Insider Scouting Report: TE Dedrick Epps

The San Diego Chargers drafted Dedrick Epps in the seventh round to compete for the roster spot vacated by Brandon Manumaleuna. To learn more about San Diego's newest tight end, we check in with Mike Bakas, the publisher of Canes Time.

Dedrick Epps (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) was an on-again, off-again starter at Miami. He played in 38 games during his four-year career, finishing with 49 receptions for 634 yards and six scores.

ML: What was Epps' role in Miami's offense? And why was he never able to emerge as a full-time starter?

MB: Miami plays a lot of multiple tight end sets and Epps was the primary guy his junior season and was expected to be as a senior. However, the emergence of Jimmy Graham (a high draft pick) kept Epps as the No. 2 guy at tight end.

ML: Are there one or two skills that will help him get onto the field in the NFL?

MB: He's a natural pass-catcher. A wide receiver in high school, Epps understands how to get open and make things happen in the passing game. And the next thing is the athletic ability. He may be a bit undersized but he runs very well and is very athletic.

ML: Did he play any special teams at Miami? How do you see him faring in there?

MB: Not much, but he's a big kid who runs well, so you never know.

ML: What will he need to improve on most to carve out a niche in the Big Leagues?

MB: He's never been considered a great blocker and will need to improve on that as he gets to the next level, especially since he's not the biggest kid around.

ML: Are there any current or past NFL players you would compare him to?

MB: I'm never good at comparisons but he's a 6-3/250 pass-catching, athletic tight end prospect who will need to continue learning how to block to make the biggest impact.

More of Mike Bakas' work can be found on Scout.com's Miami site, Canes Time.


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