Barr and no CB.

a57se
a57se

@Wilkershakes

Barr, Niklas, McGill, Jean-Baptiste all have about 2 years at their respective positions.

I wouldn't reject them as possibilities just because of that but it does make it harder to project them since you have to figure out how much they can still learn.

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@Bent @jake100   No...they didn't free agency so those moves don't actually count.  I read that somewhere in the NFL's official rule book.

Hoz
Hoz

@a57se @WW85  I read that Marquise Lee was there yesterday & will be there today as well.

Pat d
Pat d

Gaines is most likely a 3rd - 4th round pick. CBS may rate him #7 but shame on any team that has him rated that high based on a combine drill,

a57se
a57se

@Brad Jerris  

The Jets showed interest in Gaines at the East-West Shrine game.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brad Jerris

I think the Jets and lots of teams are onto this guy.  He's been rising up mock boards.  I saw him picked in the second round on two recent boards, so he is on teams radar and I think we will start hearing more about him as we get closer to the draft.

a57se
a57se

@greggreen @WW85 

Both Jean-Baptiste and McGill are projects. Neither would step right in and contribute.

bob
bob

@greggreen @WW85


Fuller- Baptiste- Mitchel - Roberson- Roby- Verrett. are all good CB

bob
bob

@a57se @bob


LOL I know Beckhams your boy. And if the Jets do pic him. I will be very happy for you and the Jets

bob
bob

@@denzilland Zack Martin would push Both Left tackle and Right Tackle and both guards to be playing at the top of there game I think would take over at one of these spots and start.. that's just what the o-line needs.

Pat d
Pat d

1st round has to be BPA

Bent
Bent moderator

@Pat d  If Martin can really play guard then yes, otherwise that probably wouldn't do much for them in the short term.

maynard
maynard

He's bigger than that, more like 250 isn't he?

Bent
Bent moderator

@@denzilland  This ASJ guy is even bigger (6'6" 265) but I'm not sure how fast he is because he didn't work out due to a foot injury.  He doesn't look as dynamic as Ebron on film.

bob
bob

I just sign off on this draft right here...Dats Right!

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @bklyndude  "I have put a lot of time and effort into forming my opinion and once formed I don't change it lightly."


That might be what leads to people feeling you have stated it emphatically.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @a57se 

I never believe my opinion to be a fact.........

Case in point is Marqice Lee. 

I was on his bandwagon early in this process. The more I looked at his 2013 tape, reviewed WR Metrics Analysis and studied the other WR's in this draft I became more concerned with him to the point where I realized Beckham was a better prospect.

I think the difference is that I am ahead of the media in a lot of my work. For example, I was big on Charles Sims before he got ANY traction and now he is pretty well known. The same thing happened with Demarcus Lawrence who was a 5th round projection when I started looking at him back in early January. Now he is a 2nd round projection. I also got interested in Tom Savage before all the media became abuzz with the guy and now there is talk that HE might go at the tail end of the first round.

I am not taking any credit for any of these guys moves, just noting that they were on my radar before they got national attention.

My opinion is constantly being formed and reformed as necessary but it isn't based on the latest highlight reel that I've watched or the latest review that has been released by mike Mayock or one of those guys.

A lot of the CB's that get thrown around on this Blog whenever someone 'discovers' them, I've already looked at and formed my opinion on.........

I have put a lot of time and effort into forming my opinion and once formed I don't change it lightly. Not because I am stubborn but because I am pretty thorough.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude

No, I admire how much video and research you do.  When you repeat your opinion as in the case of David Fales over and over,  it becomes emphatic,  just like ODB.

Your opinion slowly becomes something you believe to be a fact instead of something that should continue to evolve based on new information that comes out during the whole lead up to the draft.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @a57se 

Emphatically? It is simply my opinion on a player.

I don't state it like it is a fact........Harold does that, not me.

Is your complaint that I state my opinion on players?

If it is, go talk to the moderators on the site as that is what  Blog is for.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude

Not sure why you put words in my mouth and say things that I did not say.  I actually agree with you that many players won't work out.

But when you state emphatically that this player or that player will or won't work out because of your scouting abilities and research is silly.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Who is saying it doesn't matter who the team picks? 

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude

No, saying all the prospects are good and it doesn't matter who we pick is silly.

Many of the picks in the draft WON't make it in the NFL for one reason or another.

Just because you are not interested in scouting the players and figuring out for yourself who is good and who isn't doesn't mean no one else should.

In regard to David Fales, he still has the best field vision and anticipation of any QB in the draft. His arm strength is knocking him down draft boards. I would not be surprised if he ends up on an NFL roster longer than most of the guys in this draft. Time will tell.


bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude @Pat d

And you adopted that opinion and kept telling everybody on this site how good Fales was going to be no matter who had any doubts about him.  I don't say this to knock you, but to point out predicting anybody's future in the NFL is not an exact science.

Saying ODB will be a stud and ASJ won't is kind of silly.  We know they will both be drafted early and will both be pretty good. 

How good is all that can be argued.

a57se
a57se

@Pat d  

Evans, beckham and maybe Lee and Cooks.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @a57se@Pat d 

You are correct...in December of 2012 Rob Rang suggested Fales would have been the top QB pick in 2013  had he come out then...now he is looking like a late round pick at best.

Pat d
Pat d

57

I was responding to Wilkershakes. Other than Watkins what other WR do you see getting picked before Barr. I suppose Dennard could go before him.

a57se
a57se

@Pat d  

Jarvis Jones and Bjoern Werner were both top ten locks most of last pre-draft season.....as well as Damontre moore.

Pat d
Pat d

Almost every rating I have seen. Barr will go top 10.

WW85
WW85

@Hoz @a57se Mike Evans supposedly visiting the NYJ as well.  Lots of guys in town.

bob
bob

@WW85

I seen some draft boards Jets picking Purifoy in the 3rd round. If it goes that far lets hope that it doesn't.

WW85
WW85

Fuller & Roby & Probably Verrett will be long gone @ 49.

bob
bob

@a57se @bob


I do value your opinion a57se .. I guess will see what happens Who ever is the 1st pic should help us there will see after draft opinions settle in I hope its good.

a57se
a57se

@bob @a57se 

He isn't 'my boy'......I just think given the Jets draft position, he will be the best player available by a wide margin.

Pat d
Pat d

Bent

Martin is the BPA

jma020
jma020

@bob  I just was watching film on Sua Filo.  That guy is an animal (in a very good way)

bob
bob

Of coarse for me A guard with the 1st pic and then ASJ with 2nd pic would be like a dream come true..

Zartan
Zartan

Thats cool by me.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

You are entitled to your opinion, Harold......we disagree.

harold
harold

@a57se

He is not an aggressive blocker?  Really

Also updating his stats does not mean they watched 2013 film.  Again many of these write-ups are written right after the season and are based on reports.  Very few of these guys actually watch the tape.  I have watched it all.  There is not one game where he was not aggressive blocking in 2013 and much of 2012.  Not sure where your statements are coming from. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit  True, although I don't know if the footage I saw (just highlight reels) was from before or after the injury.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Harold, everyone one of these are based on 2012 and 2013 film.......they may all be wrong and you and Walter Football MAY be right......I'll trust my eyes watching the guy play and running his tape side by side with Niklas.

From my film study, Niklas gets off the line MUCH faster then ASJ and has much better movement skills.

This correlates with the idea that ASJ is more the security blanket TE who doesn't have the dynamic element to his game. For someone like that to NOT be an aggressive blocker, that tells me I don't want to draft him....


harold
harold

@a57se

Again who has updated based on watching film?

You prove nothing except anyone can type anything.  Again the pundits who have watched all tape,imo realize he is a better blocker than given credit for. 

We were talking about blocking right?

a57se
a57se

@harold  

and another one:

 

  • Athleticism is impressive for his size, but it's only modest by today's standard of pass-catching tight ends. 
  • Speed is average at best, limiting his ability after the catch.
  • Too big and not enough agility to make guys miss in the open field. 
  • Takes awhile to build up speed, limiting his ability to fight through press coverage from physical linebackers. 
  • Inconsistent body control when positioning himself for contested catches. 
  • Doesn't always put himself in the best position to box out defenders in jump-ball situations and relies too much on his size to recover against smaller defensive backs and linebackers. 
  • Should have been more successful battling for 50/50 balls than he was in college despite rarely facing defenders who can match his size and athleticism. 
  • Inconsistent body control along the sideline and loses some opportunities due to awkward steps and an inability to go up for the ball and come down clean. 
  • Seems to struggle processing the defensive movement on the field.
  • Slow to react when blocking on the move and often gets lost and misses assignments. 
  • Underwent surgery on his finger in August, 2013.
  • Forced to sit out of combine drills when medical check found a stress fracture in his foot—underwent surgery immediately following combine.

Sounds more like the norm to me......

harold
harold

@a57se

That is CBS sports.  They have not updated their reports since the end of the season...

Thanks for playing...You are wasting your time.  I have read almost every internet report.  If they are lazy and do not update it is not really relevant.  

Please you are embarrassing yourslf.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

OK, Did even more reading and this is what I got:

Not as physically dominating as his size would indicate, playing with more finesse and technique than power. Does not possess the straight-line speed to challenge as a deep threat down the seam and isn't a nifty runner capable of eluding would-be tacklers.

DUI conviction based on a single-car accident on March 9, 2013 in which Seferian-Jenkins reportedly registered a 0.18 blood-alcohol content rating, more than twice Washington's .08 legal limit. Suffered a broken right pinkie prior to the 2013 season.

COMPARES TO: Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars - Like the former UCLA Bruins star, Seferian-Jenkins unique size and hands made him almost impossible to cover in college, especially in the red zone. Less than elite speed and fluidity, however, makes Seferian-Jenkins more of a traditional security blanket over the middle rather than the Jimmy Graham-like seam threat so en vogue in today's NFL. 

So they compare him to Marcedes Lewis........a security blanket who is a finesse blocker.....Keller is a better option.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @harold

You can always find an opinion on either side of a debate,  but you always find one to confirm your opinion and act as if it's a unanimous and final.   Not cool........

harold
harold

@a57se

He is not at all like Pettigrew.  Ball Skills and hands are not even comparable (Perhaps the single greatest predictor of success for WR/TE fs they have the other measurables)...But hey if you want to lie to yourself... be my guest.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Steven Windeler @Bent @Zartan @@denzilland

It also explains why Notre Dame didn't realize how good his hands were and didn't make him a priority in the passing game.  They knew he was a good tough blocker.

If the Jets want him or ASJ,  they need to plan on using the second round pick at 49.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

OK, I went a read a little more and this is what I found:

 Could stand to sculpt his physique and get functionally stronger. Work in progress as an in-line blocker. Not an explosive athlete. Ordinary release. Builds to speed. Tight hips. Does not pop out of breaks. Limited elusiveness after the catch. Receptions and yards fell off by nearly 50 percent as a junior. Character and stability need to be looked into. 

Not very convincing. The guy sounds like a bad Brandon Pettigrew..........I'll pass.

harold
harold

@a57se

Please read a little more.  I have read several trusted reports on ASJ and his blocking ability.  Again, I am referring to pundits that actually took the time to watch his Jr. year film. 

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Many experts say that ASJ has the 'potential' to develop into a good blocker.....NONE are saying he IS a good blocker.

Every TE prospect for the last 50 years has had the 'potential' to develop into a good blocker simply because of their size. Few do if they can't block that well already.

Niklas already IS a good blocker. Niklas has only played TE for two years.........I am not worried about him and his ability to block.

harold
harold

@a57se

I have watched both..Niklas may have a slight edge but nothing that may a huge difference.  ASJ is a good blocker.  He has been a solid blocker for two seasons.  the fact that he needed to get better when he got on campus, doesn't mean he is not good now.  Your ASJ bias is really a little annoying.  I gave you film that other people on the blog watched without bias and saw the kid is pretty good. 

Also many "experts after watching the tape have concurred.  Many pundits don't even really watch the last seaosn of tape until late in the process.  As they have many have seen ASJ is a good blocker ready to help from day one in the running game.

bob
bob

@a57se @Bent

Oh if that the case. I have no doubt About who I'll want I'll want Niklas. Cause I need a guy who can block it all up..Dats right!

a57se
a57se

@harold

Come one Harold.....ASJ was not that good blocking.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Niklas is definitely the best blocker out of the top four TE's...

harold
harold

@Bent

Niklas and ASJ are both quality blockers.  Ebron has ability needs to get coached up at the NFL level.

harold
harold

@boomer

He is actually more polished than Ebron as a three year starter.  He produced from day one on campus in the Pac 12.  Not sure where the unpolished talk is coming from.

bob
bob

Niklas may slip to the 3-4 round great value there.

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Bent @Zartan@@denzilland Niklas was a LB as a freshman, and behind Eifert as a sophomore, so he has as little experience as anyone. I think he's exceptional technique wise in all phases. considering he had only a year to learn, and one year of actual experience. Very smart kid. Speed I'd say would be around 4.7. His ceiling is extremely high IMO.

juunit
juunit

He's not gonna be as fast being that much bigger. He did also have a broken foot he played through all season. That would definitely hurt his dynamism.

boomer
boomer

@Bent @@denzilland  He seems to be a little rougher around the edges than Ebron. But he is an enormous target and I like the idea of a TE who also played basketball.  Usually means good athleticism and good hands.