Leonard Pope TE 6'7 250 Georgia Jr.
By: Robert Davis
NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.62, vertical jump - 37-1/2"
After Ben Watson was selected in the 1st round of the draft by the Patriots, Leonard Pope took center stage at TE for the Bulldogs. As a sophomore, Pope caught 25 balls for 482 yards and six touchdowns. He was more involved as a junior, hauling in 39 passes on the year for 541 yards and four touchdowns, earning 1st team All SEC along the way.
Pope is a complete tight end prospect. He has the ideal body for the TE position: long and lean. His size creates mismatches no matter who he matches up against. He also brings the athleticism and quickness to get open and make plays with the ball in his hands, or go up and get the ball over defenders. Pope also whos the willingness to finish off blocks and be a factor in that part of the game.
Even though he is huge, Pope could get stronger in his lower body to improve his base in blocking. He also needs to make sure he keeps his pads down because he negates his blocking ability to standing too upright at times.
Pope is an excellent tight end prospect. He is not such an explosive athlete that he lands in the top half of the first round, but he has good physical skills across the board. His size and all around talent should make him a standout tight end in the NFL. He grades out a second round prospect who may crack the end of the first round.
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