40 time: 4.76
Draft board overall prospect rank: #21
Draft board tight end rank: #1
Overall rating: 86*
2/27/10: After his 4.76 40, questions about the health of his knee have resurfaced. That’s the last thing Gresham wants to happen at this point. 4.76 isn’t awful, but he was expected to run at least .1 to .15 seconds faster so this is a bit concerning.
1/18/10: Despite being injured all season, he’s still an elite tight end at the next level. Assuming his knee holds up strong through the combine and in team workouts, he’s a lock to be the first tight end off the board and a first round pick. He’s big, 6-6 260, and fast mid 4.6 40, and has amazingly soft hands. He’s not afraid to go over the middle and he’d be a welcome target for any quarterback in the league. He put together one of the greatest statistical seasons ever by a tight end in 2008 with 66 catches for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns and would have been the first tight end off the board in 2008 had he declared.
Injury update (9/14/09): Gresham is out for the year after having knee surgery. He’ll have to prove a lot in the combine, in his pro day, and during his individual workouts, but I fully expect him to be the first tight end off the board in 2010.
5/21/09: Jermaine Gresham is probably the highest rated tight end prospect to come out of college football since Kellen Winslow and he has a good chance to be an even better pro than Winslow. Like many tight ends, Gresham started out as a basketball player, but after displaying unusually soft hands for someone of his size, his high school coach thought he would stand out more on the football field, as he did. At 6-6, he’s an amazing red zone target. He isn’t going to run a 40 in the 4.4s like Vernon Davis. He isn’t as good of a run blocker as Brandon Pettigrew. However, he has an amazing combination of great size, speed, and great hands. He rarely drops a pass. He is not even 21 yet so he has a ton of upside and room for improvement. He’s only been playing football for 6 years, but he is just a naturally gifted athlete with a love of the game and a great work ethic and those type of players normally succeed at the next level. He doesn’t have great speed, but he should run in the 4.6s and that will be able to cause some matchup problems in the NFL, though not too many. He’ll be more of a threat in the red zone with his 6-6 height, great vertical leap, and long arms. He has experience both playing on teams surrounded with talented wide receivers, as he did at Oklahoma, and also he played against some of the nation’s best defenses in the Big 12, so the NFL should be as much of a transition for him as it would for some other tight end. He needs to get stronger and become a better run blocker before you can truly call him an all around great tight end. However, I have no reason to believe that he can’t do that with a few years more experience.
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Shockey
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