By: Steve Johnson
Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 7 games.
2017: 13 games.17 Rec, 303 yards, 2 TDs.
2018: 13 games. 32 rec, 514 yards, 2 TDs
History: Four-star QB prospect out of Albuquerque. He threw for 3,734 yards and 27 TDs, and ran for 1,013 yards and 26 TDs as a three-year starter. He was first-team all state as a Senior.
Strengths: Big body, huge target. Good athlete. Fluid for his size. Has shown the ability to take advantage of defenders who want to dive at his legs, rather than take him straight on. More wiggle than you’d think, given his length. Vertical seem threat. Matchup problem for smaller linebackers/safeties. Good body control. Has some pass pro upside. Has special teams experience.
Weaknesses: Raw (came to Michigan as a QB). Route running needs work. Isn’t going to break many tackles with power. Needs to get stronger. Not a great blocker by many means. Does not win the leverage game as an in-line blocker. Leg drive is below average, has an obvious weaker lower body. Competitive toughness is a question mark. Did not have great production.
Overview: Gentry has the tools (size, athleticism) but is still very raw. His overall blocking ability is poor and he is still years away from having the ability to be a starting TE in this league. He would be best fit in a system with a good veteran Tight End to be groomed and occasionally be a seam weapon in 12 personnel.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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