Dustin Keller - TE
Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue
Name: Dustin Keller
College: Purdue Number: 28
Height: 6-3 Weight: 242
Position: TE Pos2: H-back
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2008
40 Time: 4.85 40 Low: 4.78 40 High: 4.96
Projected Round: 4 Stock:
Rated number 4 out of 96 TE's 95 / 2523 TOTAL
Combine Results Pro Day Results
Draft Scout Snapshot: 14 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 56-771-13.8-4; KR: 3-39-13-0; Honorable mention All-Big Ten in '06. 10 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 13-128-9.8-3; Appeared in 10 games as reserve and on special teams in '05. 9 GP; 1 GS; Rec: 5-102-20.4-2; Moved from wide receiver to tight end in '04. Did not play in '03.
Keller is a former wide receiver turned tight end whose quickness off the snap, top end speed and production in this offense have scouts paying him close.
A similar looking prospect to Washington Redskins H-back Chris Cooley, Keller may be limited to an H-back role at the next level due to his less than ideal size, strength and blocking for the traditional tight end role. Keller emerged as a junior to become one of college football's most productive tight ends. Last season, his first as a starter, Keller snared 56 passes for 771 yards and five touchdowns in 2006.
His senior season has been more of the same (61-731-6) for the talented receiver. The concern for scouts, of course, is Keller's lack of size and strength. While he plays hard, Keller struggles at the point of attack and is much more comfortable in the passing game. Keller is prone to lapses in concentration, and drops more passes than he should.
In a weak year for senior tight ends, he is among the better prospects -- and one who, if used in the correct system, can be productive at the next level.
Positives: Well-built athlete. ... Chiseled frame. ... Very good natural athlete with the love of the weight and film rooms to improve. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Steady acceleration, body control and top end speed to generate consistent separation from defenders. ... Good deep speed to challenge the seam. ... Reliable route-runner whose previous experience as a wide receiver is obvious. ... Uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball. ... Flashes good hands to high-point passes. ... Willing blocker.