Throwback Scouting Report -2010 NFL Draft
Aaron Hernandez TE/H-Back Florida
New England Patriots
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What makes this player NASTY? (Strengths)
Possesses WR-like ability. Hernandez has a huge catching dexterity, with the ability to play bigger than size in passing game. His versatility inside positions within the Gators' passing scheme often drew attention that created opportunities for other players. Hernandez uses a lot of head and shoulder fakes to get separation from defenders on out-breaking cuts. He is used like a WR much of the time when they are in their empty spread formations. Will line up at the #3 position on their 3-WR side (lots of digs, outs), with drives from #2 receivers. Also will line up at the number 2-Weak position with #6 Thompson on the backside of their (3X2 Trips) empty formations. His ability to contort his body, catch the off-target ball and run after the catch give credence to his value as a passing threat.
Used very sparingly as an in-line blocker. Occasionally will line up in Y-Off position on the LOS…when having to block an end in his pass pro, shows relative lack of experience. Doesn’t get proper arm extension to control DEs. Can be caught off balance by overextending and not bringing his feet on contact. Has the toughness to develop in this facet of game, however. Will sometimes get lazy at the top of his routes when down the field, giving the DB the opportunity to close from depth (Miss St. '09). Has had some off the field concerns.
Hernandez was one of the nation's top recruits coming out of high school and was an early enrollee at Florida. He once registered a 376-yard receiving performance at the prep level, which at the time ranked as the seventh-best performance statistically in high school history. Even though he's an early entree, has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll while in school.
Time to get NASTY (Our Summary)...
Many at DraftNasty compared Hernandez to former Miami, FL. TE Kellen Winslow. Both players graded below average in the blocking department when coming out of school, but Winslow flashed improved blocking ability as an H-Back type during his final campaign with the Hurricanes. They both possess unique run after the catch ability for their size and outstanding body control to make tough catches. Hernandez, who will probably time in the 4.65-range; with above average stride length once he gets to top speed. A versatile threat who can cause matchup problems, he can adjust to poorly thrown balls and flashes some ankle flexibility in getting in and out of cuts. He has above average balance and will break arm tackles. His experience with the ball in his hands has made him a valuable asset on shovel passes during his time as a Gator. He shows the vision and forward body lean to get yards after contact.
Scouting Report by: DraftNasty Staff Reports