Position: Tight End
Location: Valdosta, Ga.
High School: Valdosta
Weight: 240 pounds
There is not much Rome does not do well from his tight end position. He is what every coach that runs a pro-style offense wants lining up outside his offensive tackle.
Rome can be that extra blocker, he can be that go-to guy on third downs, he can create mismatches when you flex him outside inside the red zone, and he is one of the most unselfish players I have covered.
Combine his attitude, what he does on the field, his drive, and his size, you have a future NFL tight end.
What Rome has to continue to work on is getting off the ball and showing more explosiveness when getting into his routes. He is very athletic down the field, but that first step off the ball when he comes out of his stance needs to improve. He can also work on his route runner, making his breaks sharper, and getting in and out of them better. As a receiver, he catches the ball well, but it is getting to the spot the ball is supposed to go to a little better and a little quicker can be improved.
What Rome does better than any tight end in America is block. He is a blocker that really drives his feet and holds his blocks for a good amount of time. He can still improve his hand placement and keep them inside better, but more times than not, when he gets his hands on the defender, the defender is going backwards. He does a good job of using his strong lower-body here.
As a receiver, his hands are good. They are above average for a tight end. I would like to see him be a little more aggressive and attack the ball more, but he has big, strong hands, and they help him make a lot of catches where the ball may not be on the money. He also can make nice adjustments for a big tight end. He has good body control, he can create mismatches down the field, and he can be that go-to guy on the next level on third and short.
Something that will develop over time on the next level too is his strength. He is strong, but nowhere near where he can and will be down the road. He has played AAU basketball for so long and that has limited his time in the weight room. Once he focuses on football, hits the weights hard in the off-season, he will add good weight, become a lot stronger, and it will improve many phases of his game.
Overall, Rome is the total package at tight end. He can block, he can catch, and he is a team player. Barring injuries, he has a very good chance to play on Sundays down the road.