Jeremy Sprinkle, Tight End, Arkansas Razorbacks
Weight: 252 pounds
Arms: 34-½ inches
Hands: 10-¾ inches
40-Yard Dash: 4.69 seconds
Vertical Jump: 29 inches
Broad Jump: 116 inches
Shoplifted from Bowl Game sponsor store, despite receiving a gift back and a $450 shopping spree. Suspended for the Belk Bowl game.
Dual tight end that can be a receiver and block, so he can stay on the field. Works well in pass protection, which he uses his long arms effectively. More than willing to be physical at the point of attack as a blocker.
Good body control for his size. Possesses a gnarly stiff arm after the catch. Has the arms and hands of an offensive tackle at the NFL level. Can engage and sustain blocks at all levels. Really good down blocking.
Big target in the middle of the field. Effective on play-actions and screens by selling the blocks well before going into his route. Long-strider that eats up yards quickly. Good catch radius and isn’t afraid to lay out for passes. Hard to cover for linebackers. High points the ball over defenders well.
Upper body strength needs work. Heavy feet. Route running is sub-par. Flails into breaks. Gives routes away with arms and hips. Needs coaching to learn route running positioning. Doesn’t work back to the ball as well as teams want.
Doesn’t look for work as a blocker if he disengages. Looks lost as a blocker at times. Hand placement needs work as a blocker. Ankle injury set him back a lot. Above mentioned character issue.
Sprinkle is one of the few true dual-type tight ends in the class. He is a jack of all trades type that needs work in all phases. He won’t excel as a blocker or as a receiver, but can be reliable in both.
Five Hot Threads On The MHH ForumsDallas Insider Says Elway Lied Marshawn Lynch To The Raiders? No Talib Suspension? Broncos Lucked Out Broncos Draft Talk A Trade Down?
Coaches will have their work cut out for them, and teams will have to get to the bottom as to why Sprinkle shoplifted, especially from the bowl game sponsor.
Fit With The Broncos
While he isn’t a pure receiving threat, he is a tight end that can do whatever is needed. Even though the Denver Broncos need the receiving threat more, they can’t overlook someone to help in all phases.
They have Virgil Green, but he doesn’t bring the receiving threat that Sprinkle can bring. Having someone who can do block and catch helps with confusing defenses.
If you have a blocking-only tight end on the field, defenses can kind of guess what his job will be and the play. Sprinkle should be an option for the Broncos, if he clears up the shoplifting incident.
Draft Grade: Round 4
Where He Goes: Round 5
Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.