Prospect profile: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida

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    [​IMG]Prospect profile: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
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    Printer-friendly versionSunday, Mar. 21, 2010 - 11:06 a.m. ET
    Sporting News' Pro Football War Room has hundreds of player evaluations in preparation for the 2010 NFL draft. Here is a capsule look at prospect Aaron Hernandez:

    Aaron Hernandez caught 68 passes for 850 yards and five touchdowns in 2009.NFL position: TE
    Height: 6-2 3⁄8
    Weight: 245
    40 time: 4.58
    Current projection: Second-round pick

    Hands: Can reach out and pluck the ball and make catches on normal passes, inside option passes and option passes on the outside edge. Shows great hands, which, combined with his body control, coordination and concentration, enable him to make tough catches on off-target passes with ease. Grade: 8.0

    Patterns: Does not run many routes more than five yards down the field, and his patterns near the line are not sharp. Runs better routes down the field. Disguises his routes well and flashes the ability to turn on a defender and get separation. Grade: 7.5

    Run after catch: In college, didn't get many chances to run after receiving the ball because most of his catches were near the line. Was impressive when he did get those opportunities, however. Is quick after the catch and gets to full speed quickly. An instinctive, patient runner who finds open space. Is able to run through arm/grab tackles to gain yards after contact. Doesn't have elite speed to lose defenders and score touchdowns. Grade: 7.5

    Release: Needs improvement. Doesn't explode off the ball into routes. Is fast but not really explosive from the start. Has little experience fighting through jams from an in-line alignment but does have the long arms, strength and agility to become effective at releasing against the jam. Grade: 5.5

    Blocking: Is not dominant but keeps his man from making the play. Delivers a hard initial blow but must stay on his feet and under control to finish blocks. Has experience lining up as a wingback behind the tackle or guard gap. Has the pickup to get through the line to the second level quickly and can make a good seal block on the linebacker. Needs to gain weight to improve his strength and consistency as a blocker. Grade: 6.0

    Bottom line: Hernandez likely will be a second-round pick who should start early in his career and become a good receiving threat. He lacks ideal height as a red-zone target, but he will be better than expected as a blocker.

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