The Kansas City Chiefs made it four offensive players in a row when they traded up with the Miami Dolphins and selected TE Jake O’Connell from Miami (OH) in the seventh round (237 overall).
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 40 to O’Connell and ranked him as the 50th best tight end.
You can check out his Tennessee State profile here.
O’Connell possesses prototypical size, the ability and top-end speed to create decent separation on underneath routes. He needs to put a lot of work in to become usable in blocking situations.
Yesterday, Nick Krueger at the Naples Daily News chronicled why O’Connell could be drafted or signed by an NFL team this weekend:
O’Connell, who spent most of his career at Gulf Coast in the defensive secondary and returning punts, made the transition to tight end at Miami (Ohio), where he enters the NFL Draft with as impressive physical attributes as any other at his position. O’Connell is listed at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, but he’s beefed up in preparation for the draft, running a 40-yard dash at around 4.6 seconds — faster than top tight end prospect Jason Pettigrew of Oklahoma State — while springing a 41-inch vertical jump and benching 225 pounds 20 times.
Clearly physically impressive, I wonder about him as a football player. I also have to imagine if the team was going to draft a TE, Cameron Morrah out of California would have been the better option. Plus, why not try to strike gold at Cal again, especially on the heels of the Tony Gonzalez trade to the Falcons. Again, hard to get too worked up over the 237th pick in the draft but I’m scratching my head why Scott Pioli wouldn’t want to go with a more polished product like Morrah.