Insider's View: Jason Witten

Formerly a nasty defensive lineman, Jason Witten has taken his skills, attitude and intellect to the offensive side of the ball and has devastated the competition as both a blocker or pass catcher. Moving to the forefront of the tight end charts, he will now test his game in the NFL.

Ht:6-4     Wt: 260     40: 4.75

Year:  3Jr

Stats/ Bio:

2002 - Started all 13 games for Tennessee. Caught 39 passes for 493 yards with five touchdowns. Saw double teams most of the time. Was again a force on special teams in 2002.

2001 - Started two of 13 games and caught 28/293/10.5/2.  Key contributor on special teams as he was a part of the kickoff return, kickoff coverage and punt coverage teams.

2000 - Started two of 12/2 catching 1/11/11/0 after being forced-fed at tight end because of injuries.  Moved over from defensive end and also played a key role on kick coverage.

Scouting Report:

The Good:  Former defensive lineman quickly becoming a complete tight end in all aspects of the game and turning into a dominant force on the field.  Powerful blocker that plays with solid fundamentals, displaying brute strength at the point of attack.  Drives defenders off the line blocking for the run or anchors and holds his ground in pass protection.  Works to finish his blocks and approaches his assignments with the nastiness of a defender.  Consistent pass catcher that continually makes the big reception during the games important moment.  Extends his hands and catches the ball away from his frame, takes a pounding yet holds onto the ball.  Soft hands and looks the pass in, displaying excellent concentration. Continually finds the open spot on the field, reads the defense and sneaks it down the seam when the opportunity arises.  Lays out and makes the difficult grab.  

The Bad: Not fast or a player that times well in the forty but then again, always making big plays down the field.  

The Skinny:  Surging towards the top of the tight end charts.  Were it not for the way he runs would be a shoo-in as a top 20 selection in April, but more than likely a late first round pick.


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